Foundational Studies courses at Brookdale are courses specifically developed to prepare adult learners for college level course work. The foundational studies math courses are pre-requisites for math, science, business, culinary, automotive, and other college level courses. Math skills, as well as technical and critical thinking and writing skills, are addressed in our math foundational studies courses.
The Accuplacer is the placement tool that all New Jersey Community Colleges use to determine if students require remediation in Math, Reading or Writing.
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There are two areas of mathematics tested by Accuplacer: Computation (Arithmetic) and Algebra.
- Students who take the Accuplacer will receive a score for Computation and a score for Algebra.
- Scores range from 20 – 120 on each test.
- A Computation score above 70 allows a student to take MATH 021 or MATH 025.
- An Algebra score above 76 allows a student to take MATH 131, MATH 136, MATH 137 or MATH 145.
- An Algebra score above 86 allows a student to take MATH 151. See the Math Department web-page for a description of all our courses.
Students with SAT math scores of at least 530 are waived from taking Accuplacer and can take appropriate college level math.
Foundational Studies Math Courses
MATH 011 – Prealgebra, Part 1
MATH 012 – Prealgebra, Part 2
MATH 015 – Prealgebra
Students have 3 options of delivery for Prealgebra. The Prealgebra course is offered:
- Over two semesters with the MATH 011 and MATH 012 sequence. Each course in this sequence is taught in a classroom where students meet with an instructor twice a week for the full term.
- In one semester in MATH 015, a course that meets in a classroom with an instructor twice a week for the full term.
- In a self-paced format of MATH 015, in which students meet in a computer classroom with an instructor and work at an individual pace with guidance from the instructor and the aid of computer software. Students have the opportunity to complete the course more quickly.
MATH 021 – Introductory Algebra
The textbook for MATH 021 is now available as an Open Educational Resource – downloadable free of charge. Click HERE to download.
MATH 025 – Elementary Algebra
Students have 3 options of delivery for Elementary Algebra. Elementary Algebra is offered as MATH 025:
- In one semester, a course that meets in a classroom with an instructor twice a week for the full term.
- In a hybrid format in one semester, a course that meets in a classroom with an instructor once a week and online once a week for the full term. Assignments are completed both online and on campus.
- In an online format in one semester, a course that has one in-person introductory meeting at the beginning of the semester and the remainder of the course is online. Students take tests in a proctored setting.