Frequently Asked Questions

I plan to take a math course at UCSD. Do I need to take the MPE?

How do I register to take the MPE?

You must register for the Math Placement Exam. See Test Dates.

I took the AP Calculus exam but have not received my score. Should I take the MPE?

You should take the MPE if you think that you might score a "1" or "2" on the AP AB Calculus exam.  See AP Credit for more information.  You may take the MPE if needed after results are released in July.

I took the AP Statistics exam. Do I need to take the MPE?

The AP Statistics does not satisfy prerequisites for any UCSD math course.  You must take the MPE if you do not meet other prequisite criteria. See Placement In Math Classes.

I took the IB Mathematics Standard Level (SL) Exam. Do I need to take the MPE?

The IB Mathematics Standard Level (SL) Exam does not give you credit for a UCSD math course, no matter what score you make. Only the IB Mathematics Higher Level (HL) and Further Mathematics exams can earn math credit (scores of 5, 6, or 7 only). You must take the MPE if you do not meet other prequisite criteria. See Placement In Math Classes.

I took calculus through a community college while still in high school. Do I need to take the MPE?

If you passed the course with a C- or better you may enroll directly into the next level calculus course without taking the MPE. Be sure to request that the community college send your transcript to UCSD.

I took AP Calculus in high school calculus class but I did not take the AP exam and I did not receive college credit. Must I take the MPE?

High school credit for an AP Calculus course does not satisfy prerequisites for any UCSD math course.  You must take the MPE if you do not meet other prequisite criteria. See Placement In Math Classes.

Do I have to retake the MPE if I took it over a year ago?

Yes, your placement results are good for only one year.

I took precalculus at a community college. Am I exempt from taking the MPE?

Course work in precalculus (or college algebra) at another college or university does not satisfy prerequisites for any UCSD math course. You are not exempt and must take the MPE if you do not meet other prequisite criteria. See Placement In Math Classes.

I qualified for a math course but the registration system says I do not have the prerequisite and will not allow me to register for any section. What should I do?

Contact the Math Testing and Placement Office, mathtesting@ucsd.edu, and we will check your record and clear you for registration.
If you still have unanswered questions about math placement or the Math Placement Exam you may email your question to mathtesting@ucsd.edu.