Mathematics is a multifaceted subject of great beauty and application. The study of math explores some of the deepest questions and puzzles that have ever been encountered and equips the student with a universal language used to study quantities and relationships in all fields. Through the study of mathematics, the student develops both the ability to think logically and abstractly as well as the problem-solving and computational skills necessary for success in any field of study.


  • A professional and innovative staff committed to providing the best possible mathematics education, including the use of computers and multimedia presentations in the teaching of mathematics.
  • A comprehensive mathematics curriculum addressing the needs of both the transfer student and the non-transfer student.
  • A math resource center providing free tutoring and alternative models of instruction and support for students.
  • A technology-mediated alternative for students in arithmetic and algebra.

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Math Resource Center

Download the tutoring schedules for Spring 2018

The Math Resource Center (MRC), located in Science and Math 5, offers free tutoring in all levels of mathematics. The MRC is staffed by math instructors and peer tutors. Computers are available for use in the Math Resource Center for students to do homework, view lecture notes, and work on projects.

You must be enrolled in a mathematics class at West Valley College to obtain free tutoring in the Math Resource Center. Tutoring is available on a drop-in basis only. Follow the instructions below to register for free math tutoring in the MRC at West Valley College:

  1. Log into the WVC Portal.
  2. Click on the Student button.
  3. Click on Registration and then click Add or Drop Classes.
  4. Select the current term in the drop-down box and click Submit.
  5. Scroll to the Add Classes Worksheet section.
  6. Enter the current section number for LRSV 110M in the first empty box.
  7. Click Submit Changes.

For more information about the Math Resource Center, please contact Alyson Butcher at (408) 741-2590 or by email Alyson Butcher.

Math tutoring is also available at the Tutorial/Success Center adjacent to the WVC Library.

Math Placement Exam

You should take your placement test seriously. Preparing for the placement test will save you lots of time and money. Remember, your score on the placement test will determine which math class you are eligible to enroll in. Placing in the right courses will help you achieve your education goals faster.

All students who started on or after Fall 2014 must take a placement test before registering for classes. To schedule a placement test, you must have a valid student ID number. Visit the Assessment Office web site for more information on how to schedule your assessment test.

After scheduling your assessment test, make sure you take some time to review the topics that you will be tested on. Below are some free resources to help you prepare for the math placement test at West Valley College.

  • Math Placement Review
    A 10-part video series on preparing for the math placement test. Topics covered include: combining similar terms, exponent rules, binomials, factoring trinomials, solving linear equations, graphing points, finding slope, simplifying radicals, and more.
  • Accuplacer Web-Based Study App
    A web-based study app featuring practice tests in arithmetic, elementary algebra, college-level math, reading comprehension and sentence skills. Focus on the elementary algebra portion to practice for the math placement test.
  • Sample Test Questions
    Test yourself with sample test questions. Download the PDF sample questions file and turn to page 10. Try the 12 problem question set.
last published: 5/22/18