The college I'm going to wont let you take pre-calc unless you either pay for and pass their own math assessment test, or take a basic algebra class 1st.

I studied for and took the SAT over a year ago and got an average score on the math portion, but when I recently took the school's math assessment practice test, I failed it. It was the same math that was tested on the SAT, but I forgot a lot of it. (& they won't accept SAT math scores in replacement of their test)

I can self-study for the math again for their assessment test and will probably pass, or I can take the basic algebra class instead.

I'm just wondering if it'll look better on my application if I skip the algebra class and have my 1st math class as pre-calc, or if it won't really matter as long as I have all the upper-level math courses later on?