- Who needs to take the Accuplacer
- If you have not yet taken a math course at EdCC, you generally need to take the
Accuplacer math placement test to determine the course(s)
for which you are eligible. (Students may also need to take the Accuplacer for
placement into English courses at EdCC.)
- How do I take Accuplacer?
- The Accuplacer math placement test is offered year-round in the
EdCC Testing Center. Generally
students take Accuplacer when they initially enroll at EdCC.
- What is Accuplacer like?
- The Accuplacer math placement test consists of a number of multiple-choice questions on a
computer in an enviroment much like a standard Web browser interface. You are allowed to use a pencil and
paper but are not allowed to use a calculator. The test is not timed, but you should allow at least
an hour to complete the test.
- What material does Accuplacer cover?
- The math portion of the Accuplacer test has three levels: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra (EA) and College-Level Math (CLM).
Students begin at the EA level and automatically move down to the Arithmetic level or up to the CLM level based
upon their responses to the initial EA questions. It is not expected that you have seen all of the material on
the Accuplacer before and you do not need to answer every question correctly to place into a college-level
- What can I do to review for the test before taking the Accuplacer?
- We have complied a list of online resources that may be helpful in
reviewing material you have previously studied and in practicing taking tests in a format similar to
- What does my Accuplacer score mean?
- When you complete the Accuplacer test you will receive a printout with your Accuplacer score(s) and a
list of the math courses in which you are eligible to enroll. The guidelines below explain which classes students
are permitted to take based on their placement score(s), but do not indicate which math classes they should take:
that depends on the student’s program of study and should be determined in consultation with an academic advisor.
Also, please note that courses with higher numbers are not necessarily more advanced than courses with lower numbers;
for example, the prerequisite for Math 171 is much lower than the prerequisite for
- 0–29 at the Arithmetic level places a student into
Math 40 (Arithmetic). These students are strongly encouraged
to consult an advisor in the Developmental Education division.
- 30–120 at the Arithmetic level places a student into
Math 60 (Introduction to Algebra). These students may also
enroll in Business 130 (Business Math), but should be aware that the latter course is not
acceptable as a prerequisite for any class in the math department.
- 35--62 at the EA level places a student into Math 80
(Fundamentals of Algebra).
- 63--104 at the EA level places a student into Math 90
- 0–24 at the CLM level together with a score of 105–120 at the EA level
places a student into Math 90.
- 25–39 at the CLM level places a student into
Math 107 (Math in Society) or Math 171
(Math for Elementary Education). Math 107 is intended for students who will not need any further math course as a part of
their degree program, and does not serve as a prerequisite for any other college-level course. Math 171 is
specifically intended for students preparing to become elementary school teachers. Students with a
CLM score of 25–39 who need to take other college-level math courses should enroll in Math 90.
- 40–79 at the CLM level places a student into
Math 140 (Business Precalculus),
Math 141 (Precalculus I) or
Math 146 (Introduction to Statistics).
Math 140 is primarily intended for students seeking business-related degrees and
serves as a prerequisite for Math 148 (Business Precalculus). Math 141 is the firrst course in a
two-quarter precalculus series (continuing with Math 142) designed to prepare students for the
standard calculus sequence (Math 151–152–153–254) required by most science
and engineering degrees. Math 146 is required by many different programs (including most business
and nursing degrees as well as many science degrees); Math 146 also requires placement into
English 101. (A student with a score of 40–79 at the CLM level may also enroll in Math 107 or Math 171; see previous paragraph.)
- If a student receives a score of 60 or higher at the CLM level
and has previously experience with precalculus-level material in high school , the student may opt to enroll in
Math 144 (Precalculus I&II).
Students cannot receive graduation credit for Math 144 is they have already received credit for Math 141 and/or Math 142.
- 80 or above at the CLM level may indicate that a student is ready to begin the traditional calculus sequence
with Math 151 (or take Math 148 if the student wishes to pursue
a business-related degree). This is advisable only for a student with a strong high school background (high grades in math courses
up to or even including calculus); a student in this situation who registers for Math 148 or Math 151 should contact the
instructor of the class for which he/she registers prior to the beginning of the quarter to determine whether or not he/she
is ready for calculus; the instructor’s permission must be obtained in order for the student to remain in a calculus class.
Alternatively, such a student may wish to enroll in Math 141 or Math 144, even though these classes
may review material the student has already covered: the student can thereby strengthen his/her understanding of the mathematics,
improve his/her problem-solving ability, and establish a firm foundation for further study in mathematics. (Of course, a student
with a score of 80 or above at the CLM level may choose to enroll in Math 107, Math 171, Math 140 or Math 146 if deemed appropriate
based on their program of study.)
- What if I was unprepared for the Accuplacer and know I can do better?
- A student is allowed to retake the Accuplacer math test once. An additional fee is charged for any retake.
Contact the Testing Center to arrange a retake. You may wish to review material
you have previously studied before retaking the Accuplacer.
- For how long are placement results valid?
- Accuplacer scores are used for initial placement only and remain valid for placement purposes for
two years. Grades in prior college-level coursework remain valid as a placement indicator for five years.