All transfer student applicants are required to take two Caltech Transfer Entrance Examinations: one in mathematics, and one in physics. These exams will be administered by a local proctor (designated by the applicant) after Caltech receives the student's transfer application. Please note the following:
- Each examination has a 4-hour time limit, for a total of an 8-hour commitment. The student is not required to take both exams in one day.
- The applicant is not allowed to access the examination materials before or after the proctored administration of the examinations.
- Reference materials, calculators, electronic devices, textbooks, tablets, notes, or aids are not permitted.
Deadline for Examinations
Proctors must submit the completed examinations to Caltech by March 22.
- Sample math and physics exam questions (PDF)
- List of math and physics textbooks (PDF) used in first- and second-year Caltech math and physics courses. We recommend using this list as a guide for applicants who would like to know what material may possibly be covered in the entrance examinations.
Proctor Agreement Form
Applicants must find a faculty proctor at their home institution to administer the examinations and submit them to Caltech. After submitting the application for admission, the applicant will gain access to their Caltech Applicant Portal. The Proctor Agreement Form is only accessible through the Caltech Applicant Portal.
There are two parts to the form:
- Part 1: Applicant Information is for the applicant to complete. It requires all contact information for both the applicant and their proctor. Once the applicant submits Part 1, we will send Part 2 to the proctor.
- Part 2: Proctor Information is for the proctor to complete. Once the proctor completes their section, we will send them the examinations.
We recommend that the applicant complete Part 1 as soon as possible so that their proctor has ample time to submit Part 2.