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Math Skills Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Math Skills Program is to assist Pacific students in being successful in all levels of math courses.  This begins with appropriate placement into courses based a student's current level of math knowledge.  We emphasize strong development of the algebra skills needed to be successful in college-level courses, whether they are math courses or others that use math.  We assist students in developing these skills through the tutoring offered in the Math Lab.


Math Placement Information

University of the Pacific students are required to demonstrate competency in quantitative analysis (math). For first-year course placement information, click here.

To satisfy the University's quantitative analysis (math) fundamental skills requirement, a student must score 540 or above on the mathematics level 1 SAT subject test, 520 or above on the mathematics level 2 SAT subject test, pass Pacific's Intermediate Algebra placement test (COMPASS or paper test), successfully complete MATH 5 (Intermediate College Algebra) or MATH 35 (Elementary Statistical Inference) with a grade of C- or higher (or an equivalent course from another college or university with a grade of C or better) during his/her first full year of study including summer sessions. Note: The mathematics section of the SAT test is NOT used for placement purposes. Students must submit the SAT mathematics subject level 1 or 2 test for placement purposes.

To view math placement charts, click here.

Fall 2015 Placement Testing: Math Placement tests are given by Andrew Pitcher in the Math Lab (McCaffrey 134) throughout the semester. You can drop in on the following days. No appointment is required.

• Monday and Friday promptly at 3:30pm

If none of these times work for you, you can contact Lucy Machado-Curran at lmachadocurran@pacific.edu to schedule an appointment at another time.

To view COMPASS sample test questions, click here.



Drop-in tutoring for MATH 1, 3, and 5 is always available during open lab hours in the Math Lab (McCaffrey 134). Drop-in support for other math courses may also be available, so students should feel free to stop by. The following are the open lab hours for the fall 2015 semester: 

• Monday through Thursday 3:00p-9:00p

• Friday 3:00p-5:00p


Contact Us

Andrew Pitcher, M.A.
Math Skills Program
Instructor and Director

Andrew Pitcher has a degree in Mathematics from University of the Pacific and a graduate degree in Mathematics from UC Davis. He is currently working on a doctorate of education at Pacific. His research interests include student success in developmental mathematics and math placement. He has taught developmental math at Pacific since 2003. In this position, he also oversees tutoring in the Math Lab and math placement.

Lucy Machado-Curran
Fundamental Skills & General Tutoring Programs
Administrative Assistant II

Lucy Machado-Curran has worked for the University of the Pacific since 2011. As an Administrative Assistant, she provides administrative support for the General Academic Tutoring Center, the Math Skills Program, and the University Writing Programs. During freshman, transfer, and international student orientations, she coordinates placement testing. In addition to her administrative and placement testing roles, she provides test proctoring services to Pacific students as well as students attending other institutions.


Students with documented disabilities may contact Daniel Nuss at 209.946.2879, www.pacific.edu/disabilities, or ssd@pacific.edu for further assistance.