Math Placement

Students will take one of the MDTP assessment exams or will provide alternative evidence to receive a math placement and clear prerequisites.

Students may choose the test they wish to take by reviewing the sample Math questions. Depending on the chosen test and test performance, the recommendations may vary. Listed below are the types of tests and possible placement options.

math-sequence.jpgTest 1: Pre - Algebra Competency

This test covers topics from Pre-Algebra including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions, signed numbers, and decimals, as well as solutions of basic algebraic equations.
Test: 50 questions
Time: 45 minutes
Possible Placement:

  • Math 351
  • Math 251

Test 2: Elementary Algebra Competency

This exam covers topics from Algebra 1 or beginning Algebra including the solutions of linear equations and inequalities, operations with polynomials, and basic geometry.
Test: 50 questions
Time: 45 minutes
Possible Placement:

  • Take Lower Test/HS Trans
  • Math 251
  • Math 205
  • Math 253

Test 3: Intermediate Algebra Competency

This exam covers topics from Algebra II, Trigonometry, or Intermediate Algebra including exponential, radical, and logarithmic expressions, functional notation, graphing, and solutions of quadratic equations.
Test: 45 questions
Time: 45 minutes
Possible Placement:

  • Take Lower Test/HS Trans
  • Math 205
  • Math 253
  • Math 7
  • Math 8
  • Math 10
  • Math 124
  • Math 11

Test 4: Pre - Calculus Competency

This exam covers topics from Math Analysis or Pre-Calculus including polynomials, trigonometric, logarithmic, and exponential functions.
Test: 40 questions
Time: 60 minutes
Possible Placement:

  • Take Lower Test/HS Trans
  • Math 2
  • Math 3A

More Math Placement Options

Students may place into any of the above courses or higher (in some cases) if they have successfully completed one or more of the following options.

  • Taken an assessment exam at another California Community College.
  • Completed and passed the prerequisite course at another accredited college or university.
  • College Board Calculus AB or BC AP EXAM with a score of 3 or higher.

Please see the Alternative Evidence page for more specific information about other placement options.