I Think My Placement is Wrong

Placement tests give some idea of a student's background knowledge, but are not a perfect form of assessment. Here are some options if you think your placement test score is not an accurate measure of your knowledge and ability.

I want to try to place into a higher level

It is our mission to place all students at the highest level in which they can be successful with a reasonable effort. Our assessment cut scores are chosen on the low side, on the assumption that students are coming to the assessment without having done math for a year or so. However, sometimes it is still the case that a student who just needs a brief review may under-perform, and place into a level that is lower than his or her abilities. If you think that is the case for you, try following these steps.
  1. Look at the prerequisite review for the course in which you think you belong. If the material looks familiar to you, use it as a study guide.
  2. Find a way to review the material. Some options are:
    • Check out a textbook from the library that covers the prerequisite material.
    • Register for MyMathLab, using one of our Student Access Course IDs (free if only used for 14 days). Register in the course that is a prerequisite for the one you want to take.
    • Work with a tutor from the learning lab, if you are a current ACC student.
    • See what you can find on the internet, at Khan Academy, on YouTube, or other math sites.
  3. Try a practice assessment in the Learning Express Library. Ask an advisor for your target score.
  4. Go back to step 2 until you are able to place higher than your target score by a comfortable margin. Then re-assess at an assessment center, or talk to a full-time math faculty member if you feel uncertain at this stage.

I am not sure I am ready for the course into which I placed

It is our mission to place all students at the highest level in which they can be successful with a reasonable effort. Our assessment cut scores are chosen on the low side, on the assumption that students are coming to the assessment without having done math for a year or so. Because of this, it is possible for a student to place artificially high.

  1. Look at the prerequisite review for the course into which you placed. If the material looks very unfamiliar to you, that is a good sign that you might have a better chance of success in a lower level course.
  2. If you aren't sure, try to review the material on the prerequisite review, and see how quickly it comes back to you. Some options are:
    • Check out a textbook from the library that covers the prerequisite material.
    • Register for MyMathLab, using one of our Student Access Course IDs (free if only used for 17 days). Register in the course that is a prerequisite for the one you want to take.
    • Work with a tutor from the learning lab, if you are a current ACC student.
    • See what you can find on the internet, at Khan Academy, on YouTube, or other math sites.
  3. Talk to a full-time math faculty member if you are still uncertain. There are lots of factors, such as work load and past experiences in math courses, that we can help you take into account in making this decision.

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