Placement Testing

Test preparationMath testing pilot project

So you need to take a math placement test. Download our Math Placement Guide for an overview of the placement testing process and GCC math courses. We also recommend the following options to help you get ready for testing.

  • Sign-up for My Math Test. (Download our guide to for help signing up.) This is an online computer program that can help you refresh your arithmetic and algebra skills. The GCC Math Department has created a series of 15 tests at this site that correspond to the content of our three developmental math classes. Once you complete a test, a study plan is created for you based on your results. My Math Test is a commercial product (not affiliated with GCC), so it does cost money.
  • Visit Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization; their videos and practice problems are available free of charge (but are not specifically tailored to our three developmental classes). Download our guide to Khan Academy
  • Study the materials that the math department has put on reserve in the GCC Nahman-Watson library (these materials may be checked out).
  • Borrow a text book from the Math Studio (N401).

GCC, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, is conducting a pilot project to determine if a student's high school GPA, along with successful completion of a high school Algebra II course or equivalent, is an effective measurement to be used to determine direct placement into a college-level math course. To be considered for this opportunity you must complete the ACCUPLACER placement test for English and mathematics, and meet the criteria outlined below.

You are eligible to participate in this project if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • Graduated from high school in 2018
  • Presented an official high school transcript to GCC.
  • Had a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or higher at the time of your high school graduation.
  • Earned a grade of B or better in high school Algebra II or its equivalent.
  • Placed out of developmental English (ENG 090 and ENG 094).

Based on these criteria, you may take a college level math course regardless of the math placement based on your ACCUPLACER score. If you choose to select this option, you should be aware of the following:

  • This placement is good for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters only.
  • Participation is voluntary and the final decision regarding which of the recommended classes to take is yours.
  • These classes may be at a higher level than what is recommended by your ACCUPLACER mathematics placement test score.
  • Since this is a pilot, GCC will collect data on the performance of students who choose this option. All information will be handled in a strictly confidential manner and only reported in the aggregate—there will be no specific information about you and no one will be able to identify you when the results are reported.

Download the Math Pilot Consent Form