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If you feel that your ACC Assessment Test score does not really reflect your current skill level or that the advice we are giving is not appropriate for you, please feel free to talk with an advisor, either in the Advising Center or in the mathematics department. On the Web, you can look at a discussion of what the advisor will explore with you.

**Algebra COMPASS score is 0-25****.**Course placement recommendation depends on the Prealgebra COMPASS score. The course placement may be Basic Math Skills (MATD 0330) or Elementary Algebra (MATD 0370).**Algebra COMPASS score is 26-38****.**Course placement recommendation is Elementary Algebra (MATD 0370) or Topics in Developmental Mathematics (MATD 0360), depending on your educational goals.**Algebra COMPASS score is 39-45.****Algebra COMPASS score is 46-68.****Algebra COMPASS score is 69-100.**

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This indicates that you were not able to demonstrate strong algebra skills, so you need to start at the beginning with algebra. Also, the computerized test should have given you some arithmetic problems and given you a score on the Prealgebra COMPASS test. Look at your score sheet now.

**If your Prealgebra COMPASS score is between 0 and 22**, then you were
not able to demonstrate strong arithmetic skills. **The placement recommendation
is that you enroll in our Basic Math Skills and set up a regular time to get
help in the Learning Lab (MATD 0330.) ** In this course, you will work with
a dedicated teacher who will help you get a solid foundation in arithmetic from
which you can build your algebra skills in later semesters. The Learning Lab
will provide additional support on some of the whole-number arithmetic skills
that are necessary but not covered very thoroughly in our course. You will have
one or two more semesters of Developmental Math to finish ACC’s required Developmental
Math sequence, depending on the college-level math you need to take and whether
you can pass the COMPASS/THEA before you take Intermediate Algebra.

**If your Prealgebra COMPASS test score is between 23 and 59**, then you
were not able to demonstrate sufficient arithmetic skills to be ready for a
course in algebra. **The placement recommendation is that you enroll in Basic
Math Skills (MATD 0330).** In this course, you will work with a dedicated
teacher who will help you get a solid foundation in arithmetic from which you
can build your algebra skills in later semesters. You will have one or two more
semesters of Developmental Math to finish ACC’s required Developmental Math
sequence, depending on the college-level math you need to take and whether you
can pass the COMPASS/THEA before you take Intermediate Algebra.

**If your Prealgebra COMPASS test score is between 60 and 100**, then you
were able to demonstrate sufficient arithmetic skills to start in a beginning
algebra course. **The placement recommendation is that you enroll in Elementary
Algebra (MATD 0370).** In this course, you will work with a dedicated teacher
who will help you get a solid foundation in algebra and its applications for
later courses. When you finish this course, you should be able to prepare for
and pass the THEA test, which would allow you to enroll in MATH 1332, 1333,
or 1342. Another semester of Developmental Math (Intermediate Algebra, MATD
0390) will be necessary to prepare for Math for Business and Economics, College
Algebra, or higher mathematics courses.

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Your score indicates that indicates that you are able to demonstrate some basic algebraic skills. You have a choice of two courses at this point.

Before you choose a course at this level is the time to think about what you might major in and check on what math courses are required for that major. Be sure that you are preparing for the correct sequence.

**The course that most students take is Elementary Algebra, MATD 0370.**
It is a part of the standard mathematics sequence and a dedicated teacher will
work with you to develop a solid foundation in algebra for later courses and
in applications in many areas. When you finish this course, you should be able
to prepare for and pass the THEA test, which would allow you to enroll in MATH
1332, 1333, or 1342. Another semester of Developmental Math (Intermediate Algebra,
MATD 0390) will be necessary to prepare for Math for Business and Economics,
College Algebra, or higher mathematics courses.

**(Enrollment in MATD 0360 dropped so much that it is
not currently being offered.) Your other choice
is Topics in Developmental Math, MATD 0360.**
This course covers the same algebraic topics as MATD 0370, but not in as much
depth (fewer and less complex problems). You will work with a dedicated teacher
to make sure that you have a solid understanding of all the algebraic concepts
and a number of other mathematical topics, which are covered in more depth than
in our algebra courses. These topics that are most relevant for succeeding in
several of ACC's college-level mathematics courses: MATH 1332, College Mathematics,
MATH 1342, Elementary Statistics, and MATH 1333, Mathematics for Measurement.
The THEA test also covers these topics. When you finish this course, you should
be able to pass the THEA test, which would allow you to enroll in MATH 1332,
1333, or 1342. **If you need to take other college-level mathematics courses,
such as College Algebra, MATH 1314, or Math for Business and Economics, MATH
1324, you should NOT take this route. You should take MATD 0370, as described
in the previous paragraph. **

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This score indicates that you know a rather minimal amount of high school algebra. Now you must decide which college-credit math course(s) you will want to take. Look at what is required for your educational goal.

- If you need MATH 1332, College Mathematics, MATH 1333, Mathematics for Measurement, or MATH 1342, Elementary Statistics, you are eligible to enroll in either of these.
- If you need some other college-level math course, then you must start in either MATD 0370, Elementary Algebra, or MATD 0390, Intermediate Algebra, to thoroughly learn / review the algebra skills necessary for the algebra-intensive college courses. The skill level you have demonstrated on the COMPASS suggests that you need to begin in the lower of these. However, if your mathematics background is sufficiently strong, it might be possible for you to begin in the higher of these. More information is available.

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You have demonstrated that you recall enough algebraic skills and other mathematical skills to be able to do many of the real-life applications of mathematics and to begin some of the college-credit mathematics courses. Which course is appropriate for you depends on several factors, including

- your educational goal;
- your previous mathematics courses (which ones, how long ago, what grades, whether your course covered all the appropriate material, etc.);
- whether you will be able to get tutoring as you need it; and
- whether your COMPASS score was low or high in this range.

In order to decide which mathematics course to take, you must first look at what is required for your educational goal.

- If you do not need to take higher-level math courses, and if your educational
plan requires one of these college math courses:
**MATH 1332, College Mathematics; MATH 1333, Mathematics for Measurement; or MATH 1342, Elementary Statistics**, then you are ready to begin these. These are fine college-level, transferable courses, but they do not prepare you to take higher-level math courses. - If you will need to take more mathematics or if you plan to fulfill your
math requirement by taking MATH 1324, Math for Business and Economics, or
MATH 1314, College Algebra, and you have not made a C or better in high school
Algebra II or an equivalent college course, then
you must take
**MATD 0390, Intermediate Algebra,**to satisfy the prerequisite for these courses. - If you will need to take more mathematics or if you plan to fulfill your
math requirement by taking MATH 1324, Math for Business and Economics, or
MATH 1314, College Algebra, and you have made a C or better in high school
Algebra II or college-level Intermediate Algebra,

You are eligible to enroll in any mathematics course for which you have the course prerequisites or for the following courses whether you have the course prerequisite or not:

- MATH 1332, College Mathematics
- MATH 1333, Mathematics for Measurement
- MATH 1342, Elementary Statistics
- MATH 1314, College Algebra
- MATH 1324, Math for Business and Economics

If your **COMPASS Algebra score is 79 or above**, and you have succeeded
in high school Algebra II, you are eligible to enroll in MATH 1316, Trigonometry.
In this case, you should review the material on the Prerequisite
Review Sheets for MATH 1316, Trigonometry, before you start the course.

*Last reviewed on
February 24, 2011
. **Questions, suggestions, comments?*