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Department of Mathematics

Math Placement

All students must meet the prerequisite for any MATH course that they take at USC. For some courses this prerequisite is met after taking one of the two versions of the Math Placement Test. These tests allow students to gauge how their math skills translate into each relevant course.

Which Test Should I Take?

  • The PreCalculus Placement Test covers high school–level pre-Calculus and Trigonometry. If your program requires MATH 141, you need to take this test.
  • The Algebra Placement Test covers high school–level Algebra II. If your program requires MATH 122, you need to take this test.
  • If your program allows you to choose between MATH 141 and MATH 122 there are two options
    • if you are undecided about which course you will take, we recommend you take both versions. (It's best to take the Algebra version before taking the Precalculus version.)
    • If you know which MATH course you will take, take the corresponding version of the MPT as described on the first two lines.



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