Math Diagnostic

Which test should I take?

Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic (IAD) or ALEKS PPL

This test is required for the following classes:

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

Calculus Readiness (CR) or ALEKS PPL

This test is required for:

  • Math 30
  • Chem 1E

IAD/CR Test Information


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

Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic (IAD) and Calculus Readiness (CR) tests are offered at the beginning and end of each semester. Test schedule information is available in the Upcoming Test Dates section below.

Diagnostic tests may be taken only one time during first week of instruction.

Students can register for a diagnostic-based mathematics of statistics course before taking the diagnostic test, but a passing score must be presented to the instructor during the first week of instruction.

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 The diagnostic test must be retaken if the score is no longer valid unless a mathematics or statistics course with an equivalent or higher diagnostic test prerequisite has been taken at Sacramento State within the past two semesters.

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

A proctored ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment score may be used in place of an IAD or CR test score.

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:

Drop-in tutoring is available for lower division math courses in the Math Lab.

Location: BRH 118

Tutoring Hours:
M-Th 9:30am - 12:00pm
(Valid 5/30/17 - 8/17/17)

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 29A
Math 107A
Stat 1
Chem 4
Chem 1A

Calculus Readiness
(CR)

Math 30
Chem 1E

Test Details:

Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic:

The test is 60 minutes long.

The test consists of 45 multiple choice questions.

No calculators are allowed.

Bring your OneCard, your student ID number, and pencil and eraser.

Scantrons and scratch paper will be provided.

Please check the test schedule for test location.

Calculus Readiness:

The test is 90 minutes long.

The test consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

No calculators are allowed.

Bring your OneCard, 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, and a solution manual are available for download (study guide, solution manual).

This guide is used in the IAD reviews held at the beginning of the semester and in the CR reviews held at the end of the semester.

The guide has three sections. The first is a review for the Elementary Algebra with Geometry Diagnostic, a test no longer offered by the department but is useful for review in preparation for the IAD and CR tests. 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.

** IAD review sessions will be held at the beginning of each semester and CR review sessions will be held at the end of each semester. Please check this website in August for schedule updates.

IAD Review Schedule

There are no reviews for the IAD at the end of the Spring semester.

CR Review Schedule

There are no reviews for the CR at the end of the Spring semester.

Upcoming Test Dates:

More tests will be held at the end of the Fall semester. Please check this website in late October 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

Math 29A

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/Math 29A).

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

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

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