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 determine which one you should take.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
After taking the sample test, the results will show which skills you need to practice. You then should come back to this page and use the practice problems below. After practice, you can retake the test.
PRACTICE PROBLEMS FOR ALGEBRA READINESS TEST
Simple Equations and Operations with Literal Symbols

ALGEBRA READINESS TEST
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
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PRACTICE PROBLEMS FOR ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA TEST

ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA TEST
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

PRACTICE PROBLEMS FOR ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA TEST
Graphing and Coordinate Geometry Linear Equations and Inequalities Quadratic Polynomials, Equations, and Inequalities

INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA TEST
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
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PRACTICE PROBLEMS FOR PRECALCULUS TEST
Linear Equations and Inequalities, and Absolute Values Logarithmic and Exponential Functions Polynomials and Polynomial Functions Rational Expressions and their Graphs

PRECALCULUS TEST
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
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