Math Placement and Prerequisites

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Satisfaction of the ELM (Entry Level Math) Requirement

All entering San Jose State University students must satisfy the ELM requirement either by

  1. Passing the ELM exam (with a score of 50 or higher)
  2. Getting an exemption from the ELM exam (a score of 550 or higher on the SAT or a score of 23 or higher on the ACT, etc.)
  3. Completing the appropriate Developmental Math sequence: Math 1003AB, Math 1006AB,  or Math 1006L.
For more information about the ELM requirement contact:
 

developmentalstudies@sjsu.edu

 

 

Students who satisfy the ELM requirement are eligible to take any of the following classes which satisfy the area B4 GE requirement, Math 8: College Algebra, Math 10: Math for General Education, Math 19: Precalculus, or Math 70: Finite Math.

 

Lower Division Prerequisites

In order to be eligible for lower division Math courses, students must first have satisfied the ELM requirement. The following are other lower division courses and their corresponding prerequisites.

 

Math 30: Calculus I:

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below.

  1. A score of 47/57 (or higher) on the Calculus Placement Exam.  Register for the CPE at the Math Office, MH 308, or online here.  More information about the CPE can be found online at http://www.sjsu.edu/math/calculus/
  2. A grade of B or higher in Math 19: Precalculus or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation.  If you take Math 19 at SJSU, you will be able to register for Math 30 as soon as your Math 19 grade is posted (you can register earlier if you take and pass the CPE).  If you take Precalculus at another college, then bring a copy of your transcript to the Math Office, MH 308.

NOTE: Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.

 

Math 30P and 30PL: Calculus I with Pre-Calculus:

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below.

  1. A score of 35/57 (or higher) on the Calculus Placement Exam. Register for the CPE at the Math Office, MH 308, or online here. More information about the CPE can be found online at http://www.sjsu.edu/math/calculus/
  2. A grade of C or higher in Math 19: Precalculus or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation. If you take Math 19 at SJSU, you will be able to register for Math 30P as soon as your Math 19 grade is posted (you can register earlier if you take and pass the CPE). If you take Precalculus at another college, then bring a copy of your transcript to the Math Office, MH 308.

 NOTE: Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.

Math 71 Calculus for Business & Aviation:

To register, satisfy 1, 2, or 3 listed below.

  1. A score of 550 (or higher) on the SAT, or a score of 23 (or higher) of higher on the ACT.
  2. A score of 20/32 (or higher) on the Calculus Placement Exam.  Register for the CPE at the Math Office MH 308, or online here.  More information about the CPE can be found online at http://www.sjsu.edu/math/calculus/.
  3. A grade of C- or higher in Math 8: College Algebra (or Math 19: Precalculus) or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation. If you take Math 8 at SJSU, you will be able to register for Math 71 as soon as your Math 8: College Algebra (or Math 19 Precalculus) grade is posted (you can register earlier if you take and pass the CPE).  If you take College Algebra at another college, then bring a copy of your transcript to the Math office MH 308.

NOTE: Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.

 

Math 31: Calculus II:

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below.

  1. A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB exam. NOTE: A passing grade in a HS Calculus course is not sufficient.
  2. A grade of C- or higher in Math 30 (Calculus I), or Math 30P (Calculus I with Precalculus), or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation

NOTE: Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.

 

Math 32: Calculus III:

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below.

  1. A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus BC exam. NOTE: A passing grade in a HS Calculus course is not sufficient.
  2. A grade of C- or higher in Math 31 (Calculus II) or an approved equivalent college course found online at SJSU Articulation.  You can register before your grade is posted, but instructors will check to make sure that the prerequisite is satisfied so be prepared to show a copy of your transcript/grade report on the first day of class.

 

Math 32H: Calculus III Honors:

  1. AP Calculus BC exam score 4 or higher.

 

Calculus Placement Exam

The Calculus Placement Exam can be used to satisfy the prerequisites for the first semester of calculus, including Math 30, Math 30P/PL and Math 71. More information, including test dates and registration can be found on the Calculus Placement Exam Information page.

Because the purpose of a placement exam is to place students in the most appropriate course based on their current comfort with math topics, we strongly discourage taking the test more than one time as it may place the student in a class they are not adequately prepared for.

We also discourage students who have taken or are taking Math 19 to take the CPE in order to place into a class that is higher than the class they are eligible for based on their Math 19 grade. A student's grade in Math 19 is a better indicator of Calculus preparation than the placement exam.