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Math Course Placement Information

To satisfy the University's quantitative analysis (math) fundamental skills requirement, a student must do ONE of the following during his/her first full year of study including summer sessions:

-score 540 or above on the Mathematics Level 1 SAT Subject Test

-score 520 or above on the Mathematics Level 2 SAT Subject Test

-score a 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or AP Statistics exam

-pass Pacific's Intermediate Algebra Math Placement Exam (paper test).

-successfully complete MATH 5 (Intermediate College Algebra) or MATH 35 (Elementary Statistical Inference) with a grade of C- or higher (or an equivalent course from another college or university with a grade of C or better).

Note: The mathematics section of the SAT test is NOT used for placement purposes. Students must submit the SAT mathematics subject level 1 or 2 test for placement purposes. 

If you have taken the Mathematics SAT Subject Test Level 1 or Level 2, please see your placement in the mathematics sequence listed below:

Math Course Placement

Math SAT Subject Test Level 1

Math SAT Subject Test Level 2


Less than 400

Not applicable



Less than 430

MATH 5, 35, *161



MATH 7, 33, 35, 41, 45, *161

More than 530


MATH 37, 51, PHYS 23

Not applicable

More than 580

*Math 161 does NOT meet the University's Fundamental Skills Requirement.

To view math placement testing dates and instructions on how to schedule an appointment, click here.