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, 45, or 21.

 

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.  

 

Preparing for the placement test:

It is important that you spend some time reviewing mathematical content before taking the placement test.   Many l ocal bookstores and libraries carry mathematics review books. You can also search through the web for review programs.

 

The links below may help you prepare for this exam:

 

I ntermediate Algebra Diagnostic Test:   http://mdtp.ucsd.edu/test/

Pre-Calculus diagnostic Test:   http://mdtp.ucsd.edu/crtest/intro4.asp

Entry Level Math Preparation Booklet http://www.calstate.edu/SAS/ELMProblemBook01_02.pdf

 

Last Updated: 9/27/2011 3:59 PM