There are two options for assessing your math skills, the ISSA (Informed Student Self-Assessment) and the College Level Math assessment.
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The ISSA can be taken at any computer with Internet access and does not require supervision. This self-assessment will place you into a lower level/refresher math course, or recommend that you take the College Level Math assessment. The ISSA can not clear prerequisites for non-math classes.
You should take the ISSA if:
After you complete the ISSA, it is important that you press "save result and print" in the upper right hand corner of the screen. If you do not press this button, your
results will not be saved and you will have to re-take the entire assessment. Your
results will be available in InSite the following business day.
For step-by-step instructions, review How to take the ISSA.
Take the ISSA to get a better idea of your current math skill level.
Review this chart to determine appropriate level of math after taking the ISSA assessment.
Assessment type: multiple choice
Assessment sections: two levels of assessment available ranging from pre-algebra to algebra II
Questions: 15 questions
Time limit: none
Re-assessment policy: unlimited
The College Level Math assessment can only be taken at the assessment center with a scheduled appointment. This assessment will place you into the most appropriate math course for your skill level.
You should take the College Level Math assessment if:
Assessment type: multiple choice
Assessment sections: algebraic operations, solutions of equations and inequalities, coordinate geometry, applications and other algebra topics, functions, trigonometry
Questions: 20 questions
Time limit: 1 hour
Re-assessment policy: the College Level Math assessment may be taken twice during your first assessing-semester (you must wait seven days before re-assessing), and once a semester for all following semesters.
Visit Do I need to take an assessment? for more information on how to qualify for the exemptions listed above.
Our math practice questions are meant to help prepare you for the College Level Math assessment, as well as help you understand if you are ready for a college-level math course. If you cannot pass the 10 sample practice questions, it is recommended that you TAKE THE ISSA to better assess your current math skill level.
Since the ISSA can be taken on any device with Internet access and does not require supervision, there are no practice questions for the ISSA. You can take this assessment as many times as you would like.
You will be given a printed hard copy of your results after you complete your assessment. Your assessment placement results will be available online on InSite within 24 business hours of completing the assessment. Please allow 72 business hours if you took the assessment remotely.
View our placement chart to understand your assessment scores.
Please note: Assessment Center staff cannot give results over the phone, mail, fax, or email.
Visit schedule an assessment to make your appointment in Pleasant Hill or San Ramon. Please review the “day of assessment” information before scheduling.
Review our Math Course Sequence Guide to understand what your placement means and which courses you may be required to take for your program or to transfer.
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Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.