Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE)

 is used by UCR to assess student readiness in mathematics for University work and to determine the appropriate placement. Students must satisfy placement requirements before registering for this subject at UCR. Examination results are used for advising and placement purposes only; unit credit cannot be earned with this exam. The MAE is an online exam.

Contact Information

Mathematics Preparation Programs

Steven Garcia, Coordinator

Erick Yanez, Unit Assistant



The process is as follows (a more detailed explanation is below the flowchart) :

Placement testing flowchart

Here is the process with a little more detail. For full explanations about ALEKS PPL and ProctorU, please see the tabs above.

What to do in ALEKS PPL What to do in ProctorU
Create an account in ALEKS PPL (for incoming freshmen for fall 2021, starting in May 2021). You do not need to pay for an account as long as you use the link that was emailed you to after you filled out the billing form above. The fee for ALEKS PPL is covered by the fee that will be assessed to your UCR account. Nothing yet.
Take an initial unproctored assessment. This is like taking a practice test. Do NOT take the intial assessment while being proctored in ProctorU.  Still nothing. Do not take the initial assessment with ProctorU.
3 hours or more of preparation is required in between each attempt.
Also, there is a 24 hour cooling off period in between each assessment. You are able to do the 3 hours of prep during this 24 hour cooling off period.
AFTER taking the initial assessment, Create an account in ProctorU in order to schedule an appointment. Use the link emailed to you after you filled out the billing form above. ProctorU appointments are available daily. You will need to have an account before scheduling your exam time. The fee for ProctorU is covered by the fee that will be assessed to your UCR account. You should NOT be paying ProctorU to take the exam.
Up to 3 more practice assessments are allowed. Students can opt to take attempts 2, 3 or 4 proctored if you don't want to continue to prepare. You must schedule an exam 72 hours or more in advance. You are responsible for any additional fee that is charged if you schedule inside 72 hours.
  Be sure to schedule your exam 3 or more days in advance.
  When it's time to take the proctored assessment with ProctorU, BEFORE you click "Start", make sure to tell your proctor to change the exam attempt to "Proctored".

Once you've taken a proctored exam, the results of that assessment become your final placement. Once you've taken the exam proctored in ProctorU, no further attempts will be accepted. Note: Occasionally, the proctor forgets to change the status. Any attempt taken via a ProctorU session, will count for placement regardless if the proctor changes the status or not.

Scores will be uploaded once a week. We do our best to have placements ready for your Highlander Orientation session.

Once their placement results have been uploaded to the student information system and are available in R'Web, students will be notified via their UCR email account. Billing for the MAE will occur in August, October, January and April.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Students should not use any tools and receive any assistance when taking an unproctored assessment. No tools or assistance are allowed when taking the proctored exam.

Please read all the information on this site before starting the process.

The link to register for the MAE will appear here on MAY 17, 2021 at 8am.
Once this link is active, it will take you to the billing form. After submitting the billing form, you'll be shown the links to create your accounts in ALEKS and ProctorU.


  • Please read ALL the information on this site before sending an email with questions. Most of your questions will be answered by the FAQ along with the other information on the site.
  • After registering in ALEKS and taking one unproctored attempt, you need to make your appointment with ProctorU to take one proctored attempt for your final placement.
  • Also, incoming freshmen MUST have a math placement BEFORE attending online Highlander Orientation sessions. You should take your final proctored attempt for placement by July 7, 2021.
  • The $50 fee for the exam covers access to ALEKS PPL and 1 proctored exam via ProctorU. The fee will be assessed to the student's account if an ALEKS account is created. DO NOT PAY FOR AN ACCOUNT on either site.
  • Non-UCR students will need to pay before registering in ALEKS PPL.

The MAE is an online placement test that uses ALEKS PPL as it's tool for assessment. The expectation is that students will take an initial assessment in ALEKS PPL, do some preparation and then take a final proctored assessment to determine the class that they will be able to enroll in.

Who needs to take the MAE?

If a student's major requires them to take a math class at UCR, then the student is required to take the MAE unless the student has one of the exemptions below.

Any one of the following conditions will exempt a student from having to take the MAE:

  • Receiving a score of 2 on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam will allow a student to enroll into Math 4 or Math 5. Students that score a 2 on the AP Calc AB exam are still encouraged to take the MAE to see if they can qualify to take Math 9A/7A (calculus). No course credit is given for the score of 2.
  • Receiving a score of 3, 4 or 5 on either the Advanced Placement Calculus AB or BC Exam. If a student takes the AB version and scored a 3 or higher, course credit for either Math 9A or 7A is given. If a student takes the BC version and scored a 3 or higher, then credit for Math 9A & 9B or Math 7A & 7B is given. Credit for Math 9 or Math 7 is determined by the students major.
  • Have transferable college credit at the Pre-Calculus (Math 5 at UCR) level or higher from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Passing score of 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Math Exam.

Important Notes:
Just taking an AP Calculus class in high school does not earn an exemption. In order to be exempt from the MAE, a students needs to take the Calculus AP exam and earn a sufficiently high score.

Also, neither statistics transfer credit nor AP Statistics will exempt a student from having to take the MAE.

If an exemption isn't posted to the system prior to attending orientation, the student will not be able to register for a math class. In this case, the student should consider taking the MAE to have a placement. If the student's exemption ends up posting to the system, the exemption will override the result of the MAE.


The MAE is available for students at various times throughout the year. Students that need to take the MAE can take it during any of the following testing appointment windows. A testing appointment window is a set of dates when students can make an appointment with our proctoring partner, ProctorU.

Current availability
The MAE is currently closed. It will open on May 17, 2021 for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Upcoming window
The 2021-2022 MAE cycle will open on May 17, 2021. All students, including incoming students, can take the MAE at that time.

  ALEKS PPL is always available to take practice attempts and to do preparation.

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ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL) is the tool used by UCR for placement testing. ALEKS PPL accurately measures the student’s math foundation and creates a personalized learning module to review and refresh lost knowledge, allowing the student to be placed and successful in the right course and on their path to degree completion.

Students will need to create an account (incoming freshmen for fall 2021 will start in May 2021). Fill out the billing form on the main page to get the links you'll need.

Once you've created an account. You will be able to take the assessment up to 5 times if you'd like.

The first assessment you take is unproctored and is used as an initial assessment, i.e. as a practice test. This also helps ALEKS PPL create the personalized learning space for each student. 

After taking the first assessment, student must work in ALEKS PPL preparation modules for a minimum of 3 hours before taking another assessment.

Assessment attempts 2 through 4 are set as Unproctored. But any of the these may be taken proctored which will result in the students final placement. Once you take a proctored assessment, no further assessments are required or taken into consideration.

IMPORTANT: The students first and only PROCTORED assessment will determine the students final placement. 

Assessment 5 MUST be proctored since it's the students last attempt.

ALL proctoring is done via ProctorU. Please see the tab for information about ProctorU. 

ProctorU is a live online proctoring service used by UCR to proctor the MAE. The entire proctoring session will be recorded and available for review by appropriate UCR personnel. Before your session begins, the student will be required to display your test environment via your webcam to the live proctor administering the exam. 

Students will take one proctored ALEKS PPL assessment which will result in a final placement at UCR.

It's VERY important that the proctor change the status of your exam BEFORE you start. Do NOT start the exam until the proctor changes the status to "Proctored". If the status is not changed, it may cause a delay in your results being processed.

Creating a ProctorU account is simple. There is a link to a billing form on the main page. Once you fill out the billing form, you'll get the link you need for ProctorU. PLEASE USE THE LINK provided otherwise you may get charged for using ProctorU. Do not pay any fees to ProctorU.

Below is the information you'll need about ProctorU. Please note that you must schedule your exam 72 hours in advance. 

You will use this link provided after starting the process from the main page to register to take the exam. You'll select from the available start times once you've created your account and are ready to schedule a time. Select the tab "Testing Windows" to see available dates.

ProctorU is available 24/7, however, you MUST schedule your proctoring session at least 72 hours in advance to avoid any on-demand scheduling fees. On demand fees would be incurred if scheduling within 72. Make sure you schedule your proctoring appointment ahead of time. Do not wait until the day you want to take the exam. You must plan ahead. 

In order to use ProctorU, you will need a high-speed internet connection, a webcam (internal or external), a Windows or Apple operating system, and a government issued photo ID. ProctorU recommends that you visit  prior to your proctoring session to test your equipment. We recommend you click on the button that says “connect to a live person” to fully test out your equipment. Please make sure that you are using the current version of your browser and have downloaded the ProctorU extension available at or

Additionally, please visit and review the test-taker resource center here. You should expect the start up process with the proctor to take about 10-15 minutes. However, this time will not affect your exam time. Please feel free to direct any questions to the test taker support team via the live chat within your account. 



Acceptable Forms of ID

Please be sure that you have one of these forms of identification when you create your ProctorU account as well as when you take the exam--a photocopy or picture of the ID will NOT be accepted.

Acceptable IDs include:

  • UCR ID Card
  • Driver's Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
  • High School issued ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. passport card
  • DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
  • U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Border Crossing Card
  • DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
  • Native American Tribal Photo ID
  • HSPD-12 PIV Card
  • An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
  • A foreign government-issued passport
  • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

Disability Accommodations

Students that need special accommodations

If special accommodations for testing are needed due to a disability, please contact Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC).  Appropriate documentation of need for accommodations must be provided to the SDRC prior to approval of testing arrangements.

Accommodations will be provided for both proctored and unproctored exams. Unproctored exams do not count toward placement.

Once accommodations are approved, students will be sent a special class code for ALEKS PPL. This code will put the student into a section that allows for accommodations.

If the student has already entered the code from this website, we will simply move the student into the section with accommodations. There is no need to create a new account. 

If you require accommodations for a disability, the process is as follows:

  • Please fill out a reservation form at least 2 weeks in advance of the exam date.
  • Documentation of disability must be submitted to the SDRC. Visit the SDRC website for information about how to register to receive services.
  • The SDRC will approve the accommodation and notify us of all accommodations.

If you have any other questions about receiving accommodations, please contact Steve Garcia via email at or at 951-827-5245

Placement Adjustment Process

After taking the MAE, it's possible that you may need to have your placement adjusted due to several possible factors, including change of major, addition of a minor, special program requirements in math, etc.

If this is the case, then here is the process that you'll need to follow to get this done. 

  1. Speak to your academic advisor about the adjustment. Your advisor will help you determine if this adjustment is necessary.

  2. If the advisor determines that the adjustment is needed, then the advisor will submit a request to have your placement adjusted.

  3. Once your placement is adjusted on Banner, you and your advisor will recieve an email that the adjustment has been completed.

Please note, this process is for adjusting your placement based on your performance on the MAE. This is not a request to change your placement into a higher course.

Math Classes at UCR

This chart shows how math classes at UCR are related and what general content is presented in each course.

Math classess at UCR