Math Department

Math Placement and Test Preparation

Students place into TMCC math classes either by testing into the class or by having completed an appropriate pre-requisite class.


ACCUPLACER, ACT and SAT test scores are accepted for placement into TMCC math classes, provided that these scores are not more than two years old. If a student's test scores are more than two years old and the student has not completed an appropriate pre-requisite class with a grade of "C" or better within the past two years, the student must re-test to place into a math class.

TMCC's Testing Services uses the ACCUPLACER test for initial placement only. Once a student has begun taking math classes at TMCC, that student may not use the ACCUPLACER test to advance through a math sequence.

Completion of Pre-requisite Class

A grade of "C" or better in the prerequisite class or its equivalent taken within the past two years at TMCC, within the NSHE, or at another college, qualifies a student for placement into a TMCC math class. Courses taken at a college outside the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) must be submitted for evaluation to TMCC Academic Advisement or to Admissions and Records.

Math Placement Test Cut-off Scores

The following ACCUPLACER, SAT and ACT cut-off scores are currently in effect for placement into TMCC math classes. These scores are subject to modification at any time. If a single score is listed, it is a minimum score.

Elementary Algebra
College Level Math
Below 80     Math Skills Center
80     MATH 90, MATH 95, MATH 108
  76   MATH 90, MATH 96, MATH 106
    50 MATH 120
    55 MATH 126
    70 MATH 128, STAT 152
    84 MATH 127, MATH 176
    101 MATH 181
Math Score Placement
400 – 460 MATH 90, MATH 95, MATH 108
470 – 500 MATH 90, MATH 96, MATH 106
500 MATH 120, MATH 126
560 – 610 MATH 127
620 MATH 128, STAT 152, MATH 176
630 MATH 181
620 MATH 176
Math Score Placement
17 – 18 MATH 90, MATH 95, MATH 108
19 – 21 MATH 90, MATH 96, MATH 106
22 MATH 120, MATH 126
25 – 27 MATH 127, MATH 128
27 – 28 MATH 176
28 MATH 181

PeopleSoft code conversion:
AR = Arithmetic
AG = Elementary Algebra
CM = College Level Math

Math Placement Test Preparation

A review of basic math concepts and skills can significantly raise a student's score on a math placement test. The review options below are designed to help self-motivated students place into an appropriate math class. Please note these are "self-help" options: no TMCC tutoring or instruction is provided (also note that any specific course information contained in an external link applies to the institution that has set up this link and not to TMCC).

  • ACCUPLACER provides sample test questions (scroll down in the file to the sections labeled Arithmetic Sample Questions, Elementary Algebra Sample Questions and College-Level Mathematics Test).
  • Los Angeles Valley College provides sample test questions (choose the Elementary Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or Pre-Calculus tests).
  • College of Southern Nevada provides sample test questions (select a test under ACCUPLACER Info and Practice).
  • EnableMath provides an algebra review course.
  • This Pre-Algebra Quick Review (designed to help students place into Math 095) is for students who need only a little brushing up on their pre-algebra math skills.
  • ACCUPLACER review with free videos.

The extensive pre-algebra review options below are for students who are highly motivated and comfortable teaching themselves math on their own; students testing below Math 095 who need motivation, support, and tutoring to learn math should enroll in the TMCC Skills Center.

ALEKS Online Pre-Algebra Course

ALEKS provides an initial assessment of the student's math skills, an individualized curriculum based upon that initial assessment, guided practice problems, worked examples, video tutorials, and regular assessments during the course. The 18-week ALEKS access code to take this class currently costs $67.00 (if purchased online). For details, see ALEKS Pre-Algebra Course.

Free "Pencil and Paper" Pre-Algebra Course

This course uses a free, downloadable textbook that provides lessons, worked examples, and practice problems with answers. Video lessons covering many of the course's topics and additional practice problems are also provided. The student works through assigned chapters and sections. For details, see Free Pre-Algebra Course (choose Study Guide for the course outline and instructions).

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