has to take a Math Placement Test?
students who are not exempt and plan to register for a Mathematics class at Cuyamaca
College must take the applicable test to provide proof of skill
There are 5 different tests, each one measuring your
ability to enter different courses.
Which Math Placement
test should I take?
(Click on the course to get
specific information about that course.)
The Algebra Readiness Test measures your abilities to see if
you are ready for a first course in Algebra -
Math 90. If it determines you are
NOT ready, you could then take
Math 80 or 88.
Take the Algebra Readiness Test
- You had no high school algebra.
- or you had 1 year of high
school algebra or the equivalent.
- and/or your last course was
high school algebra where you made below a "C" grade
- and/or it has been three or
more years since your last math class.
The Elementary Algebra Test determines if you are ready
to enter an intermediate
algebra course, either
Math 103 or 110.
Take the Elementary Algebra Test if
- You had 2 or more years of high school
algebra or the equivalent
- and you received a grade of “C”
or better in your last math course
- and you completed your last
math course within the last two years.
The Intermediate Algebra Test determines if
you are ready to take a transfer level course,
Math 160 (Statistics).
The Pre-Calculus Readiness Test determines if
you are ready to take a
Math 170 (Trigonometry),
Math 175, or 176.
Who might be exempt
from taking a math placement test?
You may be exempt from taking the Grossmont College
assessment test if you can provide documentation of any of
assessment at City, Mesa, Miramar, Palomar, Mira Costa, Southwestern,
or Imperial Valley Colleges. Provide course recommendation to the
Assessment Office, 70-202.
exam with a 3, 4, or 5. Provide AP scores to the Counseling Center,
level Math course with a C or better. Provide a transcript to the
Counseling Center in 58-F.
Early Assessment Placement -
Provide your EAP letter showing - "Ready for CSU - Level
How will placement
testing help me?
An assessment process helps us to place
students in classes where they can succeed without having to retake
courses or take more courses than necessary.
Should I review for
We strongly advise you to review the concepts and hone your skills
before taking a test. Otherwise, you might not get an accurate
placement. It is also important to take the correct test for
your skill level.
Ok then, how do I
review for the test?
Currently, we have study guides for the Algebra Readiness Test
and the Elementary Algebra Test.
Here are the links to the practice tests (answers included):
Practice Tests for the two higher-level placement
tests – Intermediate Algebra and PreCalculus - may be accessed by
students on the MDTP website,
(MDTP is the company that produces the placement exams we use.)
Specifically, you can access the following tests on