Math Placement Requirement (MPR)

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The Mathematics Course Placement determines your level of preparation for college-level math courses offered at UC Davis. All students who register in MAT 12, 16A, 17A, 21A, or 21M are required to take the Mathematics Course Placement. Students enrolled in Mathematics 12, 16A, 17A, 21A, or 21M without satisfying the required minimum scores will be administratively dropped from the course by the mathematics department after the end of the last math placement session for that particular quarter. There are no exemptions for SAT, AP, or IB scores, as well as math coursework taken at another institution. 

Please note that if you take MAT 12, you still need to take the Math Placement again after passing MAT 12 before you can continue on to MAT 16A, 17A, 21A, or 21M.

Math Course Placement 

The Math Course Placement is only available online. There will be two math placement sessions per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring), and a student may only take it once per math placement session. If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact the UC Davis Student Disabilities Center.

Students enrolled in MAT 12, 16A, 17A, 21A, and 21M  who do not meet the Math Placement Requirement (MPR) before the math placement sessions will be notified via email regarding when they will be able to take the Math Placement.

Winter Quarter 2022

Math Placement sessions for Winter Quarter are open to all students. If you are registered in MAT 12, 16A, 17A, 21A, or 21M and have not taken the placement, or did not received a qualifying score for the course you are registered in, you will be automatically registered in the placement session listed below:

Winter Quarter Session 1 Begins at 11 AM on December 8 and ends at 11 AM on December 14
Winter Quarter Session 2 Begins at 11 AM on January 3 and ends at 11 AM on January 11

If you are not currently enrolled in one of these courses but would like to register to take the math placement, fill out our manual registration form.

Winter Quarter Session 1 - Manual Registration Submit manual registration request from
11 AM on December 8 until 11 AM on December 13
Winter Quarter Session 2 - Manual Registration Submit manual registration request from
11 AM on January 3 until 11 AM on January 10

For more information about the math placement, please refer to our Math Placement FAQ webpage.

Math Placement Scores

Preparation Tips

Current Requirements

Transfer Flow Chart for MAT 16, 17, 21 series