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.

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