WHICH MATH CLASS TO TAKE AT FULLERTON COLLEGE

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The process to determine which math class you should take at Fullerton College depends on many factors, but the three most important are:

The Placement Test

All freshman students entering the college without prior college experience are required to take the assessment test for placement into English/ESL, Math and Reading classes. The Mathematics section of the Compass test is adaptive. The test responds to feedback it receives from the student and finds the appropriate level of math for the student. If a student answers questions correctly they are given more difficult items. If the students begins to answer questions incorrectly, the computer will generate less difficult items until the appropriate level is reached. The range of skills measured by the Mathematics section of Compass ranges from pre-algebra through college algebra. Following is a breakdown of the kinds of mathematics items assessed by Compass. The Assessment Center is located in room 513-0 and the hours of operation can be found by accessing their website.

Once you have completed the Placement test, you may wish to look over the material you will be discussing in our courses to be sure you feel comfortable.  Below are some sample questions from three of our basic skills courses.  If you think the material looks too easy or too hard, or if you have any questions about your placement, you may want to consult a Counselor:

Transferring to Fullerton College

If you are transferring to Fullerton College from another college and have previously completed an English/ESL, Math or Reading class you should schedule an appointment with a Fullerton College Counselor to determine if you will need to take an Assessment Test. You can call the Counseling Office 992-7010. When you meet with a Counselor, you will need to bring high school and/or college transcripts. The Counselor will work with you to place you at the appropriate level.

Your Educational Goal

Once you have completed (or tested higher than) MATH 40, you will need to choose which transfer-level math class you wish to take. Fullerton College offers a range of “100-level” courses, and your educational goal will determine which one(s) to take. The following is a simplified list of options. In all cases, you should work with the Counseling Dept. and/or the Transfer Center to ensure that you take the correct transfer-level course for your major and for the school you plan to transfer to.

General Educational Goal Transfer-level Course(s)
BUSINESS MATH 129, 130
MATH, SCIENCE, ENGINEERING MATH 141, 142, 150A, 150B
SOCIAL SCIENCES, LIBERAL STUDIES MATH 100 and/or MATH 120
TEACHER PREP MATH 100, MATH 203
FINE ARTS, HUMANITIES MATH 100


The Counseling Department has created Major Guide Sheets to assist you in determining the courses to take in order to transfer with a particular major to a particular 4-year University.