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Get Ahead This Summer

Learn more about how to use your summer to get ahead, be better prepared for math, and move forward towards completing your degree.  You will need your score from the Math Placement Assessment (MPA) system called ALEKS PPL. If you log back into ALEKS PPL system (link to instructions), you can find your score.

We know the cost of college can be expensive, which is why we want to ensure you are aware of these low-cost options for increasing your Math Placement Assessment score and/or completing a math course over the summer for credit. ASU is here to support you in timely degree completion, and getting a jump-start on math could help save you cost and time down the road.

Your score is between 61 and 75 on the MPA

The degree program you have selected has an initial math course of MAT 265: Calculus for Engineers. Based on your Math Placement Test score, you placed into MAT 171: Pre-Calculus.  You can utilize the summer months to complete supplemental material on your own. By doing so, you may be able to improve your score on the Math Placement Test and instead enroll in MAT 265: Calculus for Engineers, putting you on track for graduating in four years.

The Math Placement Test system is called ALEKS PPL. If you log back into ALEKS PPL (instructions can be found here), you can complete modules to improve your mathematical knowledge set as you further develop skills toward calculus. After you have worked on these modules for a few weeks, retake the math placement assessment. This is a very self-paced path and it will require you to be very diligent about putting in the time to complete the modules

After improving your score to 76 or above, you can enroll in MAT 265, Calculus for Engineers either by changing your schedule on MyASU or by speaking with your academic advisor.  

Your score is between 50 and 60 on the MPA

The degree program you have selected has an initial math course of MAT 265: Calculus for Engineers. Based on your Math Placement Test score, you placed into MAT 117: College Algebra. 

The Math Placement Assessment system is called ALEKS PPL. If you log back into ALEKS PPL (instructions can be found here), you can complete preparatory modules to improve your mathematical knowledge set as you further develop skills toward pre-calculus or calculus.  After you have worked on these modules for a few weeks, retake the math placement test. Also, you can also take advantage of FREE virtual tutoring from the Fulton Schools as you prepare to re-take the MPA. This is a very self-paced path and it will require you to be very diligent about putting in the time to complete the modules

If you are able to raise your score to above 61, you will then be eligible to enroll in MAT 171: Pre-Calculus for Engineers or MAT 170:  Pre-Calculus for the fall semester.  

After retaking the test, you can modify your schedule on myASU or contact your academic advisor for assistance.

Your score is between 30 and 49 on the MPA

The degree program you have selected has an initial math course of MAT 265: Calculus 1. Based on your Math Placement Assessment score, you have placed into MAT 117: College Algebra. If you are interested in taking MAT 117: College Algebra over the summer to increase your Math Placement Assessment score and get a jump-start on your math coursework (at potentially no cost to you), please review the information below.

ASU offers MAT 117 as a virtual, self-paced course as part of the Universal Learner Courses.   These courses not have any cost associated with enrolling – simply enroll and complete it at your own pace. While taking the course you are also eligible to access free virtual tutoring from the Fulton Schools. Completing the coursework will build your math knowledge.  Enroll now in MAT 117, College Algebra.  View Summer Scholars MAT 117 Step By Step Instructions for step-by-step instructions for enrolling.  

Successfully completing the self-paced course would prepare you to do either one of these options:

  • Retake the Math Placement Assessment: improve your score to 61 or higher and register for MAT 171: Pre-Calculus for Engineers or MAT 170:  Pre-Calculus for the fall semester.  

      AND/OR

  • Earn academic credit: The Universal Learner Course program allows you to convert your completed MAT 117 course to college credit. There are financial costs associated.  However, it’s not necessary for you to earn the academic credit.  After completing the self-paced course, you can simply re-take the Math Placement Assessment to try to place into the higher MAT course.    

AND/OR

  • Enroll in MAT 117, College Algebra, at ASU for the summer.  Visit MyASU to register for the course (university tuition an fees do apply).  

This is a very self-paced path and it will require you to be very diligent about putting in the time to complete the modules.

If you have any questions, contact your academic advisor.

Your score is below 30 on the MPA

The degree program you have selected has an initial math course of MAT 265: Calculus 1. Based on your Math Placement Assessment score, you have placed into MAT 117: College Algebra. If you are interested in taking MAT 117: College Algebra over the summer to increase your Math Placement Assessment score and get a jump-start on your math coursework, please review the information below.

ASU offers MAT 117 as a virtual, self-paced course through the Universal Learner Courses option. While taking the course you are also eligible to access free virtual tutoring from the Fulton Schools. Earning the credit for MAT 117 would allow you to take MAT 170: Pre-Calculus for the fall semester.  You only need to convert it to college credit if you earn a grade of A, B, or C.  Enroll now in MAT 117, College Algebra.  View Summer Scholars MAT 117 Step By Step Instructions for step-by-step instructions for enrolling.  

AND/OR

Enroll in MAT 117, College Algebra, at ASU for the summer.  Visit MyASU to register for the course (university tuition an fees do apply).  

This is a very self-paced path and it will require you to be very diligent about putting in the time to complete the modules.

If you have any questions, contact your academic advisor.