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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 math exam

-pass Pacific's Intermediate Algebra math placement exam (COMPASS or 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. For students who have taken or will take an AP, IB, or CLEP test and need more information about placement, please click here.

If you have taken the mathematics SAT subject test 1 or 2, please see your placement in the mathematics sequence listed below:

Math Course Placement

Math SAT Subject Test 1

Math SAT Subject Test 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.

You may challenge this placement only one time per semester by retaking the COMPASS math exam, or taking the math paper exam. For more information, click here.

To view COMPASS sample math test questions, click here.