Placement Test Preparation
Welcome to the LAMC Mathematics Department placement preparation website. You have taken the right step in deciding to prepare for placement. Proper placement in the mathematics program will insure progression through your Math course sequence will be effective. You will not be bored with topics you already know and you will not be overwhelmed with course work for which you are unprepared.
Your first step will be to review the introduction to each exam and determine which one you should take. The table below indicates which courses each test can place you into. If you are not sure what course to aim for you may want to take the practice test in sequence to see which you feel best reflects you background and preparation in Mathematics. You are encouraged to take as many of the practice tests as necessary until you are confident on which to choose. Challenge yourself and don't be satisfied with one you "know you can pass". The Mathematics Department also offers program advisement, see the department website for time and days.
Once you take the practice test you will be able to use your results to link to the preparation website for that test. There you will be presented with an opportunity to prepare for the test using an online program called InterAct Math. If after working with the website you feel you may want to try a more challenging placement test, you are encouraged to do so. GOOD LUCK!
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Please click on the following link to view the first of several videos designed to help you use the placement preparation website: Chosing and taking a practice placement test.
If you feel that you require additional preparation or you wish to brush up your Math skills in general, please visit: Test Prep @ Santa Ana College.
If you choose the Precalculus placement test, UCSD also provides additional online practice for this level at: Precalculus Test Prep @ UCSD. Each of these tests includes 40 questions and provides an online scoring report and allows the student to compare their response with the correct response and determine what errors they made. 
Pre Algebra Math 105 Math 112 Math 123 A and B Math 115 
Elementary Algebra Math 115 Math 125 Math 123 A, B and C

Intermediate Algebra Math 125 Math 123 B and C Math 227, 245, 238 Math 215 Math 240 
Pre Calculus Math 215, 227, 245, 238 Math 240 Math 260 Math 265 
ALGEBRA READINESS TEST
The Algebra Readiness Test was designed to measure arithmetic and prealgebra skills to determine readiness for a first course in algebra.
You should take the Algebra Readiness Test if:
You had no high school algebra. You had one year of high school algebra or the equivalent. It has been several years since your last math class.
Skills measured on the Algebra Readiness Test are:
Integers Fractions Decimals and Percent Exponents and Square Roots Simple Equations and Operations with Literal Symbols Geometry and Graphing
TAKE AR SAMPLE TEST 
ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA TEST
The Elementary Algebra Test was designed to determine readiness for a secondyear algebra course.
You should take the Elementary Algebra Test if:
you had 2 or more years of high school algebra or the equivalent and you received a grade of "C" or better in your last math course and you completed your last math course within the last two years.
Skills measured on the Elementary Algebra Test are:
Arithmetic Operations Polynomials Linear Equations and Inequalities Quadratic Equations Graphing Rational Expressions Exponents and Square Roots Geometry Word Problems

INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA TEST
The Intermediate Algebra Test was designed to determine readiness for a transfer level mathematics course.
You should take the Intermediate Algebra Test if:
you had 2 or more years of high school Algebra or the equivalent (This must include Algebra 2a and 2b, LAUSD numbering) and you received a grade of "B" or better in your last math course and you completed your last math course within the last year.
Skills measured on the Intermediate Algebra Test are:
Elementary Operations Exponents and Radicals Graphing and Coordinate Geometry Linear Equations and Inequalities Logarithms and Functions Quadratic Polynomials, Equations, and Inequalities Rational Expressions
TAKE IA SAMPLE TEST 
PRECALCULUS TEST
The Precalculus Test was designed to determine readiness for a college level Calculus course.
You should take the Precalculus Test if:
you had at least one year of high school Math Analysis or the equivalent and you received a grade of "B" or better in your last math course and you completed your last math course within the last year.
Skills measured on the Precalculus Test are:
Exponents and Radicals Functions Linear Equations and Inequalities, and Absolute Values Logarithmic and Exponential Functions Polynomials and Polynomial Functions Rational Expressions and their Graphs Trigonometry Word Problems
TAKE PRECALCULUS SAMPLE TEST 