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.

Contact Information

Mathematics Preparation Programs

Steven Garcia, Coordinator

Erick Yanez, Unit Assistant

Students entering UCR in Fall 2020 should start taking the MAE in May.
Also, incoming freshmen MUST have a math placement BEFORE coming to Highlander Orientation. 

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.

The fee of $50 will be assessed to the student's account after they have taken the final proctored exam.
Non-UCR students will need to pay before registering in ALEKS PPL.

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

Placement testing flowchart
A step my step guide to placement testing at UCR


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. You do not need to pay for an account as long as you use this link. 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 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. 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.
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, make sure to tell them to change the exam attempt to "Proctored".
Once you've taken a proctored exam, the results of that assessment become your final placement. 
All students will be notified once their placement results have been uploaded to the student information system and are available in R'Web. Billing will occur after the student receives a final placement confirmation via email. 
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.

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. This can be done by clicking here

UCR MAE - AY19-20, Winter to Spring 2020 

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. 

Creating a ProctorU account is simple. You can do so by clicking here.

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

Here is direct link to the ProctorU page to register to take the exam. There is a window of a few hours when you can take the exam via ProctorU. You'll select from the available start times once you've created your account and are ready to schedule a time.

ProctorU is available 24/7, however, you will need to schedule your proctoring session at least 72 hours in advance to avoid any on-demand scheduling fees. If you schedule within 24-72 hours before the exam, you will be charged and extra $8 by ProctorU. If you schedule within 24 hours of the exam, you will be charged and additional $12 by ProctorU. 

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. 



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

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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)

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