Math Placement Testing
ACCUPLACER® provides fast, accurate determination of a student and their skills through both placement and nationally normalized tests extensively used by community colleges, four year colleges, and technical schools around the world. Incoming students who wish to matriculate at Essex County College will be given a placement test. However, if you received a 530 or above on the SAT mathematics section (or 21 or above on the ACT math section) you will not be required to take the ACCUPLACER® test and can register for MTH 100.
The one-time fee will allow a student to take another ACCUPLACER® test, and if (s)he passes, an additional series of placement tests will be given to determine the required math courses. Exceptional students can also self-study and take the complete sequence that would place the student at the MTH 121 level.
New students received placement on the basis of their academic records and placement test results. However, the Math & Physics Division offers opportunities to retest, specifically for Math. Placement testing typically takes place during in-person registration days before the start of each Fall, Spring or Summer 1 term, in room T-105. Exact dates and times will be announced.
Transfer credit is also available for students who have completed mathematics course work at other colleges or universities. See the Admissions Office for more information.
Students who pass the CLEP PreCalculus Exam should receive 4 credits in MTH 113 or 119.
Students should submit the score/grade report from the College Board to the Enrollment Services Express Office. This information will then be forwarded to the Mathematics Division for review.
Preparing for the Accuplacer
Please study some review materials before the exam. For MTH 092/086, see general information about the Accuplacer exam.
If your current placement is MTH 086 or 092, and you would like to retest, you will have to pay $10 to retake the Accuplacer. Students who took the Accuplacer/Companion test and were given the placement, "see Mathematics Division " will be allowed to take an additional placement test(s) and will not be charged.
For those students who place at "see Mathematics Division" on the ACCUPLACER® test, the Mathematics Division will provide several options in properly placing students. The correct math class largely depends on a student's major.
It is strongly suggested that you consult with a member of the Mathematics Department to discuss your particular case. If you have questions about placement testing, please contact
Prof. Ron Bannon
to discuss your particular case.