Placement Testing

Test administration

Placement testing is offered at the Math Zone.

To take a placement test, please pay the $10 fee in Southern Hall 319 and then take the receipt to the Math Zone when you take the test.

Placement tests can be scheduled with Mr. Corwin Stanford.

 

Tests offered

The Mathematics Department offers two different placement tests, both made by Accuplacer.

To place out of MAT 099 and into MAT 100, 101, or 115, you will need to take the “Accuplacer Elementary Algebra Test.”

  • A score of 70 or more places you into MAT 100, 101 or 115.
  • A score of 110 or more qualifies you to take the “Accuplacer College Level Math Test” at no additional charge.

Note that there is the option to take MAT 100 concurrently with MAT 100L without the need for MAT 099 or a placement test. Similarly, there is the option to take MAT 101 concurrently with MAT 101L without the need for MAT 099 or a placement test.

To place out of MAT 100, 101, 115 and into 102, 103, 114, or 167, you will need to take the “Accuplacer College Level Math Test.”

  • A score of 81 or more places you into MAT 102, 103, or 114.
  • A score of 97 or greater places you into MAT 167.

 

Test information

 

Elementary Algebra test content

The Elementary Algebra test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts. There are three types of elementary algebra questions:

  • Operations with integers and rational numbers: topics include computation with integers and negative rational numbers, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • Operations with algebraic expressions: Topics include the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
  • Solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems: Topics include solving linear equations and inequalities; solving quadratic equations by factoring; and solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

 

College-Level Math test content

The College-Level Math test measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are five types of college-level math questions:

  • Algebraic operations: Topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities: Topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems, and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry: Topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics: Topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems.
  • Functions and trigonometry: Topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions.