Diagnostic Testing

Math Diagnostic Exams Information


Many lower division courses have a diagnostic test prerequisite. A list of courses is provided below.

Diagnostic tests are offered at the beginning of each semester, throught the first friday of instruction. Please check this website a few weeks before instruction begins for the testing schedules. Tests are also offered at the end of the semester. Please check this website after the 10th week of instruction for the testing schedule.

Test scores are not available online. During the semester, test scores are available in the Math Lab, BRH 118, the academic day after the test is taken.

Test scores are valid for two semesters. The test must be retaken if the score is no longer valid and a mathematics course with an equivalent or higher diagnostic test prerequisite is not taken at Sacramento State.

A grade of "C-" or higher in a course with an equivalent or higher diagnostic test prerequisite taken through the math department at Sacramento State can be used in place of a diagnostic test score for two semesters from the end of the course.

A valid Caluclus Readiness (CR) test score can be used in place of an Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic (IAD) test score.

Mathematics and statistics courses with diagnostic test prerequisites can be registered before the test is taken, however, a passing test score must be presented to the instructor by the first class meeting of the second week of instruction.

Diagnostic testing is coordinated by Barbara Morris. She is available during the semester in the Math Lab, BRH 118, and by email at morrisb@csus.edu.

Math Lab Information:

Location: BRH 118

Tutoring Hours:
(6/1/15 - 8/20/15)
M-Th 9:30am - 11:30am

Test scores are not available online. During the semester, test scores are available in the Math Lab, BRH 118, the academic day after the test is taken.

What test to take:

Diagnostic Test Courses

Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic
(IAD)

Math 9
Math 11
Math 17
Math 24
Math 26A
Math 29
Math 107A
Stat 1
Chem 4
Chem 1A

Calculus Readiness
(CR)

Math 30

Test Details:

Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic:

The test is held in the Math Lab, BRH 118.

The test is 60 minutes long.

The test consists of 45 multiple choice questions.

No calculators are allowed.

Bring a photo ID, your student ID number, and pencil and eraser.

Scantrons and scratch paper will be provided.

Calculus Readiness:

The test is 90 minutes long.

The test consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

No calculators are allowed.

Bring a photo ID, your student ID number, and pencil and eraser.

Scantrons and scratch paper will be provided.

How to study for the test:

Study Guide:

A study guide called Mathematics Diagnostic Tests: Descriptions, Sample Tests and Study Guides is available for download (study guide).

The guide has three sections. The first is a review for the Elementary Geometry and Algebra Diagnostic, a test no longer offered by the department. The second and third sections are reviews for the Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic and Calculus Readiness tests.

Hard copies of the study guide are available at the Hornet Bookstore textbook section, on the second floor. The bookstore also sells a solutions manual for the IAD sample test in the guide.

IAD Practice Tests:

Three IAD practice tests are available below. Each consists of 45 multiple choice questions and an answer key. These are not the same as the test in the study guide.

Form A Form B Form C

CR Practice Test:

A practice test developed by the California Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project is available here (CR practice test).

Review Sessions:

The review sessions use the Mathematics Diagnostic Tests: Descriptions, Sample Tests and Study Guide (study guide).

The sessions are 1.5 hours long, in question/answer format.

Signups are not required for the review sessions.

** Review sessions will be held at the beginning of the Fall semester. Please check this website in August for schedule updates.

Upcoming Test Dates:

The next tests will be held at the beginning of the Fall semester. Please check this website in August for schedule updates.

Test Score Result Information:

Scores in the "Advisory Qualification" range will satisfy course prerequisites. The score indicates that some review is necessary.

Diagnostic Test Course Action Based on Test Score

Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic
(IAD)

Math 9

If your score is 8 or less, take MLSK 7A/B or MLSK 10.

If your score is 9 to 13, advisory qualification for Math 9.

If your score is 14 to 26, qualifies to stay in Math 9.

Math 11

If your score is 8 or less, take MLSK7A/B or MLSK10.

If your score is 9 to 19, take Math 9.

If your score is 20 to 26, qualifies to take Math 11.

Math 17

Math 107A

If your score is 8 or less, take MLSK7A/B or MLSK10.

If your score is 9 to 19, take Math 9.

If your score is 20 to 23, qualifies to take Math 9 or Math 11.

If your score is 24 to 28, advisory qualification for Math 17 or Math 107A.

If your score is 29 or more, qualifies for Math 17 or Math 107A.

Math 24

Math 26A

Math 29

Stat 1

If your score is 8 or less, take MLSK7A/B or MLSK10.

If your score is 9 to 19, take Math 9.

If your score is 20 to 26, qualifies to take Math 9 or Math 11.

If your score is 27 to 31, advisory qualification for the course.

If your score is 32 or more, qualifies for the course

Calculus Readiness
(CR)

Math 30

If your score is 19 or less, take Math 9.

If your score is 20 to 26, take Math 11.

If your score is 27 to 31, advisory qualification for Precalculus (Math 29).

If your score is 32 to 35, qualifies for Math 29.

If your score is 36 to 40, advisory qualification for Math 30.

If your score is 41 of more, qualifies for Math 30.