If you take the Math Assessment Test and believe
that your score does not accurately reflect your skill level, you may
- Assessment website (http://www.smc.edu/assessment): Please review before retaking the Assessment Test.
- Relevant
information is
located
under the
*Tests and Services*heading. - Mathematics Department website (http://www.smc.edu/math): Information can be found under the Math Placement heading.
- Additional course-specific study guides and online resources can be found under the
*Current Students*heading.
- SMC Library: Older math texts are available on the shelves and current texts are in the Reserve section behing the circulation desk.
- Math
Lab: Editions of older textbooks are
available for reference.
If, after taking the Math Assessment a second time, you still have not achieved eligibility for the class you desire, you may request to challenge your result by taking a challenge exam. If taking a challenge exam, please note:
- A challenge exam may be taken only once.
- Challenge exams are completed without use of a calculator.
- Challenge exams (except for the Geometry Challenge exam) are paper-and-pencil multiple choice timed tests, generally lasting 40 minutes.
- Geometry Challnege exam is administered throught the Assessment Center.
- You must received approval by the Math Department Head prior to taking the Geometry Math Challenge.
- You must earn a score of at least 70% on the challenge exam(s) to quilify for the desired class.
The chart below identifies which challenge exam you might take depending upon your Math Assessment score and the class desired. Preparing for a challenge exam should be a review of material you have already studied but possibly forgotten.
You should also be aware of the sequence of prerequisites for math courses. The most common misconception is that eligibility for Math 21, 26, 41, and 54 satisfies the Math 20 prerequisite for Math 2. In fact this is not the case, because eligibility for these courses reflects relatively basic algebra skills while Math 2 requires strong algebra skills demonstrated by scoring at least 70 on the College Algebra (Test Type 6) of the COMPASS assessment.
Here are the most typical scenarios and guidelines to follow:
You may have successfully completed Math 20 (Intermediate Algebra) and wish to take Math 2 (Precalculus). In this case, you also need to demonstrate proficiency in geometry (Math 32 at SMC). You may do this by taking the geometry challenge exam. Specific information about the geometry challenge exam is available on the Mathematics Department website under Math Placement.
Challenge Test Request forms are available outside the Mathematics Department office, MC 26.
Submit the
completed form to the Math
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