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Do I Need to Take a Math Placement Exam?

 All students must meet the prerequisites of a math course to enroll in that course. 

Accepted Prerequisites:

  • AP Precalculus exam score of 4 or higher
  • AP Calculus AB or AB sub-score (or BC for 2020) exam score of 2 or higher
  • AP Calculus BC exam score of 3 or higher
  • IB Mathematics Higher-Level Analyses & Approaches exam score 5 or higher 
  • Foreign A-Level Mathematics exams (such as GCE) grade C or higher (on approved courses)
  • Transfer Equivalent Credit - UCSD awards transfer equivalent credit for approved calculus courses and statistics (not precalculus) taken at other colleges and universities.
  • Qualifying placement on a UCSD math placement exam for enrollment to Math 2, 3C, 4C, 10A, 20A and 18.

Not Accepted as a Prerequisite to Enroll in Math:

  • Precalculus taken in high school or at another college or university 
  • Statistics taken in high school at another college or university 
  • IB Higher-Level Math Applications and Interpretations and any IB Standard-Level Mathematics exams are not UC transferable; therefore, they cannot be used to meet the prerequisites to enroll in math at UCSD

Math Placement Exam

Students not meeting a course requisite listed above prior to starting at UC San Diego will need to earn a qualifying placement on the Math Placement Exam (MPE) before they will be able to enroll in math.

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