Math Placement Testing

Students’ placement in most math classes is contingent upon passing a placement test. ATDP administers placement tests in Tolman Hall on May 19, beginning promptly at 1:45 PM. Please plan to arrive early to give yourself time to find your testing location. Some instructors may allow non-graphing calculators, so you may wish to bring one with you.




Getting to Tolman Hall

Tolman Hall is located near the northwest corner of campus, at the intersection of Hearst Avenue and Arch Street. Street parking can be challenging near campus, and we encourage families to use public transit if possible. Berkeley’s Parking and Transportation office also maintains comprehensive visitor parking information.

Driving to Tolman from Interstate 80 (Northbound or Southbound)
  • Take the University Avenue exit and proceed eastward about 3 miles (toward the hills) until you reach the western edge of campus, at Oxford Street.
  • Turn left (heading north) on Oxford and change to the rightmost lane.
  • Two blocks further, turn right (heading east) onto Hearst Avenue. This is the northwest perimeter of the contiguous university campus.
  • Tolman Hall is the third building on the right, at the traffic light at the intersection of Hearst, Arch, and LeConte.
Driving to Tolman from State Route 24 (Westbound)
  • Take the Highway 13 North exit shortly after exiting the Caldecott Tunnel. Proceed along Highway 13 (it turns into Ashby Ave.) until you reach Shattuck Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Shattuck (heading north) and proceed until you reach Hearst Avenue.
  • Turn right onto Hearst Avenue. You will pass a construction site and Oxford Street before arriving at the northern perimeter of the contiguous university campus.
  • Tolman Hall is the third building on the right, at the traffic light at the intersection of Hearst, Arch, and LeConte.

Once you’ve arrived at Tolman Hall, enter the east wing (Graduate School of Education) at either the first or second floor. You will see classroom assignment maps posted near the doors.


Finding your testing location

Testing classrooms are assigned by instructor, and will be located on the second through fifth floors of Tolman Hall. Classroom locations and maps are below and will be posted in Tolman Hall’s lobbies.

Map of testing room locations
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SD3840: Foundations of Algebra (Benedetti) – 2326*

SD3841: Algebra I (Gillingham) – 2320

SD3843.1: Geometry (AM) (Henri) – 3507

SD3843.2: Geometry (PM) (Henri) – 3515

SD3846: Algebra II/Trigonometry (Jaw) – 4635

SD3837: Web Development (McDonald & Pierce) – 2319**

* The Foundations of Algebra test is diagnostic only and will not affect course placement.

** The Web Development test is required only for students who have not completed the course prerequisites through ATDP. (These students should have received a notice in their admissions packet.)

There is no test for students in Applied Mathematics or AP Statistics.


What if I can’t attend on May 19?

If you do not take the placement exam, you will not be allowed to take the math class you are enrolled in at ATDP this summer. This page will be updated after May 19 with make-up dates, once we know exactly which students still need to test.


What if I don’t pass the test?

The test measures your readiness for (and not your current knowledge of) the math course you requested. For most students, your score will confirm that the original placement was correct. In the past, a large majority of students have received passing scores.

However, if your score is low, we may need to find a more appropriate course placement for you. Students whose test results indicate inadequate preparation for a very accelerated math course cannot take that course at ATDP, but we will gladly work with them to place them in an alternative course.


When will I know the results?

ATDP will mail home placement test decisions before the end of May. You may also access your result via your online account menu.


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