Getting Your Math Placement

The guided self-placement tool for Math was created by De Anza's Math instructors to help you determine which Math course is the right starting place for you. It's intended for students who aren't able to get a placement based on their recent U.S. high school transcript.

There is no “pass” or “fail” in this self-assessment. It is designed to measure your current knowledge and understanding of Math. The results will help you get the right level of instruction to succeed in the classes you need for your major and academic goals. 

Upon completion of your self-assessment, you will be placed into one or more transfer-level Math courses in De Anza's Math course sequence.

Learn Your Options!

Use our Online Explainer to learn more about how your placement is determined and what options you'll want to consider. Then talk with your counselor about choosing the right courses for your goals.

How it works

The self-assessment is a computerized, survey-like tool that will guide you through several modules. These are designed to help you

  • Determine your confidence level when asked to review course descriptions
  • Think about your comfort level when asked to review sample assignments
  • Reflect about your familiarity with major course concepts

Depending on your major of study, you may need to take one or more of the math courses that you are placed into.

  • For Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majors, this assessment will determine which level of math you should start with in the Precalculus series (MATH 31 and 32) and if you'd benefit from support, or if you're ready for MATH 1A: Calculus.
  • For Liberal Arts and Humanities majors, this assessment will determine if you'd benefit from support when taking MATH 10: Statistics.

Once you receive your results, ask your counselor for help to choose the right math course(s) for your educational goal and major.

Online Math GSP

How to Prepare

Read the Math GSP Online Overview.

Please use our online contact form to submit your full name, CWID and request to take the math assessment online.

  • If eligible, you'll be provided with instructions on how to access the math assessment which is offered though Canvas.
  • Once you are enrolled in the Canvas Math assessment, you will have 2 business days to submit your responses.

Within 2 - 3 business days your assessment results will be processed and you'll receive a placement in the math course sequence. You will be notified within via email when your results have been posted on your MyPortal account.

In-Person Math GSP


This service has been suspended due to the campus closure.


How to Prepare

Read the Math GSP Overview.

You'll also need to make an appointment for the assessment.

  • Once you make the appointment, you will receive an email with directions to the Assessment Lab. We're located in Room 146 of the Registration & Student Services (RSS) Building. The lab entrance faces Parking Lot 1 on the Stevens Creek Boulevard side of campus. 

On the day of your appointment:

  • Bring a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or school ID, to show when you arrive.
  • Know your MyPortal password.
  • Bring a few pencils.
  • We'll provide scratch paper.

Within 2 - 3 business days your assessment results will be processed and you'll receive a placement in the math course sequence.

Repeating the Math Assessment

  • After you complete the self-assessment, you may repeat the process once within six months of receiving your placement.
  • You can enroll in classes based on the placement that results from either your first or second assessment.
  • However, you're not allowed to repeat the self-assessment if you have earned a grade of D, F, NP or I grade in any course that's part of the Math sequence.
  • Your assessment results do not expire. If you want to try the self-assessment again after the six month window is past, you should contact the Assessment Center and provide your full name and CWID, or student identification number. 

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