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Assessment Testing

Math Assessment

Math placement at Foothill College is about choice. Based on your educational goals, Foothill offers a variety of transfer level and non-transfer level courses open to all students without the need for an assessment.  

Your major will dictate how much math you would need to take. Speak with a counselor to determine what math course is best for you based on your major and educational goals.

Open Access Math Courses

Assessments are not necessary for math courses listed below. However, it is highly recommended to speak with a counselor to choose the right math course based on your educational goals.

Select Goal for Recommended Math Courses

Earn an Associate Degree—AA/AS or Any Foothill Allied Health Program

Math 105 - Intermediate

Algebra Math 180 - Quantitative Reasoning

Any course listed under "Transfer to University"

Transfer to University—AA/AS for Transfer and BS for Dental Hygiene

Statistics - Math 10

Math for Elementary School School Teachers - Math 42

Liberal Arts Math - Math 44

Precalculus I + Coreq - Math 48A + Math 248A

Prepare for College-level Math

Quantitative Reasoning - Math 180



See a counselor to help you choose the appropriate math course.

Math Courses Requiring Assessment

An assessment is required for placement into  the following courses:

NOTE: Placement is based on high school transcript information and/or guided self-placement. If you are a STEM major or require Precalculus to Calculus as part of your education plan, an assessment for placement is required. 

Precalculus I - Math 48A

Precalculus II - Math 48B

Precalculus III - Math 48C

Business Calculus - Math 12

Math 1A - Calculus

Discrete Math - Math 22

How You are Placed

Placement into Pre-calculus I, II, III, Business Calculus, Discrete Math or Calculus I is based on high school transcript evaluation or guided self-placement.

  • If you are a domestic student or your high school used an American style 4.0 scale grade point average (GPA) grading system, email or drop off an unofficial copy of your high school transcripts to the Testing and Assessment Center (Rm 8212) for evaulation.
  • If you did not go to high school in the United States, never attended high school anywhere, or your high school transcripts are unavailable, email to complete a guided self-placement for Math.
  • If you have transfer credit from another college/university or Advanced Placement (AP) scores, please complete a Prerequisite Clearance Form.


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Testing & Assessment Center

Student Services Building 8200 Room 8212