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Calculus Readiness Exam

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Information as of May 26, 2020

General Information

Many majors require one of the calculus courses, Math 11, Math 30 or Math 35. Business majors, with a few exceptions, take Math 30 (Calculus for Business I), Life Sciences majors take Math 35, while other Science and Engineering majors take Math 11 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry I). All three courses are traditional calculus courses and require that students have a solid background of high school mathematics. The purpose of taking the Calculus Readiness Exam is to determine whether you should start with Math 9 (Precalculus) or a calculus course, and whether an associated lab section would be helpful.

You are not required to take the Calculus Readiness Exam if:

  • You will not be taking Math 11, 30, or 35.
  • You have taken Math 9.
  • You 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 you received transfer credit for Math 9, 11, 30, or 35.

Additional resources:


To take the Calculus Readiness Exam, log into your eCampus account, go to Academics, and click on Calculus Readiness Exam CRE.

Trouble with your eCampus account? Contact or 408-554-5700.

Dear student,

Welcome to Santa Clara! If you plan to take calculus during your time with us, please read this letter carefully. Calculus is required for all students in the Schools of Engineering or Business, and for all students majoring in economics or the physical sciences. So we ask you to pay careful attention, unless you have placement credit for at least one calculus course or are certain you will not need to take
calculus at Santa Clara.

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department wants to help you start off with a good experience in mathematics. Therefore, we require you to take the online Calculus Readiness Exam (CRE/ALEKS) before June 30. We want to make sure that you register for a class that fits your level of experience. You will not be able to register for Math 11, Math 30, or Math 35 without taking this exam or having transfer credit for precalculus.

Here are the steps to follow (please read through to the end of this e-mail before
taking any action):

  1. Log into eCampus
  2. Click on the “Academics” tile
  3. Going down the left side of the page, click on “Calculus Readiness Exam
  4. Click on “Calculus Readiness Exam”
  5. On the third screen, click on the button saying “Continue”
  6. Click on “Calculus Readiness Exam, Academic Year 2020-2021/Higher Education Math Placement”
  7. Get started!

The placement will take you about an hour and a half total. You may log in and out, as the program will save your work, but you must finish the CRE within the 48-hour window after you start the test. If you decide to log out and LOG IN AGAIN, then you must do so through eCampus, not through ALEKS. Please complete the exam by 11:00 pm PST on June 30.

You will be ALLOWED ONE ATTEMPT at the placement even though the screen will say otherwise, so PLEASE take the work seriously and make this one chance count. Help us help you by giving this your best effort. Also, please do not use any extra help: no books or notes, and no calculators except for the one provided online during the test. Do not let anyone help you! You should have pencil and scratch paper handy, just in case. We need an accurate picture your current, active knowledge of mathematics, so we can help you succeed in your future classes.

(Note: the exam will show a message saying you may take this exam twice. Ignore it! For SCU students the exam is only available for one attempt.)

Upon completion of the exam you will receive your score. To the right of your score you will see the following message: “Find out which class you can place into.” Click on this message to see where you have been placed in calculus.

If you already have credit for Math 11, 30, or 35 and so do not intend to take those courses at SCU, then you need not take the CRE. If you have transfer credit for precalculus then you need not take the CRE. The University usually receives AP scores around July 15. If you have an orientation session before the university receives your AP Calculus score, and if there is a chance you will not score at least a 4 on the Calculus AB exam or a 3 on the BC exam, then you should take the CRE.

For more information go to:

Requesting test accommodations due to disability: 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 accommodation(s) other than extended time must register with the Office of Accessible Education by applying online at and selecting the “Calculus Placement Exam” in the application. Once the student has provided all the necessary documentation and completed the application, the Office of Accessible Education will notify the CRE coordinator and contact the student with testing instructions.  For more information about requesting accommodations on the CRE, please contact the Office of Accessible Education at (408) 554-4109.

Thank you in advance for participating. We look forward to seeing you here!

Mary Long
Director of Placement, Math/CS Department


The Calculus Readiness Exam should be completed 3 weeks prior to attending Orientation.


Contact: Mary Long, 
Director of Placement, Mathematics & Computer Science Department