Math Placement

Math Placement Test Eligibility

Accuplacer Test Score Transfer

Math Test Prep

Results & Retest Policy

Schedule an Appointment

Math Placement Test Eligibility

Placement Test VS. Prerequisite Clearance Process

You should take an Math Placement Test at the Testing & Assessment Center if you: You should complete the Admissions & Records Prerequisite Clearance Process if you have:
  • Plan to enroll in a course with a math prerequisite
  • Completed the prerequisite(s) courses at Foothill College within several years
  • Took any prerequisite courses several years ago
    • In general, high school math courses DO NOT meet the prerequisites although AP courses will be considered.
  • Completed equivalent prerequisite(s) courses at another U.S. College or University within several years
  • Don't have any college coursework credit
  • Taken and earned a score of '3' or higher on the following AP courses in high school:
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
  • Taken and earned a score of '3' or higher on the following AP courses in high school:
    • AP Statistics

Prerequisite Clearance Process:

To be cleared for a prerequisite, please complete a prerequisite clearance form and submit the form to Admissions & Records.

Unsure about your Foothill Placement Testing History?

If you have already taken a Chemistry placement test at Foothill College, your placement will be vaild for 365 days.

  • Valid scores will be posted on your Student Tab of MyPortal.

Math Accuplacer Score Transfer

  • Foothill only accepts the raw scores of the Accuplacer College Level Math, Elementary Algebra Math and Arithmetic Math tests.
  • Foothill College does not accept placement test scores from CSUs or UCs.
  • To transfer your Accuplacer Test Scores, please complete the Transfer of Scores process.

Math Test Prep

Before scheduling an appointment with the Testing & Assessment Center:

  • You must complete and submit the Foothill College Application for Admission
  • Review Math Placement Prep Materials
  • Become familiar with the the computerized placement testing for Mathematics
  • You will find pencils, scratch paper and ear plugs inside the testing lab
  • Should you reach a math problem that requires a calcaluator, one will populate on the computer screen
  • Tests are untimed, but in general students take about an hour to complete
  • On the day of your testing appointment, just bring your photo ID and Foothill student ID number

Results & Retest Policy

Math Course Sequence

Expiration of Assessment Results

Assessment results are valid for one (1) year for the date that the score was earned.

Retest Policy

After taking a placement test at Foothill College, students may retake the English, ESL, and/or Math placement tests one (1) time at Foothill College within a six (6) month period of the initial date of a placement; however, students cannot retest in a subject if they have earned a transcriptable grade (passing, or D, F, W, NP or I) in the subject/course sequence in which they are seeking a new placement.


Challenges to placements should be directed to the appropriate Division Office.

Math: Dean of Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering (PSME)

Foothill College Placement Testing Retest Policy - Updated July 1, 2015

Schedule an Appointment

Placement Testing is available by appointment only.

Download the Placement Testing Schedule or Schedule an Appointment now!

All you need to bring to your appointment is 1) a photo ID and 2) your Foothill student ID number. Everything else (pencils, calculators, etc.) is provided for you.

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