Math Placement is the first step in selecting and enrolling in your first UCSC math course. Most incoming UCSC students complete their Math Placement using the online placement and preparation system ALEKS PPL. Math placement using ALEKS PPL is a multi-stage process of assessment and improvement, not an online exam!

If you’ve successfully completed a transferable college-level pre-calculus or calculus course, or have a sufficiently high Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Calculus test score, you can complete your Math Placement simply by submitting your grade or score to UCSC. See Non-UCSC Math Course Credit for more information.

Important Dates

  • Score posting target date September 26, 2017 Scores from assessments completed by 8:00 AM on Wednesday, September 27, will be posted and available for enrollment/course swaps later that day. Check course availability and schedules at
  • Instruction begins September 28, 2017 Start of fall quarter classes.
  • Score posting target date October 2, 2017 The last placement score posting for fall enrollment will be on Tuesday, October 3. Assessments completed by 8:00 AM on October 3 will be posted later that day.

If you're completing your Math Placement using the online placement and preparation tool, ALEKS PPL, follow the Guide for accurate and frustration-free assessments.

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If you'll be reassessing to increase your enrollment options, or want to buff up your skills to be at your mathematical best for your course, follow the Guide to Success.

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