Calculus Placement Exam Information

The Calculus Placement Exam is for students who want to take Math 30, 30P, 30PL and Math 71 and do not already meet the prerequisites. Students who already meet the prerequisites or who want to enroll in Precalculus or College Algebra do not need to take the placement exam - visit the Math Placement and Prerequisites page for more information. Students who do not already meet the prerequisites will not be able to enroll in their Calculus I class until they have taken the placement exam.

Calculus Placement Exams are offered after the last day of a term through the Add Deadline of the following term.

Students requiring accommodates should contact the Math Department and the AEC to coordinate an alternate time/location.

CPE Testing Dates

Day Time Room
Tuesday, June 27 (closed) 10:00am to 12:00pm MacQuarrie Hall 221
Friday, July 7 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Tuesday, July 11 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Thursday, July 13 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Saturday, July 15 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Tuesday, July 18 2:00PM to 4:00PM TBA
Friday, July 21 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Monday, July 24 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Wednesday, July 26 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Friday, July 28 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Tuesday, August 1 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Thursday, August 3 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Saturday, August 5 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Monday, August 7 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Wednesday, August 9 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Friday, August 11 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Monday, August 14 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA
Wednesday, August 16 7:30AM to 9:30AM TBA

 

How do I register?

You can register online through CashNet. Registration information and the CashNet link can be found on the CPE Registration Form page. Registration confirmations/admission tickets are emailed within 1-5 business days.

Note: Online registration ends at 3:00 pm the day before the exam or when all the exam spots have been filled, whichever occurs first. Walk-ins may permitted depending on availabe space.

How can I prepare for the test?

An explanation of the material covered on each part of the test and a link to a practice exam can be found on the Preparation for the CPE  page.

What do I need to bring with me?

On the day of the exam you will need to bring your printed confirmation email (electronic versions will not be accepted), photo ID (SJSU Student ID preferred), and pencils and/or pens. 

No calculators are allowed on the test.

Should I bring my calculator?

No. 

When do I get my scores?

An email is sent out within 1-2 business days of the test to let you know which class you place into. As soon as you get that email, you will be able to enroll in that class. If you have any issues enrolling, check out the Calculus Enrollment page.

CPE for Incoming Frosh Students

It is strongly recommended that incoming frost students take their placement exam either before their orientation or on the first day of orientation so that they will be able to register for the appropriate math classes during their orientation.

Students who take the placement exam on the morning of their orientation should be sent a placement email before registration starts in the afternoon. Advisors also receive a list of which courses students placed into to help students enroll in appropriate classes.

If you need to change your math course after orientation, you must have an advisor remove your enrollment hold and then contact the Math Department to have your class switched.