Calculus Placement

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Your mathematics placement will be based on your score from the mathematics section of the SAT, or the math score from the ACT test or, in some cases, from your AP Calculus AB or BC score.

If you scored 650 or above on the math portion of the SAT or a math score of 29 or above on the ACT, you will be cleared to enroll in Math 2A (Single Variable Calculus I) or Math 5A (Calculus for Life Sciences). You should enroll in Math 2A/5A ONLY if you had pre-calculus in high school.

Scores from the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1 or Level 2 are NOT used for placing you into Calculus at UC Irvine. If you scored 3 on the AP Calculus AB test you will be cleared to enroll in Math 2A or 5A. If you scored 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB test or 3 on the AP Calculus BC test you will cleared to enroll in Math 2B (Single Variable Calculus II).

If you scored 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC test you will be cleared to enroll in for Math 2D (Multivariable Calculus I).

Because your mathematics placement at UC Irvine is based on your SAT mathematics or ACT mathematics or AP Calculus score you MUST ensure that these scores are submitted to Admissions BEFORE the deadline for transcripts and scores. Alternative placement: if you wish to take Mathematics 2A or 5A and your SAT mathematics or ACT mathematics or AP Calculus score does not qualify you for the course, you have two options:

First, we strongly encourage you to enroll in and complete the Preparation for Calculus learning module offered through ALEKS. A score of 80% or better on the ALEKS assessment will place you into Mathematics 2A or 5A.

Second, you may enroll in Mathematics 1B (Pre-Calculus). Mathematics 1B is the second course in a two-quarter pre-calculus sequence. A grade of C in Mathematics 1B will allow you to enroll in Mathematics 2A or 5A without regard for SAT, ACT or AP scores. Mathematics 1B will be offered during the Freshman Summer Start Program. For information consult  https://summer.uci.edu/fssp/academics.asp

How to enroll in the ALEKS placement program:

Acces: http://aleks.com/uci

Purchase access online, price $25.

You may have pencil and paper at hand to assist you while you take your assessment.

Academic honesty is an expectation for all UC Irvine students.

ALEKS will provide you with a summary of your assessment at the end of your session. Your placement result from ALEKS will be posted on the Academic Testing Center website within two working days of your taking the assessment.

How long are the test results valid?

Test results are valid for a period of one calendar year from the test date.

Sample problems:

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Technical Support

For ALEKS customer support please phone or email:

Phone: (714) 619-7090
Email: http://support.aleks.com
website: http://www.aleks.com/faqs/technical

Module Reference Guide: ALEKS Guide .pdf