Math Placement Tiers

Score conversion and posting

Your ALEKS placement assessment score is converted to a UCSC Math Placement tier (MP tier) and posted to your myUCSC portal on specific posting dates.

MP tier        

ALEKS score


below 60









Your best MP tier determines your math course enrollment options, but can't be used to satisfy course prerequisites until it's been posted to your portal.

In May and September, placement tier posting dates are coordinated with enrollment opportunities. June—August, placement tiers are updated weekly; see Placement Posting Dates for specifics. You can Add the Important Dates to Your Calendar.

Building on your placement tier

Your placement tier is a stepping stone on your path to math success. Where you go from here depends on your tier, your major, and your interests.

100 and 200 tiers

Use your ALEKS Learning Module and reassess before choosing your course.
After 5–10 hours study, most students advance to calculus eligibility and satisfy the math requirement for the Psychology major.

Learn how to improve your placement.

300-500 tiers

You're eligible to enroll in one or more of the four UCSC calculus sequences and have satisfied the math requirement for the Psychology major.

Learn which calculus course is right for you.

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