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 may register for the Math Placement Exam at Test Dates or Online ProctorU (MPE).

Is there a difference between the SAT I and the SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Tests?

Yes. 

The SAT I covers content through Algebra 1 or Intermediate Algebra and qualifying scores of 600 or higher only meet the prerequisites for Math 3C. 

The SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test covers content through Precalculus and qualifying scores of 600 or higher meet the prerequisites to Math 4C, Math 10A, and Math 18; and scores of 650 or higher meet the prerequisites to Math 20A.  

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.  Additionally, an AP AB Calculus score of a "2" (or AB-subscore) is valid for 2 years.  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 UCSD math courses.  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 and it does not satisfy prerequisites for UCSD math courses. You must take the MPE if you do not meet other prerequisite criteria. 

The IB Mathematics Higher Level (HL) and Further Mathematics exams can earn math credit for scores of 5, 6, or 7.  IB HL 5 or higher do not expire for earning credit.  See Placement In Math Classes.

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

If the course has been approved for transfer equivalency, and you passed the course with a C- or better, you may enroll directly into the next level calculus course without taking the MPE. If your course is not approved for transfer equivalency, then you might be able to petition the Math Department for credit.  Be sure to request that the community college send your transcript to UCSD as soon as your qualified course is completed.

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 UCSD math courses.  You must take the MPE if you do not meet other prequisite criteria. See Placement In Math Classes.

Do the scores expire for the ACT, SAT I, SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test, AP Calculus, IB HL 5+, and MPE?

The scores for the ACT, SAT I, SAT Mathematics Level 2 Subject Test, and the AP Calculus AB score of a "2" are valid for placment for 2 years. The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is valid for one year.  AP Calculus scores of (3,4,5) and the IB HL 5 or higher do not expire for earning credit.

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

Course work in precalculus (or college algebra or statistics) at another college or university do not satisfy prerequisites for UCSD math courses. You 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?

If your equivalent credit or official test results have not posted to your academic records, then you should submit a request for a preauthorization using the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy).

If you still have unanswered questions about math placement or the Math Placement Exam you may email your question to mathtesting@ucsd.edu.