Academic Advising and Evaluations Office

Step 3: Test Requirements

If you are majoring in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) program, your Major Academic Plan (MAP) may suggest to take MATH 124 or MATH 150 and/or CHEM 200 in your first semester at SDSU. Before registering for these courses, you must take placement exams to meet the prerequisites.

Use your MAP to determine whether your major requires you to take Chemistry 200 or 202. If it does, you must first take the Chemistry Department Placement Exam. The exam determines whether you place directly into these courses, or whether you must take Chemistry 100 as a prerequisite.

If you won't be in San Diego before your registration date, you can take the Chemistry Department Placement Exam at a university or college near you. You are responsible for making all arrangements with the proctoring institution, including payment of any administrative fees. Please review the information on the Testing Services website for more information about remote proctoring.

Use your MAP to determine whether your major requires you to take Mathematics 124 (Calculus for Life Sciences) or Mathematics 150 (Calculus I). If it does, you must first take the Mathematics Placement Assessment. The assessment determines whether you place directly into Mathematics 124 or Mathematics 150, or whether you must take Mathematics 105 or Mathematics 141 as a prerequisite.

If you won't be in San Diego before your registration date, you can take the Mathematics Placement Assessment at a university or college near you. You are responsible for making all arrangements with the proctoring institution, including payment of any administrative fees. Please review the information on the Testing Services website for more information about remote proctoring.

See a summary of test requirements below, or get further details from Testing Services.

Test Type Who Needs To Take It? If You Pass If You Don't Pass
Chemistry Department Placement Exam Students whose major requires Chemistry 200 or 202 must take the exam, unless you:
  • received a score of 3 or above on the AP Chemistry test within the last two years
  • took an equivalent to Chemistry 100 at another college (learn which courses count)
You are ready to take Chemistry 200 or 202. You must take Chemistry 100 and achieve a grade of C or better
Mathematics Placement Assessment Students whose major requires Mathematics 124 or 150 must take the exam, unless you:
  • received a score of 3 or above on the AP Calculus AB exam or a score of 3 or above on the AP Calculus BC exam
  • took an equivalent to Mathematics 141 with a C grade or better or Mathematics 150 at another college (learn which courses count)
  You must take Mathematics 105 and/or Mathematics 141 depending on your score and achieve a grade of C or better

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