College Math Placement Test Prep

MathHelp.com specializes in college math placement test prep. No matter which test you’re taking, we have the exact math help you need.

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The lessons helped me tremendously on my math placement test. I’m attending the University of Alabama this fall. I finished my associates degree in 2016, so I haven’t taken math classes in a long time. After doing the lessons I placed out of the intermediate classes I didn’t want to take, and into calculus. Taking this course has saved me around $2,000 in classes, and my graduation date was moved up. I’d say it was a great investment!
Megan Ramsey
Megan Ramsey
19:25 21 Jul 21
Very smooth remedial lessons and it helped refresh my memory on things I had forgotten about. Overall it was very worth it and I'm ready to take my math placement test this coming month.
Thomas Haas
Thomas Haas
04:27 24 Jun 21
My daughter used Mathhelp.com to prepare for the Accuplacer math placement test at her university. The school required a score of 279 on the Quantitative Reasoning test to move on to the Accuplacer AAF. The first time, she took it cold and scored a 270, so she was not able to move on to the AAF test. Then she studied on your site and got a 299 on the QR and a 292 on the AAF test, so she is good to go!Your website is very well planned to maximize results while minimizing time investment. The method that worked best for my daughter was to take the practice quiz for each section and then read explanations or watch videos of the problems she missed. That way she wasn't spending time watching videos on topics she already knew/remembered well. I then had her take the full practice tests once she had gone through all of the videos she needed to. Sometimes she didn't even need to view the videos -- your explanations of answers were sufficient in most cases to tell her what she needed to know, but the videos were very helpful when she needed a bit more explanation/step-by-step instruction. Up until this year, she has always done well in math, but a crummy teacher combined with covid virtual school made this year a very tough year for her, and she has lost a lot of confidence as a result. I hope that seeing how well she can do with a bit of good teaching/support has shown her that she can be successful again in this college calculus course.Overall, I was very impressed with how well your website prepared her for the tests, as evidenced by her scores. I will also use your site as she prepares to take the PSAT next year.
Brigid Gonzalez
Brigid Gonzalez
15:56 24 May 21
I first want to thank you for the MathHelp lessons. They are well done, in a logical order, and I appreciate that they are short, explain the concept with an example (or more), and that there are practice problems in addition to quizzes and tests -- all with the work written out and explained so I could figure out where and why I went wrong in a problem -- and affirm what I did right. It was the best review of math concepts I found while looking for assistance to prep for the ALEKS math placement test at the local community college in which I enrolled. I am 25 years out of grad school (in a social science field), and as I am jumping back into school to pursue nursing -- a heavier math and science field -- I needed to review the concepts that I was able to test out of a few decades ago.I also liked that I could watch the video at double time speed if it was something I just wanted to quickly review :) The examples with word/story problems also helped immensely! I was faced with a couple of them when I took the ALEKS test, and since I had practiced them (their format), they came a lot easier to me. And finally, the fact that there are links to related topics within each lesson made a difference. I checked out a few of the links to related lessons along the way just to make sure I was understanding things as fully as I felt I was, and those lessons reinforced what I knew and gave me confidence to progress to the next section.As for ALEKS, I scored more than what I needed to place into the math class required to complete my prerequisite for the nursing program. I would highly recommend MathHelp!
Stephanie F.
Stephanie F.
14:49 19 May 21
The ALEKS lessons were indeed very helpful. Your explanations were clear and well laid-out. I’ve been away from math for nearly 30 years now, and I frankly struggled back then when I was learning. Today, I scored an 84 on my ALEKS placement test, which qualifies me for honors math placement within my school. I’d say you guys are doing something right!If I were highlighting a part that was particularly helpful, I’d pick the logarithms. That’s an area that always flummoxed me, but your explanation has turned that weakness into a strength. Simply brilliant.
John Rodriguez
John Rodriguez
16:28 09 Mar 21
My test went amazingly! I felt very prepared in taking the ALEKS placement test. I liked the practice problems and tests and I felt I had a good understanding of the concepts presented to me.
Taylor Beeson
Taylor Beeson
14:54 22 Feb 21
I graduated high school in 1992, that was the last time I did any math related to algebra. I never went into college. 20 plus years later I decided to enroll. I needed to take the PERT placement test for Math. I had a bit of panic because I didn't remember anything; so I would have to learn as much as I could within a month because of deadlines with the school. I stumbled upon MathHelp.com while google searching Pert Test help. They offer 3 free lessons and it is a nice introduction into how the website works. I signed up for a month.Topics are broken down into a specific area; ie: Quadratic Equations. These are further broken down into bite size lessons that go through a specific part of the main lesson. Each lesson is explained in a logical and practical way that is easy to understand. After each mini lesson you can either practice or take a test on what you learned. When you finish a topic you get a review test on mixed questions based on all the lessons in that topic.I studied with them 2 hours a day minus weekends. Though I didn't get through all the areas because of time restraints; I did manage to go through the majority of it.The day of the test arrived and a few questions that I did not recognize were on the exam. However, even though I had not studied those specific problems, I knew the process on how to work through them. In the end for an old dude who hadn't studied in a long time I scored a 124 out of 150, enough to be able to select college Algebra. If I had been afforded the time to hit every section and really get mastery of it, I probably could have scored higher.I highly recommend signing up for this site if you are struggling with higher level math and or need a refresher on it. The teachers are amazing and each lesson is presented clearly and simply. The fact that you can practice them over and over really reinforces their lessons.Another good thing is unsubscribing. Most sites are sneaky and in order to cancel you have to find a number from some other site. While MathHelp.com is auto renew you can basically just click a button that says unsubscribe.If I end up having trouble in math this semester I will definitely be subscribing again. I can't thank them enough and highly recommend them. Worth every penny.
Derek Albright
Derek Albright
17:52 06 Nov 20
It helped me quite a bit as I got 91 score at UMass placement test which enabled me to enroll directly into Calculus.
Imad Burgan
Imad Burgan
13:08 20 Sep 20
I am not one to leave reviews ever. But I felt the need to leave a review for Mathhelp.com so other people can know how good this website is! I was skeptical at first having to pay for a PERT study course but I am so glad I did. I hadn't done any math since high school which was 7 years ago for me and I didn't remember anything at all. But I followed this course for 2 weeks and in that time I learned more than I had at years of school. I scored a perfect 150 on my PERT and because of it I got to take the Accuplacer and scored well on that too which placed me in Pre Calc and Trig! It saved me from taking over a year worth of lower level maths and thousands of dollars. For $50 it was definitely worth it and I would recommend it to anyone who needs to take any math placement test or just wants a refresher in math. I only wish all my math courses used mathhelp.com it is by far much superior to Pearsons mymathlab which pails in comparison. The structure of this course was by far the most efficient way I have ever been taught math. I just want to say thank you!
Billy T
Billy T
13:21 23 Aug 20
I was able to score an 81 on my ALEKS test which was far more than satisfactory for the placement I needed. I really enjoyed the clear explanations in the videos! All of the presenters did such an amazing job of clearly explaining the material, and the fact that you could speed the videos up and still really understand what they were saying was a game changer. All in all I was very pleased with the quality of the site, it reminded me of the way my favorite math teacher in high school taught. Such an amazing resource!
Jake Wittig
Jake Wittig
14:12 19 Aug 20
Mathhelp.com was extremely helpful. I increased my math placement test score by 135 points by using the website. I am now ready to take college algebra. The teachings are a good pace and the most helpful thing are the links to previous lessons that remind you of building blocks you need for the current lesson. Also, the option to have the audio of a problem on the practice problems is extremely helpful.
Kim Agnew
Kim Agnew
01:08 02 Aug 20
My daughter really liked using mathhelp.com! She needed it for some refresher learning in preparation for her Accuplacer college placement test. Imagine her surprise when she scored so much higher on her math than she thought she was going to! Thank you for your helpful product!
Melissa Schindler
Melissa Schindler
15:58 12 Jun 20
Wanted to say thanks so much for putting together the Mathhelp curriculum for people like me. Without all the content I would not have been successful on the TSI placement test. The most helpful was definitely the factoring, exponent rules and fractions involving radicals since you see a lot of that on the test. Overall it was very easy to learn and follow and built my confidence up and helped me be successful. I scored a 350 out of a possible 390 according to my advisor and now I’m in my second week of college algebra on a summer mini semester! Thanks to all of you and keep up the good work. I made a suggestion to my school that they should recommend your site to people like me as a prep for the placement test.
Nathan Fowler
Nathan Fowler
16:15 07 Jun 20
The placement test went well and I avoided all remedial math classes. The information was presented in an easy way to understand.
Phil Carroll
Phil Carroll
18:46 09 Apr 20
It was actually incredibly helpful and I ended up doing really well on my math placement test because of it! I think what helped me most were the videos and the careful explanations. Even if it was something I already knew it served as a helpful reminder. I’m very grateful!
Eden Borders
Eden Borders
13:51 11 Mar 20
I had a good score on my math placement test. It allowed me to skip the first course and I could have skipped the second if we did not have to forcefully take it. The part that served me the most was polynomial factorization. Besides, the teachers are super clear and the exercises very useful. 100% recommended.
Mariana G. Tinoco
Mariana G. Tinoco
01:08 22 Feb 20

What is a college math placement test?

Most colleges and universities use a placement test to determine the math skills of each incoming student. These rigorous exams test on a wide range of math concepts and are used to place each student into the math class that best fits his or her skill level.

What math is on a placement test?

The math on a placement test falls into three categories: arithmetic, algebra, and advanced math. Mastering the arithmetic on the test will place you out of one remedial math course. Acing the algebra will allow you skip remedial math entirely. Conquer the advanced math, and you might even place out of College Algebra.

How do I study for a placement test?

To study for a placement test, we recommend the approach outlined below.

  1. Use an online course that outlines the exact material that’s covered on the test.
  2. Get video instruction throughout the course.
  3. Practice thoroughly until you’re comfortable with the material.
  4. Test yourself to make sure you have it down.

Can you use a calculator on a math placement test?

Whether or not you can use a calculator depends on which math placement test you’re taking. On the ACCUPLACER Math test, for example, you're not allowed to bring a physical calculator into the test center or use handheld calculators, but an on-screen calculator is available within the test for some questions. On the ALEKS test, you have access to a built-in calculator whenever you need it.

What type of math is on a college placement test?

A college placement test covers the type of math you would see in Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2. The following is a more detailed list of the kind of math that’s on the test.

  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
  • Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
  • Linear Equations and Systems of Equations
  • Exponents, Polynomials, and Factoring
  • Radicals and Quadratics
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Probability and Statistics

How do I pass a college math placement test?

If you’re wondering how to pass a college math placement test, start with practice questions that are as close as possible to the actual test questions. To find sample questions, check your college’s website or the official website of the test that you’re taking. If the questions are difficult for you, the next step is to use an online course that teaches you the math concepts behind the questions.

How do I prepare for a college placement test?

The following steps show how to prepare for a college placement test.

  1. Determine which test your college uses. There are many different types of college placement tests. Make sure you’re preparing for the exact test you’ll be taking.
  2. Take advantage of the tools provided by your college. For example, most colleges have a page on their website that’s devoted to their math placement test.
  3. Review for the test. Don’t make the mistake of going into the test unprepared. Instead, use a study guide that provides plenty of instruction and practice.

How many questions are on a math placement test?

There are many different types of math placement tests. Depending on which test you’re taking, it might have lots of questions or not so many, it could be timed or untimed, and calculators may or may not be allowed. Some tests have standard multiple-choice questions while others use a computer to adapt the test to your skill level as you progress, giving you harder questions when you get them right and easier questions when you get them wrong. It’s best to read about your specific math placement test online so you know what to expect.

Is a placement test hard?

Placement tests aren’t necessarily hard. These exams primarily cover the Algebra that you learned in high school, so whether or not they are hard depends on how well you did in Algebra.

Should you study for a math placement test?

You should definitely study for your college math placement test so that you don’t get stuck in remedial math classes. The proper amount of time to devote to a study guide is between 1 and 3 months.

What is a math assessment test?

A math assessment test is a test that colleges use to assess your math background and place you into the appropriate math course. Another name for a math assessment test is a math placement test.

Can you fail a placement test for college?

You can’t technically “fail” a college placement test. However, low scoring students are placed into remedial classes, which can have major ramifications. Remedial classes are expensive, take multiple semesters to complete, and offer no college credit. High scoring students, on the other hand, are able to skip remedial classes. As a result, they save precious time and money, and they are much more likely to graduate.

Do I need to take the math placement exam?

Taking the math placement exam is a requirement for most incoming college students. However, if you have a high enough score on a different standardized test, such as the SAT, you may not have to take the math placement exam.

What are the different college math placement tests?

There are many different college math placement tests. Some are national exams, and others are state-specific tests. The following is a list of the most common tests.

National tests:

State tests:

What if I don’t know which math placement test my college uses?

Often students are aware that they need to take a college placement test, but they don’t know which one their school requires. You can find the information on their website or through their admissions office. However, to make life easier, you can use the link below to select your college or university and we’ll let you know which test it uses.

Click here to find out which assessment test your college offers

Our list of colleges and their tests is very current. However, you may want to double-check with your school’s website to make absolutely sure that you’re preparing for the correct test.

What is the “Math Placement Test (Universal)” course that I see on your list?

Many colleges use a custom test they’ve created themselves (instead of offering one of the major placement tests such as the ACCUPLACER, PERT, etc.). In this situation, we recommend our “Universal” math placement test prep course. This thorough study guide covers every topic you might come across if your college offers its own placement test.



What is a college math placement test?

Most colleges and universities use a placement test to determine the math skills of each incoming student. These rigorous exams test on a wide range of math concepts and are used to place each student into the math class that best fits his or her skill level.

What math is on a placement test?

The math on a placement test falls into three categories: arithmetic, algebra, and advanced math. Mastering the arithmetic on the test will place you out of one remedial math course. Acing the algebra will allow you skip remedial math entirely. Conquer the advanced math, and you might even place out of College Algebra.

How do I study for a placement test?

To study for a placement test, we recommend the approach outlined below.

  1. Use an online course that outlines the exact material that’s covered on the test.
  2. Get video instruction throughout the course.
  3. Practice thoroughly until you’re comfortable with the material.
  4. Test yourself to make sure you have it down.

Can you use a calculator on a math placement test?

Whether or not you can use a calculator depends on which math placement test you’re taking. On the ACCUPLACER Math test, for example, you're not allowed to bring a physical calculator into the test center or use handheld calculators, but an on-screen calculator is available within the test for some questions. On the ALEKS test, you have access to a built-in calculator whenever you need it.

What type of math is on a college placement test?

A college placement test covers the type of math you would see in Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2. The following is a more detailed list of the kind of math that’s on the test.

  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
  • Expressions, Equations and Inequalities
  • Linear Equations and Systems of Equations
  • Exponents, Polynomials, and Factoring
  • Radicals and Quadratics
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Probability and Statistics

How do I pass a college math placement test?

If you’re wondering how to pass a college math placement test, start with practice questions that are as close as possible to the actual test questions. To find sample questions, check your college’s website or the official website of the test that you’re taking. If the questions are difficult for you, the next step is to use an online course that teaches you the math concepts behind the questions.

How do I prepare for a college placement test?

The following steps show how to prepare for a college placement test.

  1. Determine which test your college uses. There are many different types of college placement tests. Make sure you’re preparing for the exact test you’ll be taking.
  2. Take advantage of the tools provided by your college. For example, most colleges have a page on their website that’s devoted to their math placement test.
  3. Review for the test. Don’t make the mistake of going into the test unprepared. Instead, use a study guide that provides plenty of instruction and practice.

How many questions are on a math placement test?

There are many different types of math placement tests. Depending on which test you’re taking, it might have lots of questions or not so many, it could be timed or untimed, and calculators may or may not be allowed. Some tests have standard multiple-choice questions while others use a computer to adapt the test to your skill level as you progress, giving you harder questions when you get them right and easier questions when you get them wrong. It’s best to read about your specific math placement test online so you know what to expect.

Is a placement test hard?

Placement tests aren’t necessarily hard. These exams primarily cover the Algebra that you learned in high school, so whether or not they are hard depends on how well you did in Algebra.

Should you study for a math placement test?

You should definitely study for your college math placement test so that you don’t get stuck in remedial math classes. The proper amount of time to devote to a study guide is between 1 and 3 months.

What is a math assessment test?

A math assessment test is a test that colleges use to assess your math background and place you into the appropriate math course. Another name for a math assessment test is a math placement test.

Can you fail a placement test for college?

You can’t technically “fail” a college placement test. However, low scoring students are placed into remedial classes, which can have major ramifications. Remedial classes are expensive, take multiple semesters to complete, and offer no college credit. High scoring students, on the other hand, are able to skip remedial classes. As a result, they save precious time and money, and they are much more likely to graduate.

Do I need to take the math placement exam?

Taking the math placement exam is a requirement for most incoming college students. However, if you have a high enough score on a different standardized test, such as the SAT, you may not have to take the math placement exam.

What are the different college math placement tests?

There are many different college math placement tests. Some are national exams, and others are state-specific tests. The following is a list of the most common tests.

National tests:

State tests:

What if I don’t know which math placement test my college uses?

Often students are aware that they need to take a college placement test, but they don’t know which one their school requires. You can find the information on their website or through their admissions office. However, to make life easier, you can use the link below to select your college or university and we’ll let you know which test it uses.

Click here to find out which assessment test your college offers

Our list of colleges and their tests is very current. However, you may want to double-check with your school’s website to make absolutely sure that you’re preparing for the correct test.

What is the “Math Placement Test (Universal)” course that I see on your list?

Many colleges use a custom test they’ve created themselves (instead of offering one of the major placement tests such as the ACCUPLACER, PERT, etc.). In this situation, we recommend our “Universal” math placement test prep course. This thorough study guide covers every topic you might come across if your college offers its own placement test.

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