@itspat, I think I know for sure I need to take the placement test.
They sent an email out about who needs to take it and how you can waive the test.
"Each college (Marshall, Muir, Revelle, Roosevelt, Sixth, Warren) has established their own general education requirements that reflect their distinctive educational philosophy. We have listed a brief statement from each college about general education (GE) requirements for transfer students. For more information about GE requirements for your college, you should visit your college’s web site.
Marshall. IGETC or TAG transfer students satisfy all lower-division GE requirements, including math.
Muir. IGETC or TAG transfer students satisfy all lower-division GE requirements (including math), except for writing MCWP 50 or 125.
Revelle. IGETC certification, by itself, doesn’t automatically satisfy all GE requirements. Revelle accepts IGETC courses to meet requirements with additional classes in science, calculus, and foreign language.
Roosevelt. IGETC and TAG transfer students must complete any three MMW courses but are otherwise exempt from taking math.
Sixth. IGETC and TAG transfer students must complete the upper-division Practicum course/project and CAT 125 but are otherwise exempt from taking math.
Warren. IGETC and TAG transfer students must complete three non-contiguous (unrelated to your major) upper-division courses but are otherwise exempt from taking math.
If your college doesn’t require that you take a math course to fulfill a lower-division GE requirement and your major or minor doesn't require that you take a math course and you have no personal interest in taking a math course at UCSD, then you don't need to read the rest of this email. However, if you do need to take a math course at UCSD, please continue reading below.
For Students Who Need to Take a Math Course
Nearly all math courses at UCSD have prerequisites, either a test score (e.g., UCSD Math Placement Exam [MPE] score) or a course grade (e.g., to enroll in Math 10C a grade of C- or better in Math 10B or an equivalent community college or university course). Prerequisite information is available in the General Catalog (Mathematics Courses
"Do I need to take the MPE?" If you have one of the following, you DON’T have to take the MPE.
1. A score of 650 or higher on the SAT II Math Level 2 test (600 or higher if you are planning to enroll in Math 10A).
2. A score of 2 or higher on the AP Calculus AB exam (includes AB sub-scores on the BC exam) or a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus BC exam.
3. Pass a transfer-equivalent calculus course at a community college or other college or university. Transfer-equivalent pre-calculus courses do NOT satisfy any math course prerequisites. You may view a list of transfer-equivalent courses at UCSD Mathematics: Transfer Equivalencies
. Courses not appearing on the list of transfer-equivalent courses (including all coursework from out-of-state) MUST be petitioned for equivalency. For forms and procedural information please visit the webpage: UCSD Mathematics : Petition Information
4. A score of 5 or higher on the IB Higher Level Math exam.
5. Credit by means of a foreign exam (e.g., GCE).
If you DON'T have any of the above scores or courses AND you plan to take a math class at UCSD, then you MUST take the MPE. You will not be able to enroll in a math class unless you have satisfied a prerequisite, e.g., taken the MPE. "