Who Takes the Math Placement Exam

You must take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) before registering for an introductory mathematics class at UCSD unless:

  • You have taken the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus Exam and received a score of 2 or better1; OR
  • You have completed at least one quarter of college credit calculus that has been approximated by the UCSDMathematics Department2; OR
  • You have received a score of 600 or better to qualify for Math 10A, or 650 or better to qualify for Math 20A, on the SAT II Level 2 Mathematics Exam; OR
  • You have received a score of 5 or better on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Higher-Level (HL) Exam [not the Standard Level (SL) exam]; OR
  • You have received credit by means of a foreign exam (e.g., GCE).

1If you took a calculus course in high school but did not take the AP Calculus Exam and did not receive college credit for the course, you must take the MPE before registering for a UCSD math class.

2A precalculus course taken at either the high school or community college does not qualify for placement. You will need to take the MPE.

If you would like to enroll in Math 10A or Math 20A

We strongly encourage you to take the online MDTP Calculus Readiness (CR) test to determine your readiness for either course. The CR online test is NOT a placement test, but rather an advisory test that informs you if you are prepared for a calculus course or if you need to review specific math topics before taking such a course. If you achieve a sufficiently high score on the CR online test (24 for Math 10A, 30 for Math 20A), then you should be able to achieve a qualifying score for Math 10A or Math 20A when you take the MPE. You are strongly encouraged to take an early administration of the MPE to secure your placement into Math 10A or Math 20A. Click the Test Dates link on the left for a list of scheduled dates and sites.

If you would like to enroll in Math 3C or Math 4C 

We strongly encourage you to take the online MDTP Mathematical Analysis Readiness (MR) test to determine your readiness for either course. The MR online test is NOT a placement test, but rather an advisory test that informs you if you are prepared for a precalculus course or if you need to review specific math topics before taking such a course. If you achieve a sufficiently high score on the MR online test (20 for Math 3C, 25 for Math 4C), then you should be able to achieve a qualifying score for Math 3C or Math 4C when you take the MPE. You are strongly encouraged to take an early administration of the MPE to secure your placement into Math 3C or Math 4C. Click the Test Dates link on the left for a list of scheduled dates and sites.

If you are not sure whether you must take a mathematics course or you want information about your mathematics preparation, you may take the MPE and receive the diagnostic information.The placement results do not appear on your permanent record or transcript of courses for UCSD.