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What if I’m not ready to take the college math course I need?

MCC provides a number of ways to help you become prepared for the college level math course(s) you need. The process starts with taking a placement test and seeing where that directs you.  Feel free to talk to your academic advisor or with a math faculty member about your options. Steps:

  1. Take the ACCUPLACER placement test. (Note: If you already took the ACT or the COMPASS test, those work as well.) Recognize that this result is a rough estimate of where you are in mathematics. Make sure that you take the test when you have time and are not rushed.  Don’t get anxious about the result, but do take it seriously and try your best.
  2. Where does your ACCUPLACER result place you? The information outlines various paths available to you. No matter where you start, you have options for which path to take.

If you have an ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic score of 200 to 249, or a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 40+, or COMPASS Algebra score of 0 to 40, we recommend College Prep Math 1 (MAT074):

  • College Prep Math 1 (MAT074): It starts with topics such as whole numbers, integers, fractions and percents. The course is modular, meaning that you work at your own pace, completing each module before moving to the next.
    • If you complete 6 modules (the first time you take the class) with at least a B-, you are ready for college level courses such as: Math for Liberal Arts, Statistics, and Math for Elementary Teachers.
    • If you complete 8 modules with at least a C, you are ready for college level courses such as: Math for Liberal Arts, Statistics, and Math for Elementary Teachers.
    • If you complete 4 or 5 modules, or you complete 6 or 7 modules, but with a grade lower than B-,  you will need to take College Prep Math 2, or College Prep Statistics to finish your Prep Math work.

If you have an ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic score of 250 to 264, or a  COMPASS Algebra score of 41 to 54, we recommend either College Prep Math 2 (MAT077) or College Prep Statistics (MAT075):

  • College Prep Math 2 (MAT077): This is simply a continuation of College Prep Math 1, taken if you did not complete enough modules during College Prep Math 1. If you complete 8 modules with at least a C, you are ready for college level courses such as: Math for Liberal Arts, Statistics, and Math for Elementary Teachers.
  • College Prep Statistics (MAT075): This course is taken at the same time as you take Statistics.  You learn what you need for Statistics, exactly when you need it. This means you get done with your math one semester sooner than by taking College Prep Math 2 followed by taking a college level math course.

If you have an ACCUPLACER NextGen Arithmetic score of 265 or more, or COMPASS Algebra of 55 or more, or an ACT Math score of 20 or more, we recommend that you start at a college level math course such as Math for Liberal Arts (MAT110), Statistics (MAT156) or Math for Elementary Teachers (MAT117).  If you are needing to take Pre-Calculus and Calculus, we recommend that you take College Prep Math 3 (MAT098).

  • College Prep Math 3 (MAT098): If you are needing Pre-Calculus or Calculus, but aren’t ready for it, there are two more modules (9 & 10) in the college prep sequence to prepare you for PreCalculus.
  • Math for Liberal Arts (MAT110): This is a survey of several mathematical topics, including general problem solving strategies, consumer math, modeling, functions and graphing, sets, and logic.
  • Statistics (MAT156):  This is an introductory course in statistics, covering basic summary statistics, basic probability, and an introduction to inferential statistics and correlation.
  • Math for Elementary Teachers (MAT117):  Just as the name says, this is a course for students who plan to teach elementary school.  It explores elementary school level math, from whole number arithmetic through fractions and basic geometry, at great depth.  The intent is not for the prospective teacher to learn new math, but to learn elementary math very well.

Pathways into needed Math courses

(for students needing Math for Liberal Arts, Statistics or Math for Elementary Teachers)

The chart shows five possible pathways into the math you need to take.  Path 1 the fastest and least expensive way, but it requires a higher placement test score than the other paths.  Path 2 is just as fast, but requires an additional course due to a lower placement score.  Paths 3 & 4 take another semester, but cost the same as Path 2.  Path 5 is the slowest (and most expensive), requiring two college prep classes before taking your college math course.

Possible paths to the Math Class you need Placement Test Score Courses you need to take, in the order you need to take them
Path 1: Test into Math for Liberal Arts, Statistics or Math for Elementary Teachers ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 265 or more MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts
or
MAT156 Statistics
or
MAT117 Math for Elementary Teachers
Path 2: Test into College Prep Statistics & Statistics ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 250 to 264 MAT075 College Prep Statistics
and
MAT156 Statistics (taken at the same time)
Path 3: Test into College Prep Math 2 and after that into Math for Liberal Arts, Statistics or Math for Elementary Teachers ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 250 to 264 MAT077 College Prep Math 2 MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts
or
MAT156 Statistics
or
MAT117 Math for Elementary Teachers
Path 4: Test into College Prep Math 1 and after that into Math for Liberal Arts, Statistics or Math for Elementary Teachers ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 200 to 249 MAT074 College Prep Math 1, completing 6 modules in one semester with at least a B- MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts
or
MAT156 Statistics
or
MAT117 Math for Elementary Teachers
Path 5: Test into College Prep Math 1 followed by College Prep Math 2 and after that into Math for Liberal Arts, Statistics or Math for Elementary Teachers ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 200 to 24 MAT074 College Prep Math 1, completing 4 modules in one semester MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts
or
MAT156 Statistics
or
MAT117 Math for Elementary Teachers

Other Resources to help you with math

  • Success Center & Tutors: The Success Center provides supporting staff and tutors to support students.  Feel free to go in and ask for support.
  • Faculty: The faculty at MCC are happy to work with students; don’t be afraid to go to their office and ask questions. They may also hold review sessions for students to prepare for tests.

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Mark Monroe

Mark Monroe

Mark received his BA in Math and Computer Science from St. Olaf College, and his MS in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma S...

Mark received his BA in Math and Computer Science from St. Olaf College, and his MS in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University. After 20 years working as an engineer and computer scientist, he returned to “his love” of teaching in 2004. “I have the opportunity to touch the lives of several hundred...

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