# Understanding Math Placement

Your math class is a prerequisite for many other courses that are required for your
degree. For most majors at Michigan Tech, it is ideal to start in **calculus**.

Starting in a math course that is below your recommended first math course means you may increase your time to graduate to a minimum of 10 semesters (five years).
Taking ALEKS—and taking it seriously—**can**** save you time and additional tuition**.

## More About ALEKS

The online ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from basic math through precalculus.
Your **ALEKS score** determines your first math course and is only valid as a prerequisite for your first
math course.

- The assessment package includes an initial assessment, unlimited use of the Prep and
Learning Module, and up to
**two**additional assessments for the fee of $25 plus tax ($26.50 total). - Once you begin an assessment, you'll have up to
**two hours**to complete it. If you do not reach the score for your recommended first math class, you must use the Prep and Learning Module for**three hours**before taking another assessment. Targeted Prep and Learning Modules help you to learn the material to improve your score. - The highest placement score you’ve earned by
**June 30**will determine your math placement. Your ALEKS score is only valid as a prerequisite for your first math course at Michigan Tech.