Who has to take
a Math Placement Test?
All 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 level.
There are 5 different tests,
each one measuring your ability to enter different
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 if
- You had no high school
- 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
The Elementary Algebra Test
determines if you are ready to enter an intermediate
algebra course, either Math
103 or 110. Take the Elementary Algebra
- 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
- and you completed
your last math course within the last two
The Intermediate Algebra Test
determines if you are ready to take a transfer
level course, Math 120
The Pre-Calculus Readiness
Test determines if you are ready to take
Pre-Calculus course, 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 the following:
A Math assessment at City, Mesa, Miramar,
Palomar, Mira Costa, Southwestern, or
Imperial Valley Colleges. Provide course
recommendation to the Assessment Office,
Math AP exam with a 3, 4, or 5. Provide
AP scores to the Counseling Center,
A college 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 Mathematics courses".
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
Should I review
for the test?
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 their website: