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Calculus Readiness Exam (CRE)


Students in the Schools of Engineering or Business, those majoring in economics or the physical sciences, or those planning to take calculus at Santa Clara University must take the Calculus Readiness Exam (CRE). The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) formerly Disabilities resources (DR) collaborates with New Student Orientation and the Mathematics Department to provide accommodations for the CRE to students registered OAE who have a documented disability.

Requesting test accommodation(s) due to disability(ies):

The CRE is not a timed exam; students can take as much time needed within a 48-hour window of time to complete the exam. Students requesting an accommodation(s) other than extended time must register with OAE online at least two weeks before they expect to take the CRE. When completing the OAE application students must select the “Calculus Placement Exam” menu item in the application. Once the student has provided all the necessary documentation and completed the application, OAE will notify the CRE coordinator and contact the student with testing instructions.  For questions regarding accommodations on the CRE, please contact OAE.

 Students are not required to take the CRE if:

  • You will not be taking Math 11 or 30
  • You have taken Math 9
  • Received AP Calculus exam credit for Math 11 (a 4 or more on the AP Calculus AB exam or a 3 or more on the AP Calculus BC exam)
  • Or received transfer credit for Math 9, 11, or 30

Otherwise, students must achieve a sufficiently high score on the CRE exam to be eligible to register for Math 11 or Math 30 for Fall 2017 and later.