Math Placement (MP) evaluates a student's math preparation and places them into the appropriate math course, and is required to enroll in a math course at UCSC.
Math Placement can be determined in one of the following ways:
- Complete an assessment. Students may complete an assessment in ALEKS - an online assessment, learning, and knowledge space - to determine their math placement. ALEKS also provides math instruction, students can use the learning modules in ALEKS to work towards improving their placement. Prior to completing an assessment, all students must first review the Assessment Guidelines.
- Use calculus test credit. Students who have entered with AP or IB test credit for calculus may use their test credit to determine their placement, for more information visit Calculus Test Credit.
- Transfer math course credit. Students who have completed a college-level math course may be able to use that course for their math placement, for more information visit Math Course Credit.
If you wish to get a jump on math prior to attending UCSC, you can use ASSIST.ORG to find an equivalent math course at a California Community College.
NOTE: UCSC math placement is not transferable. We do not provide assessment information to other universities as evidence of your math placement. Your placement is only valid for enrollment in UCSC math courses.
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