What is the Math Assessment Exam?

The Math Assessment is used to measure your skills in math. The results of this test will help you determine your current math skill level and help you figure out which math class you should take first at PCC.

Who has to take the Math Assessment Exam?

You will need to take the Math Assessment exam if you:

  • Are a first-time college student attending Pasadena City College (PCC)
    OR
  • Would like to enroll in a math course for the first time at PCC.

Math Assessment Exemptions

You MAY be exempt from taking the Math Assessment Exam if you:

  • Have completed all required Math sections of the ACCUPLACER exam at another college within the last year.
  • Took the Early Assessment Program (EAP) exam within the last year and are identified as "College Ready" in math.
  • Passed college level math courses at another accredited college.
  • Earned a bachelor degree or higher from an accredited educational institution.
  • Have an educational goal of "educational development/personal development/ interest."
  • Are enrolled in six units or fewer AND in courses with no prerequisites.

The Prerequisite Office processes all assessment exam exemptions. If you have questions or would like to be considered for an assessment exam exemption, please contact their office.


Scoring for the Math Assessment Exam

We use the ACCUPLACER exam to assess your math skills. The first test on the ACCUPLACER is an Elementary Algebra exam. If you score below a 43 on this exam, then you will be given the Arithmetic exam. If you score an 84 or higher on the Elementary Algebra exam, you will be given the College Level Math exam instead.

Depending on how you perform on either of these tests, you will be given a recommended math class to start taking. Correctly answering the questions on the first portion of the exam will improve your chances of placing into a college-level math class.