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 these exams.

Contact Information

Mathematics Preparation Programs
math.testing@ucr.edu

Steven Garcia, Coordinator

Erick Yanez, Administrative Assistant

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Test Dates/Times

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • YOU MUST HAVE A PHOTO ID ON DAY OF EXAM. CLICK HERE TO SEE ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID. A photocopy or picture of the ID will NOT be accepted.
  • You will only be charged for this exam one time. Billing is based on those that actually took the exam. Making a reservation is important in order to have enough testing materials for administering the exam.
  • A confirmation email is sent to the email address that you provide in the reservation form. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your junk mail folder for a message from "Placement Test Coordinator" before contacting us.
  • We give exams all year long. Future test dates are always being added. Please check back periodically if you need to take an exam.

Online Reservation Directions:

  • Click on a DATE to reserve a seat for an exam.
  • Click on the SITE to see driving directions.
  • Click on a ROOM to see a campus map.
  • Click on the "P" to see parking location closest to the exam room. IMPORTANT: ***At UCR, permits are required at all times all year long. It is up to the student to purchase a permit. Full exam time is around 3 hours from the listed time below. So please purchase a permit accordingly. There is a kiosk at the main entrance to the campus as well as dispensers in some lots.
  • To update your information or cancel a reservation: Please select from the drop down button on the reservation form. The latest information submitted will update and replace the previous form.

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To ensure access to the exam on your scheduled date, please be prompt to check-in.  If you are late, you will have to reschedule for another date

 

Please note, the exams below will cost $40.
Also, students that take the MAE for the first time on the dates below are NOT eligible to retake the MAE. 

PLEASE NOTE: The exams below are only for students taking the exam for the first time.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:00pm  UCR MSE 104  You will need to purchase a parking permit from a Kiosk. We suggest parking in Parking Lot 24. Please visit the UCR Parking Services website for parking fee information for visitors.  
Sunday, July 21, 2019 1:00pm  UCR MSE 104
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 1:00pm  UCR MSE 104
Sunday, July 28, 2019 1:00pm  UCR MSE 104
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 1:00pm  UCR MSE 104
Sunday, August 4, 2019 1:00pm  UCR MSE 104
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 1:00pm  UCR MSE 104
Sunday, August 11, 2019 1:00pm UCR MSE 104 
The test dates below are the last 3 exams prior to fall quarter classes and will open for reservations soon  
Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:00am UCR UNLH 1000  
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 9:00am UCR UNLH 1000  
Monday, September 23, 2019 10:00am UCR Chung Hall 138  

Off Site Test Dates/Times

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • YOU MUST HAVE A PHOTO ID ON DAY OF EXAM. CLICK HERE TO SEE ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID. A photocopy or picture of the ID will NOT be accepted.
  • You will only be charged for this exam one time. Billing is based on those that actually took the exam. Making a reservation is important in order to have enough testing materials for administering the exam.
  • A confirmation email is sent to the email address that you provide in the reservation form. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your junk mail folder for a message from "Placement Test Coordinator" before contacting us.

Online Reservation Directions:

  • Click on a DATE to reserve a seat for an exam.
  • Click on the SITE to see driving directions.
  • Click on a ROOM to see a campus map.
  • Click on PARKING INFO to see parking location closest to the exam room.
  • To update your information or cancel a reservation: Please select from the drop down button on the reservation form. The latest information submitted will update and replace the previous form.

Date

Check In Time

Site

Room

Parking Info

All offsite exams will cost $40. Also, students that take the MAE for the first time at these locations will be eligible to retake the MAE. 
There will be no other offsite locations in 2019.
Saturday, June 22, 2019 11:00am UC Berkeley Valley Life Science Bldg (VLSB) 2050
Enter on east end of building
UCB Parking Services
Sunday, June 23, 2019 10:00am UC Berkeley Valley Life Science Bldg (VLSB) 2050
Enter on east end of building
UCB Parking Services 

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.

Also, at UCR, we are able to test students with disabilities who require testing accommodations at any time. This also includes accommodations during the months of July and August. Please contact us if you'd like to take the exam at UCR at a time other than those scheduled on this site.

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 steven.garcia@ucr.edu or at 951-827-5245

Students from out of state or out of the country

In the Spring, by late May, new incoming freshmen whose permanent address is out of the state of California will be contacted via email with special instructions about taking the MAE. Please be patient and we will contact you to let you know when and where you can take the exam. The email will be sent to your UCR email account so please be sure to check there.

What does my placement mean?

The information is intended to incoming freshmen and transfer students, who have not taken courses at UC Riverside.

Acceptable Forms of ID

Please be sure that you have one of these forms of identification when you show up to 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)


Retest Info

Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE) retest option is for new freshmen or transfer students that have not taken a math class at UCR.

Starting in May 2018, incoming students that take the MAE at any location in May or June may have a chance to take the MAE a second time. Upon completion of work in ALEKS PPL, students will be allowed to retake the MAE again. Students that place into ARC 35, will have to take both parts of the MAE while all other placements will only need to take part 2. Once a student has retaken the MAE, they may not retake the MAE again.
NOTE: Math 7A and Math 9A are the highest placements that can be attained on the MAE. Retaking the MAE with one of these placement will not change your placement.

The conditions to become eligible to retake the MAE are as follows (all conditions must be met):
  1. You are a new incoming student (freshmen or transfer) to UCR in Fall 2019.
  2. You take the exam in May or June (at any testing location) prior to your first quarter of matriculation, i.e. you haven't taken any classes at UCR yet.
  3. You must prepare for the retest using the preparation portion of ALEKS PPL for a minimum of 3 hours. You will take a pre-assessment in ALEKS PPL, work for a minimum of 3 hours in the preparation portion of the program and then take an ALEKS PPL assessment again (no minimum score or percentage change is required). Once the 3 hours is completed and you've retaken the ALEKS assessment, you will be eligible to retake the MAE. NOTE: There is a 24 hour cooling off period between completing 3 hours of preparation and taking the 2nd assessement.
    If you didn't score much higher in ALEKS on your second assessment, we recommend that you continue to work in the preparation portion to build your skills. Also, the ALEKS assessments can be taken up to 5 times.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: The ALEKS PPL assessments will not be used or considered in your placement.
  4. Retakes of the MAE should be completed before the student attends their Highlander Orientation. No retests will be allowed after the last date posted on the MAE website. Also, you must have completed a 2nd assessment and make a reservation 2 days prior to your retest date. 
  5. Lastly, you MUST make a reservation to retake the MAE. We CANNOT take walk ins at retests. We must be able to verify that you completed your work in ALEKS PPL by the morning of the exam. 
The ALEKS PPL will open for registration on June 1, 2019.  Access to ALEKS PPL will close on August 7, 2019.
Cost

There is a cost associated with this opportunity. There is a $20 fee to access ALEKS PPL. This is paid directly to ALEKS via their website. You will be able to take up to 5 assessments to test your skills. You must complete 3 hours of preparation in ALEKS PPL and take a second assessment in order to be eligilble to retest.

There is no additional fee to retake the MAE. Students should retake the MAE prior to coming to Highlander Orientation.

 Register for ALEKS PPL.

You will be guided through the process of registering into the "MAE Retest Prep 2019, Spring/Summer 2019" site.

  • Registration for ALEKS PPL will open on June 1, 2019
  • Access to ALEKS PPL will close on August 17, 2019. You must complete all preparation and take the 2nd assessment by this date.
THESE DATES ARE FOR INCOMING STUDENTS IN FALL 2019 THAT TOOK THE MAE IN MAY OR JUNE OF 2019.
  • These are the only dates that students will be allowed to retest. You must retake the MAE on one of these dates.
  • You must complete the necessary work in ALEKS PPL at least 2 days before retaking the MAE.
  • ALL retests will take place at UCR.
  • Students that placed into ARC 35 will need to take both parts of the MAE again. All others will only take part 2. 


Click on a test date to make a reservation. PLEASE BE ON TIME. If you are late, you will not be able to take the exam and you will need to make another reservation. 

UCR

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There is no charge to retake the MAE. Dates below are only for students that already took the MAE in May or June (that is, only for students taking it for the second time.  

If you haven't taken the MAE yet, please visit the MAE main site for test dates for first time takers.  

Sunday, July 7, 2019

1:00pm UCR MSE 116  You will need to purchase a parking permit from a Kiosk. We suggest parking in Parking Lot 24. Please visit the UCR Parking Services website for parking fee information for visitors
Wednesday, July 10, 2019  1:00pm UCR  UNLH 1000
Sunday, July 14, 2019  1:00pm UCR MSE 116
 Wednesday, July 17, 2019  1:00pm UCR  UNLH 1000
Sunday, July 21, 2019  1:00pm UCR MSE 116
 Wednesday, July 24, 2019  1:00pm UCR  UNLH 1000
Sunday, July 28, 2019  1:00pm UCR MSE 116
Wednesday, July 31, 2019  1:00pm UCR  UNLH 1000
Sunday, August 4, 2019  1:00pm UCR MSE 116
Wednesday, August 7, 2019   1:00pm UCR  UNLH 1000
Sunday, August 11, 2019   1:00pm UCR  MSE 116 

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.

 

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