Math Placement and Prerequisites

Placement into Math 30, Math 30P/30PL, Math 71 (Update): Starting in Fall 2018 students who want to take a beginning calculus course at SJSU, Math 30 Calculus I, Math 30P/30PL Calculus I with Precalculus, or Math 71 Calculus for Business and Aviation will need to attain Math Enrollment Category M-I and receive a passing score on the ALEKS PPL placement exam from the SJSU testing office or they will need to pass the appropriate prerequisite course to waive the placement exam, Math 19 with a B or better for Math 30, Math 19 with a C- or better for Math 30P/30PL, and for Math 71 the placement exam can be waived by getting a C- or better in Math 8, a C- or better in Math 19, a 550 or higher on the SAT, or a 23 or higher on the ACT. If a student wants to take the placement test, they will need to contact the testing office (testing-office@sjsu.edu (408)-924-5980 Industrial Studies Building #228 appointments: 8:30-4:30).

The following table lists prerequisites for the lower division courses. See prerequisite map for a visualization of prerequisites in general. After the table, we give details.

Math 19 Satisfy ELM requirements OR Calculus Placement Exam*
NOTE: The Calculus Placement Exam is not required to enroll in Math 19*
Math 30P/30PL Math 19 with "C" or better OR Calculus Placement Exam
Math 30 Math 19 with "B" or better OR Calculus Placement Exam
Math 31 Math 30 with "C-" or better OR AP Calculus AB score of "3" or higher
Math 32 Math 31 with "C-" or better OR AP Calculus BC score of "3" or higher
Math 71 Math 8   OR Calculus Placement Exam
SAT Math score of 550+ (old version) or 570+ (revised score) OR ACT Math score of 23+ 

 


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.

Math 30: Calculus I

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below. (Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.)

  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.

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

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below. (Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.)

  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.

Math 71 Calculus for Business & Aviation:

To register, satisfy 1, 2, or 3 listed below. (Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.)

  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.

Math 31: Calculus II:

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below. (Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient. )

  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

Math 32: Calculus III:

To register, satisfy 1 or 2 listed below.(Passing a High School Calculus course is not sufficient.)

  1. A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus BC exam. 
  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:

You must pass the AP Calculus BC exam with 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.