Math Placement and Test Preparation

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

Testing

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 prerequisite 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.

Prerequisite Classes

A grade of "C" or better in the prerequisite class or its equivalent taken within the past two years at TMCC, within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), or at another college, qualifies a student for placement into a TMCC math class. Note: A "C-" does not qualify.

Courses taken at a college outside 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. If a single score is listed, it is a minimum score.

Please note: these scores are subject to modification at any time.

Course Placement Classic ACCUPLACER Next Generation ACCUPLACER ACT SAT (Mar. 2016 & later)
SKC 80, Self-Enroll, or Retest AR: 20–79
AG: 20–75
NGAR: 200–265 Below 17 Below 430
CTM 86 AR: 34–79
AG: 50–75
NGAR: 225–265 X X
Stretch MATH 92/95/96 AR: 60–79 NGAR: 237–265 X X
SKC 85, MATH 95, MATH 108,
MATH 95/96 Mini Session
AR: 80–120 NGAR: 266–300 17–18 430–490
MATH 96 AG: 76–120
CM: 20–49
NGQAS: 263–275 19–21 500–520
MATH 120
See Alternative Pathways
CM: 50–83 NGQAS: 276 + NGAAF 237–249 22–24 530–580
MATH 126
See Alternative Pathways
CM: 55–83 NGQAS: 276 + NGAAF 250–300 22–24 530–580
MATH 127 or STAT 152 CM: 84–100 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MATH 126 25–27 590–640
MATH 122, 123 CM: 70–100 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MATH 120 or MATH 126 25–27 650
MATH 176 CM: 84–100 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MATH 126 27–28 650
MATH 181 CM: 101–120 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MATH 127 or MATH 128 28 660

Alternate Pathways for Placement into Math 120 and 126

Recent high school graduates (graduation within two years prior to term for which the student is applying) with an overall unweighted GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 and having completed Intermediate Algebra (Algebra 3-4 in WCSD) with a grade of B or higher, may enroll in MATH 120 or MATH 126.

Math Placement Test Preparation

A review of basic math concepts and skills can significantly raise a student's score on a math placement test.

  • ACCUPLACER provides sample test questions.
  • Pre-Algebra Quick Review was designed to help students place into Math 95. It is intended for students who need only a little brushing up on their pre-algebra math skills.
  • The ALEKS pre-algebra review option is for students who are highly motivated and comfortable teaching themselves math on their own. 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.
  • Students testing below Math 95 who need motivation, support, and tutoring to learn math should enroll in TMCC's Math Skills Center.