Prerequisite Criteria for Math Placement

All students must meet one of the following prerequisites before they may enroll in a math course at UC San Diego:  

  • SAT I* Math Exam score 600 or higher for Math 3C (students are strongly recommended to take the MPE)
  • ACT* Math Exam score of 22 or higher for Math 3C (students are strongly recommended to take the MPE)
  • ACT* Math Exam score of 25 or higher for Math 4C (students are strongly recommended to take the MPE)
  • SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test score 600 or higher for Math 10A, Math 4C, or Math 18
  • SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test score 650 or better for Math 20A
  • AP Calculus AB (or AB subscore on BC) Exam score 2 for Math 10A, Math 4C, or Math 18
  • AP Calculus AB (or AB subscore on BC) Exam score 3 for Math 20A 
  • IB Math HL: Score of 5 or higher
  • Course credit grade of C- or better in an approved calculus course from another college or university
  • Foreign credit by exam for High Level Mathematics  (e.g., GCE); contact us for more information
  • Qualifying placement on the UCSD Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE)

*Enrollment to a class using the SAT I or the ACT as a prerequisite is not automatic.  If you decide to take a math course  using the SAT or ACT Math as your qualifying prerequisite, then you will need to request a preauthorization using the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) at: https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/Modules/Students/PreAuth/.  Our office strongly recommends for students to take the MPE to see if they qualify for a calculus course.