A student may receive credit for specific UCSB mathematics courses by having taken the qualifying exams in Mathematics stated below.
Advanced Placement Test Credit
Calculus AB and Subscore:

Calculus BC Test and Subscore:

International Baccalureate Exam Credit
Higher Level Mathematics

Cambridge International A Level Exam Credit
Mathematics Exam
Grade of A,B or C=  8 units of credit applied to Math 3AB; placement into Math 4A 
Mathematics Further Exam
Grade of A,B or C=  4 units of credit applied to Math 4A; placement into Math 4B 
Credit by Examination
The UCSB Mathematics department does not accept any course credit via examination (except for certain AP, IB, and Cambridge Exams). Students must complete Math courses with a passing grade in order to receive credit.
The Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE)
The Mathematics Placement Exam is used to determine a student's readiness for an introductory calculus class, either Math 2A or Math 3A. (Please see the list below for majors that require these series). This test is not required for students who wish to take Math 34A*.
* What is the difference between the Calculus 2 or 3 series and the 34 series? Math 34AB is a terminal series designed for students whose majors require a basic understanding of calculus and its applications in the social and biological sciences. Math 2AB/3AB is for students in the physical sciences and engineering, or for those who wish to study calculus beyond the first year. They are followed by Math 4AB and Math 6AB.
The Math Placement Exam is:
 Free of charge
 Available to take without preregistration
 A multiple choice exam with 60 questions
 Administered online several times an academic year
If your enrollment in a math course hinges on your test score, take the test as early as possible. This allows you time to review the suggested topics and even retake the test after studying before the new test becomes available.
Topics
 Exponents and Radicals
 Functions and their Graphs
 Geometry & Geometric Applications
 Linear Equations and Inequalities, Absolute Values, and their Graphs
 Logarithmic and Exponential Functions and their Graphs
 Polynomials and Polynomial Equations and their Graphs
 Rational Expressions and their Graphs
 Trigonometry
Notice that you are expected to show competence in each of these areas. At the end of the exam, you will be NOT given a placement recommendation immediately. However, you will be told how you did in each of these topic areas so you can begin reviewing the areas you are weakest in (either in anticipation of enrolling in a math course or in order to prepare to retake the placement exam).
Preparation
We recommend taking an online readiness test to practice for the MPE.
You are allowed to take the exam multiple times, but you have to wait until the new window of examination is offered.
Recommended refresher books
 Precalculus Review Topics [PDF] by Sara Hawtrey Jones.
 JustInTime Algebra and Trigonometry by Mueller & Brent. AddisonWesley ISBN 0201419513
 Schaum's Outline of College Algebra by Spiegel. McGraw Hill ISBN 0070602662. (More basic than the other Schaum's Outline book.)
 Schaum's Outline of Precalculus by Fred Safier. McGraw Hill ISBN 0070572615. (More advanced than the other Schaum's Outline book.)
After taking the test
After the test scores are processed by the Mathematics Department, a placement recommendation code will be uploaded to GOLD within two weeks of the exam. These codes are as follows:
4. Congratulations! A code of 4 indicates that you have mastered the prerequisite material enough to be prepared to succeed in Math 3A. That is, a code of 4 lets you enroll in Math 3A.
3. You are more prepared to succeed in Math 2A, which incorporates precalculus review into the curriculum, than in Math 3A. You are permitted to enroll in Math 3A at your own risk. That is, a code of 3 permits you to enroll in Math 2A or Math 3A.
2. You are prepared to succeed in Math 2A, which incorporates precalculus review into the curriculum, but not Math 3A. If Math 2A is not available, you will need to retake the placement exam after reviewing the prerequisite material or enroll in a course in precalculus at a community college or in an elearning class offered by the University of California. That is, a code of 2 allows you to enroll in Math 2A but not in Math 3A.
1. You have not shown mastery of the prerequisite material. You are encouraged to enroll in a course in precalculus at a community college or in an elearning class offered by the University of California. You may also retake the placement exam after reviewing the prerequisite material, but substantial review will be required. That is, a code of 1 does not permit you to enroll in Math 2A or Math 3A.
Test results are valid for one calendar year. If you do not register for an appropriate math class in that time, you will need to take the MPE again. If you take the placement test more than once, your highest score will either remain or take the place of the lower score.
The Exam
You may take this exam only once per calendar month. If you stop in the middle of the exam or do not pass the exam, you must retake the exam during the next month. To take the exam, please have your Perm Number ready. You must enter your Perm Number when asked for Student ID.
During September: Click here to begin the test.
During October: Click here to begin the test.
Majors that require the Math 3 series  Majors that accept the 34 series 
College of Letters and Science  College of Letters and Science 
BS BioChemistryMolecular Biology BA Chemistry BS BioChemistry BS Chemistry Cooperative Program in Chem & Chem Engineering BA Economics/Mathematics BS Environmental Studies BS Financial Mathematics and Statistics BS Hydrologic Sciences (E.S. Major) BS Physical Geography BA Geological Sciences BS Geological Sciences BS Geological SciencesEarth Systems BS Geophysics BA Mathematics BS Mathematics BS Mathematical Sciences BS Physics BA Physics BA Statistical Sciences BS Statistical Sciences 
BS Aquatic Biology 
College of Engineering  College of Engineering 
BS Chemical Engineering BS Computer Engineering BS Computer Science BS Electrical Engreering BS Mechanical Engreering 

College of Creative Studies  College of Creative Studies 
Math and Science Programs 