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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.


Placement Testing:

Brookdale Community College requires an ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map your strengths and weaknesses. The Placement Assessment is up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete. After the Placement Assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for you to refresh your knowledge on forgotten topics. You then have the opportunity to reassess and improve your placement. For more information about the ALEKS Math Placement Test, please click here.

ALEKS consists of two parts:

  1. An Initial Placement Assessment
  2. The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review

ALEKS score of 30+ waives Foundational courses

0-13 and need READ 091 = MATH 011

0-13 no READ = MATH 015

14-29 = MATH 021 (non-STEM) or MATH  025 (STEM)

30- 100 = MATH 131, 136, 145 (non-STEM)

35-45 = MATH 151 (STEM)

46-60=MATH 152 or 156

61-75= MATH 153

61-100= MATH 176

76-100=MATH 171 (Calculus)


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:

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: