Math Readiness


Importance of starting with Precalculus, for NAMS and some HLTH majors

Mathematics is the foundation of 21st century science. In order to be admitted to a major in NAMS, students must demonstrate, at a minimum, readiness to take Precalculus. Specifically, in order to declare as an Applied Physics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science, Mathematics, or Sustainability major newly admitted students must earn placement into Precalculus or a higher-level math course. This requirement helps prepare students for introductory first semester NAMS courses, all of these courses have set Precalculus as either a pre-requisite or a co-requisite.

Stockton’s Mathematics Placement System

Stockton uses the following system to place incoming students into an appropriate mathematics course for their first semester. The first cutoff that Stockton uses is the students’ best SAT Math score.

  • Students who score 560 or below on the new SAT Math scale (540 and below on the old scale) or 23 and below on the ACT take the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test and are placed into either Developmental Math, Quantitative Reasoning and Math Workshop, or out of these two courses, based on the results of that test. Students who score well enough on the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra Test will be eligible to take the Accuplacer College Mathematics test in order to refine their math placement. For more information contact Stockton’s First Year Studies Program.
  • Depending upon how students score on the College Mathematics test, they may be eligible to take Intermediate Algebra, Algebraic Problem Solving, Precalculus, or Calculus.
  • Students who score 570 or above on the new SAT Math scale (540 and above on the old scale) are placed based on their SAT score into Precalculus, or Calculus I. Students can challenge that placement by taking the Accuplacer College Mathematics test.
  • Students intending to declare a NAMS major who are placed into Intermediate Algebra or Algebraic Problem Solving can earn placement into Precalculus by completing an Online Algebra Tutorial over the summer before they start at Stockton. Contact Dr. Brad Forrest for more information.
  • Stockton also accepts both dual credit and AP scores for placement into higher level math courses. Specifically, for Precalculus, Calculus I,  and Claculus II, Stockton accepts dual credit earned from a high school that partners with Stockton.

Stockton accepts AP scores 4 and 5 on the Calculus AB test for placement into Calculus II and AP scores 4 and 5 on the Calculus BC test for placement into Calculus III. For further information about dual credit and AP mathematics placement at Stockton contact Dr. Chia-Lin Wu.

Below is an outline of Stockton’s mathematics courses that are aimed at incoming students and a guide showing into which course a student should expect to be placed based on the student’s test scores.


Developmental Math (FRST 1100)

SAT Math Score New SAT: Below 570
  SAT prior to March 2016: Below 550
  ACT: Below 24
  Elementary Algebra Accuplacer: Below 40


Quantitative Reasoning (FRST 1103) and required co-requisite lab
(0 credit-free, FRST 1703)

SAT Math Score New SAT: Below 570
  SAT prior to March 2016: Below 550
  ACT: Below 24
  Elementary Algebra Accuplacer: Below 40-75


Intermediate Algebra (GNM 1126) or Algebraic Problem Solving (FRST/GNM 2310)

SAT Math Score New SAT: Below 570
  SAT prior to March 2016: Below 550
  ACT: Below 24
  Elementary Algebra Accuplacer: 76 or above
a score that also qualifies a student to take the College-Level Math Accuplacer test if the student desires to test into Precalculus or Calculus


Precalculus Mathematics (MATH 1100)

SAT Math Score New SAT: Between 570 and 610
  SAT prior to March 2016: Between 550 and 590
  ACT: Between 24 and 27
  College Algebra Accuplacer: At least 55

Calculus I (MATH 2215)

SAT Math Score New SAT: 620 and above
  SAT prior to March 2016: 600 and above
  ACT: 28 and above
  College Algebra Accuplacer: At least 84

Preparing for the Accuplacer

Accuplacer LogoThe Accuplacer is an adaptive test which means the computer will automatically decide the next question to give you based on your responses to previous questions. This enables the computer to find the individual level of difficulty that is correct for you. Because of the adaptability, you cannot omit any questions or come back to change an answer later. The question is not timed, so you can think about each question thoroughly. If you do not know an answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more answers and make an educated guess to the correct answer.

In order to familiarize yourself with the Accuplacer material, use the links below to review the concepts, watch videos and take practice tests. The amount of time you invest could save you valuable time and money and get you prepared to start your major classes.

The Elementary Algebra and College-Level Math Accuplacer tests are described at the College Board website:

The websites below are specifically designed to help you practice for the Accuplacer.

Elementary Algebra Accuplacer Practice:

Monroe Community College


Taking the Accuplacer

Once you have prepared, please contact The Center for Academic Advising at 609-652-4504 to arrange for a testing date, but please let us know if you need other reasonable accomodations.


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Please note that calculators are not permitted during the Accuplacer exam.