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The Triton College Placement Test: Your success at Triton is our top priority. To help you be successful, Triton requires all incoming credit students to take placement tests before enrolling credit-level courses. The policy ensures that students know their level of proficiency in reading, writing, and math and are aware of the college's recommended path of remediation and support. Triton College uses the COMPASS exam. There is generally no "passing score" but your score indicates the areas in which you are strong and the areas in which you may need help. The COMPASS can identify problems in major subject areas before they disrupt your educational progress, giving you the opportunity to prepare more effectively for needed courses. There are online resources available and practice tests so you can familiarize yourself with testing expectations to ensure you do your best.


Overcoming Math Anxiety: A Webshop

This self-paced, interactive workshop is available to help individuals recognize and conquer math anxiety, to explore new approaches to learning math, and to discover how math experiences in the past may impact an individual’s current math experience. The webshop will guide individuals in adopting new approaches to solving word problems and using formulas, helping reduce math test anxiety, and enhancing retention and problem-solving strategies. An accompanying Overcoming Math Anxiety Participant Notebook is available for printing, and can be used as a tool to document the individual’s webshop experience and activities. This presentation is designed to play on computers, IPads, and some mobile devices.


HOW TO LEARN MATH (Sponsored by Stanford University)



How to Learn Math is a class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.

The course will feature Jo and a team of undergraduates, as well as videos of math in action - in dance, juggling, snowflakes, soccer and many other applications. It is designed with a pedagogy of active engagement.The course will run from May/June to the end of December, 2014.




The College Readiness Courses: A college readiness course is a college class numbered 045 - 096 that prepares you for college-level study but does not award credit toward your degree. 

 Courses include:

MAT 045: Basic Math & Pre-Algebra


Covers the skills necessary to be successful in taking a math class which requires competency in whole numbers, fractions, decimals, order of operations, ratio and proportion, percent topics, measurement, elementary geometry topics, introductory graphical representation, introductory signed number manipulation and an introduction to basic equation solving. Additionally, test-taking skills, reading the mathematics textbook and taking notes in mathematics will be emphasized. Special emphasis will be on processing and solving word problems.


MAT 050 Pre-Algebra


Obtain skills necessary to be successful in future math classes, including competency in fractions, decimals, order of operations, ratio and proportion, percent topics, introductory signed number manipulations, and an introduction to basic equation solving. Special emphasis will be placed on applications of course material. Students may not receive credit for MAT 050 and MAT 045.  



MAT 055: Algebra I & Geometry


This course examines concepts in signed numbers, factoring, equation solving, inequality solving, graphs, parallelism and perpendicularity, congruence and polygons.   


MAT 080: General Education Preparation Math


A non-transferable course that provides opportunities for problem solving. Topics from intermediate algebra necessary to be successful in MAT 101, 102 and 170, which include the real number system, equation solving, modeling with equations and algebraic functions, function concepts, polynomials, factoring, set theory, and elementary logic statements. All topics will provide the necessary foundation for students to engage in mathematical modeling and problem solving.


MAT 085: Algebra II


Examines concepts in functions, relations, graphing, systems of equations, inequalities, polynomials, rational expressions, quadratic equations, right triangles, circles, areas of plane figures and related geometry concepts.  


MAT 096: Algebra I & II


Examines beginning and intermediate level algebra concepts, along with plane geometry in an integrated manner designed to help you effectively understand the concepts. This intensive course is recommended for highly motivated students. 


RHT 085: Introduction to College Reading I


This course covers basic reading comprehension and introduces study skills. Strategies needed for survival in college are stressed.


RHT 086: Introduction to College Reading II


This course covers the development of reading and study skills necessary for comprehending college textbooks. Strategies emphasized are those needed for success in content courses.   


RHT 095: Introduction to College Writing I


Designed to improve basic writing skills, this course emphasizes developing competence in sentence and paragraph construction. Basic grammatical structures are stressed. 


RHT 096: Introduction to College Writing II 


Designed to improve basic writing skills, this course emphasizes increasing competence in writing multi-paragraph essays.










Blue = college readiness courses

Red = college level course