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Math Placement Testing

Before taking any Math class at Skyline College you should take the placement test. You cannot pass or fail a placement test, it simply provides information to you and your counselor about your current skills. If you have materials or notes from your last math class available, it would be helpful to review them before you take your placement test. 

After taking a placement test, make an appointment with a counselor to discuss the results of your placement test and your prior experience in Mathematics. Be sure to bring a copy of your transcripts (if they are available) to the meeting with the counselor. The counselor will help you decide which Math course is most appropriate for you. Be sure to take into consideration all of the prerequisites for any course.

If you feel that the placement test did not adequately reflect your skills, it is possible to retake the test, but this is done an a limited basis. You may wish to talk to one of the Mathematics instructors and your counselor before determining an appropriate class.

Another important consideration in taking a Math class is your proficiency in English. All mathematics classes are taught in English and the instructors will expect that you have a reasonable command of English.

Guidelines to help you prepare for the Math Placement Test:

Please note that before you take your Placement Test, you may wish to review Sample Questions to get a sense of what you can expect.

Pre-Algebra 
Students who intend to measure proficiency in Basic Arithmetic and pre-algebra computations. Students may register in Math 811, Fundamentals of Mathematics without taking the math placement test. If you have never had an Algebra class or if you have had one year of high school algebra, but it has been more than two years since your last Math class.

Elementary Algebra 
Students who expect to enroll in Elementary Algebra (Math 110 or Math 111) or if you have one year of high school Algebra or if you have had two years of Algebra but it has been more than two years since your last Math class.

Intermediate Algebra 
Students who expect to enroll in Geometry (Math 115) or Intermediate Algebra (Math 120 or Math 122), or if you have two years of high school Algebra but it has been more than two years since your last Math class. 

Trigonometry
Students who intend to enroll in Trigonometry (Math 130), Statistics (Math 200), Quantitative Reasoning (Math 201), Precalculus (Math 222), or Applied Calculus (Math 241) to measure the proficiency. 

Pre Calculus 
This test is designed for students who intend to enroll in Calculus with Analytic Geometry (Math 251) or if you have had four or more years of high school Math.