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

Nothing from October 24, 2020 to January 24, 2021.


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 want to learn about or 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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UCSC offers four versions of introductory calculus—which one is right for you? If you need more than a little summer review, a preparatory course can help you get up to speed. 

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