I brushed up on my decimals, fractions, and percentages before taking the placement test at my community college a few years ago, and I'm not sure if it helped me or hurt me more. I had wished several times that I had taken the general math "refresher" course while struggling through Algebra. If you had time, I would reccomend just "winging it" and just take the test at face value without studying. That way you would really assess what you remember about math operations. You may have to spend your first semester taking remedial math, but you would be well prepared for college algebra the next semester. I jumped straight into Algebra, and had to fight it all the way! I made an "A" in that class, but wanted to throw that dern Algebra book through the wall many times! If you had someone to tutor you during Algebra, you could probably just start there, but a refresher course in general math would be so helpful if you have time. I'm an older student also and my first semester back to college had me taking Algebra and Anatomy and Physiology 1 together! Man, I was racking my brain for sure! Also, if you get that Algebra behind you it will help you with Chemistry (another hassle!). I think the best thing to remember from your remedial math courses would be how to "solve for X". I use cross multiplication all the time to do dosage calculations, and still seems to be the most simple way, at least for me. It works every time, and is easy to set up and remember. I haven't used any "Algebra" since I finished that class two years ago, nor have I used any Chemistry. It seems like a lot of extra stress just to get some of those prerequisites behind you, but it's required in most programs. Good luck, and let us know if we can be of any further help. Be cool, Darby.