Math Placement Requirement (MPR)

ALL students who register in MAT 12, 16A, 17A, or 21A, will be required to take the Math Placement Exam. This means we do not accept SAT-M or AP scores for those courses. For MAT 16A, 17A, or 21A, you are required to take the Math Placement Exam regardless if you passed MAT 12 (or an equivalent course elsewhere).

The Math Placement Requirement (MPR) determines if you are prepared for college-level math courses offered at UC Davis. This is determined by the Math Placement Examination (also sometimes called the "Precalculus Exam"). The passing exam scores and course placement details are listed below. NOTE: The department will begin dropping students who do not qualify, AFTER the end of the last testing session for that particular quarter.

MATH PLACEMENT EXAMINATION

The Math Placement Examination is only available online. There will be two testing sessions per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring), and a student may only take it once per testing session. As with any exam, 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 testing periods will be notified via email regarding when they will be able to take the exam.

SUMMER SESSION 2017

Math Placement Exam sessions for Summer Session 2017 are open to students enrolled in Summer Session courses. If you are registered in MAT 12, 16A, 17A, 21A, or 21M and have not taken the placement exam, or did not received a qualifying score for the course you are registered in, you will be automatically registered in the testing sessions listed below:

Summer Session I - Testing Session 
Begins at 1PM on June 19 and ends at 1pm on June 27
Summer Session II - Testing Session
Begins at 1PM on July 31 and ends at 1pm on August 8

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

MANUAL REGISTRATION
Summer Session I Submit manual registration request from June 19, 2017 at 1PM until June 26, 2017 at 1PM
Summer Session II Submit manual registration request from July 31, 2017 at 1PM until August 7, 2017 at 1PM

FALL QUARTER 2017

Math Placement Exam sessions for Fall Quarter 2017 are open to all students. If you are registered in MAT 12, 16A, 17A, 21A, or 21M and have not taken the placement exam, or did not received a qualifying score for the course you are registered in, you will be automatically registered in the testing session listed below:

Fall Quarter Testing Session 1
Begins at 1PM on September 6 and ends at 1pm on September 12
Fall Quarter Testing Session 2
Begins at 1PM on September 27 and ends at 1pm on October 3

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

MANUAL REGISTRATION
Fall Quarter Testing Session 1 Submit manual registration request from September 6, 2017 at 1PM until September 11, 2017 at 1PM
Fall Quarter Testing Session 2 Submit manual registration request from September 27, 2017 at 1PM until October 2, 2017 at 1PM

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

Staff assistance during the testing sessions is only available during regular business hours, Monday-Friday from 9:00a-4:00p. Should you require help, please contact us at placementhelp@math.ucdavis.edu.

CURRENT REQUIREMENTS

You must satisfy the MPR if you wish to enroll in MAT 12, 16A, 17A, 21A or 21M as outlined in the following table:

Course
Math Placement Exam
Total Score
with Trigonometry
Sub-Score
MAT 12
25 or more   -------------
MAT 16A
30 or more with 2 or more
MAT 17A
30 or more with 2 or more
MAT 21A
35 or more with 3 or more
MAT 21M *
40 or more with 3 or more