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Mathematics and Developmental Mathematics

Interpreting your Accuplacer/CPT Test Score

The purpose of these Web pages is to enable you to determine appropriate mathematics courses for you. To use this page, you need your scores on the math test(s) that you took. There are three mathematics tests: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College Math. All students should have a score on the middle test - Elementary Algebra. Most of our placement rules use this score.

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.

  1. Elementary Algebra Accuplacer score is 0-38. Course Placement recommendation is Basic Math Skills, MATD 0330.
  2. Elementary Algebra Accuplacer score is 39-60. Course placement recommendation is Elementary Algebra, MATD 0370, or Topics in Developmental Math, MATD 0360, depending on your educational goals.
  3. Elementary Algebra Accuplacer score is 61-120 To explore your options, please read further. Choose either a developmental or college-level math course appropriate for your educational goal and mathematics background.


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Elementary Algebra Accuplacer score is between 0 and 38.

This indicates that you were not able to demonstrate strong algebra skills, so you need to start at the beginning with MATD 0330, Basic Math Skills.


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Elementary Algebra Accuplacer score is between 39 and 60.

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.

(Due to declining enrollments, MATD 0360 is no longer 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 TASP 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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Elementary Algebra Accuplacer score is between 61 and 120.

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 first on what is required for your educational goal.


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Last updated on May 27, 2005 . Questions, suggestions, comments?