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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.

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.

    Notes:

    • 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 and your SAT mathematics or ACT mathematics or AP Calculus score does not qualify you for the course, you have two options:

    Option 1: Enroll in and complete the Preparation for Calculus learning module offered through ALEKS.

    ALEKS PPL Information: https://www.aleks.com/highered/ppl/what_is_aleks_ppl

    By enrolling in the ALEKS PPL, you have two placement exam attempts.

    These are PROCTORED exams.  You have two options in regards to the proctoring.

    1) Register to take the placement exam(s) in person here.

    2) Sign up to take the placement exam(s) via our online proctoring service, ProctorU, for a fee of $19.

    A computer and webcam as well as a photo ID are required.

    Be advised - you must schedule your exam with ProctorU at least 3 days in advance to avoid late fees! See below for more information about setting up your online proctored exam.

    Access: ProctorU

    ProctorU Techical Support:

    Phone: 855-772-8678

    ProctorU TEST TAKER Guides and Videos:

     

    How to enroll in the ALEKS placement program:

    Access: http://aleks.com/uci

    Purchase access online, price $20.

    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.

    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 one will place you into Mathematics 2A or 5A without regard to your SAT, ACT or AP scores.

    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


    How long are the test results valid?

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

    Sample problems:

    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..

    Option 2: Enroll in 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.

    Notes:

    • You may only enroll in Mathematics 1B 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.

    • 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 https://summer.uci.edu/fssp/academics.asp.......................................................................
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