Students are required to take a Math Assessment prior to enrolling in classes with math prerequisites. The Math Assessment can be taken twice per calendar year. There are no fees involved in taking the assessment.

Students are advised to reassess for math after 18 months if their initial assessment was taken at Cuesta College and no math courses have been taken. (See recency policy for submitting EAP or test scores from other California Community Colleges.)

Testing Calendar Testing Calendar (Times shown are walk-in hours)

Alternatives to taking the Math Assessment

The Test
Cuesta College uses a computerized test called Accuplacer to administer the math assessment. The test is not timed, so you can take as long as you need. Calculators are not permitted. 

View Sample Questions

Submit a final official (sealed) copy of your high school transcript:

Cuesta College Records Office
P.O. Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106

Come Prepared

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Provide your Cuesta ID number
  • A daily parking permit ($2) is required at the San Luis Obispo and North County Campuses during the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions.


How can I prepare for the test?
Click here for resources 

Appeal Process
Students wishing to appeal their Math placement results may do so by completing Prerequisite Challenge Form B and by meeting with the Mathematics Division Chair. 


View the Math retake policy


I Took my Placement Tests, What Now? (PDF)