Calculus Placement Exam Dates

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Calculus Placement Exams (CPE)

CPE is Given for:


  • Math 30 - Calculus I

  • Math 30P – Calculus I with precalculus 

  • Math 71 – Calculus for Business & Aviation

Do I need to take the CPE?

Nearly all students who wish to enroll in Math 30, Math 30P, or Math 71 are required to take the CPE. If you have met the prerequisites for the course that you are interested in, then you do not need to take the exam.

Does the CPE exempt students from the Entry Level Math (ELM) exam?

No, the CPE does not exempt students from ELM exam. Students can take Math 8 (College Algebra), Math 10 (Math for General Education), or Math 19 (Precalculus) without taking the CPE as long as they satisfy the ELM requirement.

What material is covered in the CPE for Math 30 & 30P?

Students are required to take CPE Part 1, which covers College Algebra, and CPE Part 2, which covers Trigonometry and Properties of Elementary Functions. Students will be required to start in Math 19 (Precalculus) if they do not pass.

What material is covered in the CPE for Math 71?

Students are required to only take CPE Part 1, which covers College Algebra, and if they do not pass the exam, they will be required to start in Math 8 College Algebra.

Are practice exams available to students? 

Yes!  Click on “Practice Exam for CPE”.

How do students register?

Students can register online by clicking on “Sign up for the exam”.  Students can also contact the Math Department if the online registration form cannot load. Registration MUST be made PRIOR to the day of the exam.

What method of payment do you accept?

The $20 payment can be made in the form of cash or check. Checks should be made payable to San Jose State University (SJSU). Payment can be made in person, mailed or on the day of the exam.


Upcoming CPE Dates:

Spring 2014

**Incoming Freshman can register to take the CPE on the first day of their Orientation from 7:30AM to 9:30AM.**

Note: Online registration ends at 3:30 pm the day before the exam.






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Thursday 6/12/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 6/19/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 6/26/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 7/03/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 7/10/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 7/17/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 7/24/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 7/31/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 8/07/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Thursday 8/14/14 10:00AM - 12:00PM


Math Department Office is located in MacQuarrie Hall  Room 308
Telephone: 408-924-5100
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.