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Calculus Readiness Exam

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Information as of June 28, 2018

General Information

Many majors require one of the calculus courses, Math 11 or Math 30. Business majors, with a few exceptions, take Math 30 (Calculus for Business I) while Science and Engineering majors take Math 11 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry I). Both 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 or 30.
  • 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, or 30.

Additional resources:


To take the Calculus Readiness Exam, log into your Ecampus account, go to Additional Resources, and click on Calculus Readiness Exam.

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

If you are planning to take calculus here at SCU, please read on.  (This is the case if you are in the Schools of Engineering or Business, or if you are majoring in economics or the physical sciences.) If you are unsure, then click on
The Mathematics and Computer Science Department, in the interest of providing you with the best math preparation we can, needs you to take the Calculus Readiness Exam (CRE/ALEKS).  We want to make sure that you take the correct class for your level of experience, and that you get the most out of your mathematics program.  You will not be able to register for Math 11, Math 30, or Math 35 without taking this exam or having transfer college 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.      From the menu going down the left side of the page, select “Calculus Readiness Exam CRE ALEKS”
3.      Click on “Incoming students, Fall 2017 / Higher Education Math Placement” (yes the “2017” is correct)
4.      On the third screen, click on the red button saying “Continue to your ALEKS class
5.      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 despite what the software tells you, so PLEASE take the work seriously.  We need your best effort for this to work for you.  Also, please do not use any extra help: no books or notes, and no calculators except for the one provided online during the test.  You should have pencil and scratch paper handy, just in case.  The idea is for us to be able to see exactly where you are in your math knowledge, so we can best get you ready for your future classes.  (Note: the exam will indicate you may take this exam twice - for SCU students the exam is only available for oneattempt.)
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 mathematics.
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 college 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 DR (Disabilities Resources) 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, DR will notify the CRE coordinator and contact the student with testing instructions.  For more information about requesting accommodations on the CRE, please contact DR at (408) 554-4109.
Thank you in advance for participating.  We look forward to seeing you here!
Mary Long


Prior to your Orientation session.


Contact: Mary Long, 
Lecturer, Mathematics & Computer Science Department