Calculus Placement

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“The ALEKS assessment for 2020-2021 will be available on June 1st for all students. New freshmen should begin their assessment with ALEKS after June 1st. Students currently working within ALEKS must complete their work by May 25th in order for it to be recorded.”

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.

You will be cleared to enroll in Math 2A (Single Variable Calculus I) or Math 5A (Calculus for Life Sciences) if at least one of the three things are satisfied.

  • You scored 650 or above on the math portion of the SAT
  • You received a math score of 29 or above on the ACT
  • You scored 3 on the AP Calculus AB test.

    (However, you should ONLY enroll in Math 2A/5A if you had pre-calculus is high school.)

    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.


    • If you scored 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus AB test or 3 on the AP Calculus BC test you will be 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).
    • Scores from the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1 or Level 2 are NOT used for placing you into Calculus at UC Irvine.

    Alternative placement into Mathematics 2A or 5A:

    If you wish to take Mathematics 2A or 5A, but your SAT mathematics/ACT mathematics/AP Calculus scores do not qualify you for the course, you can meet the prerequisites for the course by completing Math 1B with a grade of C or higher OR by taking the ALEKS Placement exam and scoring 80% or higher.

    Option 1: Complete Mathematics 1B (Pre-Calculus).

    This is the second course in a two-quarter pre-calculus sequence.

    A grade of C or better in Mathematics 1B will allow you to enroll in Mathematics 2A or 5A without regard to your SAT, ACT or AP scores.


    You may enroll into Mathematics 1B only if:

    • You scored 450 or above on the math portion of the SAT, or
    • You took Mathematics 1A and received a grade of D- or better, or
    • You took the ALEKS Calculus placement test (Option 2, below) and placed into Mathematics 1B.

    • Mathematics 1B is not offered in the spring quarter, but is offered in both summer sessions.

    • Mathematics 1B will also be offered during the Freshman Summer Start Program. For information consult


    Option 2: Enroll in and complete the Preparation for Calculus learning module offered through ALEKS. .

    You can also place into Math 2A/5A through the ALEKS placement test. This placement authorization is valid for one calendar year from the test date. You may take the placement test up to two times.

    ALEKS PPL Information:


    Step 1: Purchase access to the ALEKS PPL module:You must purchase access online for $20 and set up your account before you can take the test. IMPORTANT: You MUST purchase and access the ALEKS Calculus module through this link.

    Step 2: Set up an appointment to have the exam proctored. This exam must be taken in the presence of a valid proctor, who will provide you the password to access the exam.

    You have two options for having your exam proctored.

    Proctoring Option 1: Sign up to take the placement exam(s) via our online proctoring service, ProctorU, for an additional fee of $19.

    This option requires you to have a computer, a webcam, and a valid photo ID at the time of your exam.

    Be advised - you must schedule your exam with ProctorU at least 3 days in advance to avoid late fees!

    • Information about ProctorU, including a way to check your system in advance before the exams: https://www.proctoru.com/resources/test-takers/live/

    • ProctorU How It Works: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Pn7vBBHEe6PDb98xwvgtjZxbDjnTzGXW

    • Exam Preparation: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OdxtbWfXmeYFvpNVoeZey5JgHBmW9jBz

    • 10 Steps for Test-Takers to Get Started with ProctorU: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiehIf14Zkg&t=15s

    • Access ProctorU here: ProctorU

    ProctorU Technical Support: 855-772-8678

    Proctoring Option 2: Register to take the placement exam(s) on campus here for no additional fee. For this option, you must take the exam during one of our scheduled test dates.

    Step 3: To enroll in the ALEKS Preparation for Calculus learning module click here.  Regardless of whether you have your exam proctored in person at UCI or online via ProctorU, you will need a password for the test. It will be given to you in person, or the ProctorU proctor will enter it in for you. You will not have access to the password before the test starts . Additionally, the following information applies:

    The exam has a two-hour time limit. You may have pencil and blank scratch paper at hand to assist you while you take your assessment. Academic integrity 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. If you do not receive a score of 80% on your first attempt, then you must work in the ALEKS learning mode for a minimum of 10 hours before you can take your second (and final) attempt. Also, the second attempt cannot be taken within 48 hours of the first attempt.

    A score of 80% or better on either attempt will place you into Mathematics 2A or 5A without regard to your SAT, ACT or AP scores. If you do not score 80% or better, then you must complete Math 1B with a grade of C or higher.

    Your placement result from the ALEKS placement will be valid for one calendar year.

    ALEKS Technical Support

    For ALEKS customer support please phone or email:

    Phone: Phone: 800-258-2374
    Email: http://support.aleks.com
    website: http://www.aleks.com/faqs/technical

    Preparing for the exam: Click here for sample problems..

    Here are also some videos to watch that will be helpful in preparing as well: https://www.math.uci.edu/node/22608..: https://www.math.uci.edu/node/22608..

    How long are the test results valid?

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


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    Module Reference Guide: ALEKS Guide .pdf