Moving Up from the 100 and 200 Tiers

If you've placed into the 100 or 200 MP tier, use your ALEKS Learning Module to refresh your math skills and then reassess—we think you'll be glad you did.

Outcomes for students starting in the 100 tier

Six out of seven reassessing students improve their placement by at least one tier.

Nearly two thirds become calculus-eligible and satisfy the math requirement for Psychology majors (MP tier 300 or higher).

Nearly half become eligible for Math 19A, Calculus for Science, Math, and Engineering (MP tier 400 or 500).

Outcomes for students starting in the 200 tier

Twenty out of twentyone reassessing students improve their placement by at least one tier, becoming calculus-eligible and satisfying the math requirement for Psychology majors (MP tier 300 or higher).

Six out of seven become eligible for Math 19A, Calculus for Science, Math, and Engineering (MP tier 400 or 500).

Smile, everyone!

Let's translate those improvement statistics into emojis and visualize the reassessment outcomes for 21 typical students who've initially placed into the 100 or 200 tiers.

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Outcomes for students starting in the 100 tier

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Outcomes for students starting in the 200 tier

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What happens if I don’t improve my placement?

If you don't improve your placement the first time you reassess, no problem! It's relatively easy to make rapid progress when reviewing material you've learned before, but mastering new topics—or topics you've seen but never felt entirely comfortable with—takes time and persistence.

Could distractions or stress be keeping you from performing at your best? Reread Set the Stage for Success and The ALEKS Assessment Commandments, and look for changes you could make in your study environment to help you focus and boost your confidence.

If you're making steady progress in your Learning Module, continuing in your Module and reassessing again could be a good strategy. You can reassess a total of four times.

Reassessment isn't mandatory, although it's strongly encouraged. If you've reached a plateau and don't expect to make further progress in your Learning Module, it's fine to stay with your current placement tier.

Students who remain in the 100 or 200 MP tier can take a college course to improve their algebra skills and become eligible to enroll in more advanced courses.

Community College
Costs are low and classes are small—why not review the basics in a summer course at your local college? You'll be ready to roll in the fall.
Before enrolling, verify that your course will be accepted by UCSC!

Learn more in the Guide to Non-UCSC Math Course Credit.

UCSC
UCSC offers preparatory math courses covering material ranging from advanced algebra through trigonometry. Some courses are offered in the summer, as well as during the academic year.

Learn about UCSC's preparatory math courses.

4 Comments

    • 200 MP tier (60 or higher ALEKS score). Thanks for asking – I didn’t realize that I didn’t have that info on the prep course page. (I’ll fix that!)

  1. If I took the assessment for the first time on the day of the deadline is there any way to move up ever or am i stuck in a low math class?

    • You can and should reassess!

      You can’t use your new score for enrollment until it’s been posted, so if you’ll be enrolling during Summer Orientation, you’ll need to change your enrollments between then and the start of the fall quarter, but that’s not a big deal. Be sure to let your adviser, or whoever is helping you with enrollment, know that you intend/hope to enroll in a more advanced course, so that they can help you plan a schedule that will accommodate the change (try to pick your other courses so that their meeting times don’t conflict with the ones for the course you’re aiming for).

      If you have time to reassess and improve your placement tier before Orientation – if you’re going to Orientation – you’ll know for certain that you’ll be eligible to enroll in the course you want once your score is posted, and you can show your adviser your ALEKS home page with the new score. (Your score must be posted to UCSC’s Academic Information System, which you access via your portal, to be used for enrollment, but at least they can be convinced that you will definitely be eligible to enroll.)

      You have the rest of the summer to reassess; we can’t guarantee that there will be space in all of the courses, but we’ll do our best. Your adviser will be able to tell you when your other enrollment windows will be.

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