Math Placement Test

The initial assessment measure is the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra Test.

Math Placement testing is required of all entering matriculated students unless they have:

  • Taken the ACCUPLACER test at another institution.
  • Transfer credits in college-level math.

Please note, ACCUPLACER Math Placement testing is required of all STEM majors (those majoring in Biology, Chemistry and Food Science, Computer Science, Food and Nutrition, Mathematics, Nursing, or Physics and Earth Science)

Students who are not STEM majors do not have to take the math placement test if both of the following conditions are met:

  • Your recalculated GPA is a 2.7 or higher. Recalculated GPAs take into consideration only college prep courses.
  • You completed a math course during senior year. 

Students who do not receive a satisfactory score will be required to take part in the Math Lab Emporium that is attached to the major required/suggested credit-bearing math course. A satisfactory score will exempt the student from the Math Lab Emporium.  

If your score on this test is satisfactory, you will be able to take any first-year level (100 level) mathematics course. If you do very well on the Elementary Algebra Test, you will also take the College Level Mathematics test, which will determine whether or not you can proceed to a sophomore level (200 level) course, such as precalculus or calculus.

All students are allowed one retake of the math test. 

Students should review the fundamentals of algebra covered in high school courses prior to taking the Accuplacer Mathematics test. 

Topics on the Elementary Algebra Test:

  • Arithmetic of real numbers (including integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers)
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Evaluating algebraic expressions
  • Absolute value
  • Simplifying rational expressions
  • Definition of integer exponents and operations involving expressions
  • containing exponents
  • Solving linear equations
  • Solving equations involving fractions
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Solving linear inequalities
  • Graphing linear equations in two variables
  • Writing equations of lines
  • Solving systems of linear equations
  • Operations with polynomials
  • Factoring polynomials
  • Simplifying square root expressions
  • Solving quadratic equations

Students asked to take the math placement test have been enrolled in the Blackboard Math Workshop automatically. You can find it in your Blackboard site under My Courses.  You will find it as X14.MathAccuplacer_RESTORE: CASA Workshop .

Additional websites for algebra practice:  

www.mymathtest.comwww.algebrahelp.comwww.khanacademy.orgVarsity Tutors

For further review, ask your high school or college mathematics department for review materials or textbooks to borrow to prepare for the test. 

Additional Resources:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/preparation-sample.html