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Do I Need to Take the MPE?


All students must meet the prerequisites of a math course to enroll in that course. Students whose academic history does not include one of the prerequisites below will need to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) before they will be able to enroll in math.

  • SAT Subject Level 2 Math exam score of 600 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 (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.
    • Precalculus taken at another college or university does not earn equivalent transfer credit and is not a prerequisite for any math course at UCSD.
    • Statistics taken at another college or university does not meet the prerequisite to enroll in math at UCSD. 

Note: The 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. Students who do not meet course prerequisites will need to take the MPE.

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