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Major changes to Math Placement for 2019

California has a new law (AB 705) that requires community college districts to increase the chances that a student will enroll and complete transfer-level coursework in Math and English within one year.   Colleges will no longer depend on testing to determine class placement.  Instead, assessment measures that include high school performance (i.e. GPA, course grades, advanced coursework) will be used in course placement. Full implementation of the new placement rule will begin at COS in spring 2019 for English, and summer 2019 for mathematics.

The goal of AB 705 is to ensure that students are not obligated to take remedial courses that may delay or deter their educational progress.  However, if evidence suggests they are highly unlikely to succeed in the college-level course, students may choose to take a basic skills class (MATH 230).  Both English and mathematics departments will offer this opportunity. 


FAQs – COS, Math, and AB-705

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MATH PLACEMENT TEST INFORMATION  

College of the Sequoias uses four separate examinations to assess varying levels of mathematical skills.   You are required to choose the Math Placement Test that is most appropriate for your ability .   It is extremely important that you choose the right test since the results will be used to determine the level of math course you will take, and depending on your score, you may have to take another Math Placement Test.

Use the following criteria to choose one of the four Math Placement Tests.   If you are unsure of your selection, please consult a COS counselor.

 

ALGEBRA READINESS TEST

Test Content:   Arithmetic, fractions, decimals, percentages and pre-algebra concepts

This exam is intended for students who have not recently completed one year of high school Algebra 1, or an equivalent college–level course with a grade C or better.   Placement (depending on your score) will be either in Math 360 or 200.

 

ALGEBRA DIAGNOSTIC TEST

Test Content:   Basic algebra, linear equations, quadratic equations, factoring

This exam is intended for students who have recently completed one year of high school Algebra 1, or an equivalent class at another college with a C or better.   Placement (depending on your score and other multiple criteria) will be in either Math 200 or 230.

 

INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA DIAGNOSTIC TEST

Test Content: Algebra II content, exponents, logarithms, rational expressions, inequalities

This exam is intended for students who have recently completed one year of high school Algebra 2, or an equivalent class at another college with a C or better.   Placement (depending on your score and other multiple criteria) will be Math 200, 230, 154, 70*, 65, or 21.

*Enrollment in Math 70 (Precalculus) requires completion of trigonometry with an “A” or “B” in both semesters, or a “C” or better in both semesters in a more advanced math class; students are required to provide transcripts.  

PRECALCULUS DIAGNOSTIC TEST

Test Content: Advanced algebra, trigonometry, math analysis

This exam is intended for students who have recently completed a year of high school trigonometry AND one other course beyond Algebra 2 with a  C or better.   Placement (depending on your score) will be Math 70 or 75 or retest.

Math course placements are determined by assessed skill level, past academic accomplishments and goals.   The college enforces mandatory placement with multiple measures for all transfer level math courses.   The college will prohibit registration into advanced courses unless the requirements are met.  

 


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Last Updated: 12/6/2018 4:33 PM