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Placement Exams

Placement examinations are designed to determine the best starting point for you. It is essential that you be placed in the right course. Starting out too low where you will not learn anything new is a waste of time. Starting out too high can be frustrating and stressful.For the Computer Science undergraduate student, there are two important placement exams: the Computer Science Placement Examination, and the Mathematics Qualifying Examination. In both cases, you must either take the exam, or meet one of the exceptions.

Computer Science Placement Exams

There are four possible starting courses for Computer Science students.

1. You should sign up for Computer Science 103 if you have little or no experience with computer use.
2. You may sign up for Computer Science 120 if you have experience with computer use but no programming experience.
3.You may sign up for Computer Science 121 if:

  • You have passed CPSC 120, or equivalent course with C- or better.

4.You may sign up for Computer Science 131 if:

  • You have passed CPSC 121, or equivalent course with C- or better, OR
  • You took the Advanced Placement (AP) test in Computer Science A and scored at least 3.

If none of the above applies to you, then you must take the Computer Science Placement exam in order to determine with which class you should begin with. For additional information, please contact the Computer Science Department Office (CS-522, 657-278-3700).

Placement Exam Schedule

Wednesday, November 7, 2012: 6:00 - 8:00pm in room CS 506 and
Thursday, January 24, 2013: 6:00 - 8:00pm in room CS 506

Mathematics Qualifying Exams

Before enrolling in Math 150A, you must either have recently passed Math 125 (Pre-calculus), or an equivalent course at another institution, or take the Mathematics Qualifying Exam. Additional information on this exam is available in the Schedule of Classes, and from the Fullerton Testing Center, University Hall 229, and (657) 278-3838.