Placement Exams

If you are not a UC Riverside student but have completed coursework or have practical experience comparable to the listed prerequisites, please consult with the academic department offering the course prior to enrolling to see if the prerequisites can be waived. It may be necessary to submit your transcripts directly to the department. Please note that you will need a UCR student ID number before any prerequisites can be formally cleared or before you can take a placement exam.

All Summer Sessions courses at UCR for 2020 will be online. Please contact us at or call (951) 888 - 1262 (phone or text) if you have any questions. 
Placement Exam Information

For detailed information on placement exams, please visit this website.

  • Math and Chemistry Exemptions

    What can exempt me from the exam for a mathematics course?

    If a students' major requires them to take a math class at UCR, only the following conditions will exempt a student from the exam:

    • A score of 2 on either the AB or BC Advanced Placement Calculus Exam will allow a student to enroll in Math 5. Students that score a 2 on the AP exam are still encouraged to take the MAE to see if they can qualify to take Math 9A/7A (calculus). No course credit is given for the score of 2.
    • A score of 3, 4 or 5 on either the AB or BC Advanced Placement Calculus Exam will exempt you from taking the Math Exam and be equivalent to Math 9A/7A.
    • Have transferable college credit (C- or better) at the Pre-Calculus (Math 5 at UCR) level or higher from an accredited institution of higher education
    • Passing score of 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Math Exam.

    What can exempt me from the exam for enrolling in Chemistry 1A?

    • Receiving a score of 3 or higher on either the AB or BC Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. 
    • Receiving a score of 3 or higher on the Chemistry AP Exam.
    • Have transferable college credit (C- or better) at the Pre-Calculus (Math 5 at UCR) level or higher from an accredited institution of higher education

    Important Notes:
    Just taking an AP Calculus class in high school does not earn an exemption. In order to be exempt from the MAE, you’ll need to earn a score of 2 or higher. As AP scores tend to not be posted until mid-July, keep in mind that you may need to take the placement exam even though you have taken the AP test. The safest thing to do is the take the MAE to ensure timely registration. 

  • Math Placement Information

    Exam information:

    There is a $25 fee to take the exam, which is placed on your student account, so you do not need to bring cash with you to the exam. You must report to the testing location 1/2 hour early & bring a photo ID. Bring two (#2) pencils and a black-ink pen.

    The Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE) is composed of 2 parts. Part 1 is 45 questions and takes 60 minutes. Part 2 is 60 questions and takes up to 90 minutes. In total, the actual testing time is a 150-minute exam. Factoring in the time necessary for check-in and paperwork, students should be finished approximately three hours from the reporting time.

    Visit in order to find information and register for an upcoming exam and to find information. If the exams listed are full, please show up anyway and they will in all likelihood have room for you to take the test as a walk-in.

    Make sure you have your SID number with you to take the test, as well as a Photo ID. If you need special accommodations, please contact the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC). Appropriate documentation of need for accommodations must be provided to the SDRC prior to approval of testing arrangements.

  • Clearing Pre-Requisites for CS 010

    CS 010 requires successful completion of a college math course (C- or better in MATH 005) or credit for MATH 009A from AP Calculus (score of 3, 4 or 5). (See Math placement information).

    Once you have your Math Placement Exam results, please email with your transcript or AP/UCR Mathematics Placement Exam results, and ask for permission to be enrolled in CS 010.

  • Language Placement Exams

    Registration is required for all scheduled language placement examinations. Students wishing to take a foreign language course will need to register to take the language placement examination. A $30 fee is required for all placement exams.  Checks or money orders should be made payable to "UC Regents."  Each of the language examinations can be taken only once.  If you have additional questions, e-mail, or call (951) 827-2148.

    The language placement examinations are proficiency-oriented examinations designed to place the student in the most appropriate course. The examination does not yield unit credit. It determines which course a student should enroll in.

    Bring photo identification to the examination, as well as a pen and pencil. The language placement examinations in Spanish and French are fully automated and the results are available immediately after the examination is taken. These tests are computer-based. The results will indicate the lowest level course in which you may enroll.

    The Korean, Chinese, Tagalog, and Japanese examinations are paper-based. These examinations are graded and results will be ready for pick-up after a few days. Results are not mailed, e-mailed, faxed, or available by phone to you, so please plan to return to pick up the results.

Summer Academy Contact Information:

(951) 888-1262 (phone or text)
1100 Hinderaker Hall


*If you are a UCR student who needs help with summer courses, please contact and they will be able to assist you.