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Math Assessment Information

Is the Math Assessment required?

Yes!  The Math assessment is required of new first-time college students attending Pasadena City College and of all students who would like to enroll in a math course for the first time.

What is the purpose of math assessment?

To recommend a math class that is neither to easy nor too difficult so that you don’t waste time by selecting an inappropriate class. 

What is the name of the Math assessment test?

PCC administers the ACCUPLACER Exam to assess student skills in math.  All students will take the Elementary Algebra exam to begin with and if they score below a 43 on the exam, the Arithmetic exam will be administered.  If a student scores a 84 or higher on the Elementary Algebra exam, the College Level Math exam will be administered.   If you want to maximize your chances of placing into a college-level math class it is crucial that you perform well in the first few questions you see.

How can I best prepare for the math assessment?

There are numerous resources to help you prepare for the exams listed below.

Links to Sample Tests

Review of Arithmetic & Pre-Algebra Skills

Review of Algebra Skills (Elementary & Intermediate)

Links to Review Concepts

Review of College Algebra Skills

Links to Review Concepts

Review of Geometry Skills

Links to review concepts

Links to sample tests

Review of Trigonometry Skills

Links to Review Concepts


Note:  Page compiled by PCC Math Division.



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