THE MATH TEST
You may be required to take one or more of the following tests:
- The Elementary Algebra Test
- The Arithmetic Test
- The College Level Math Test
THE ARITHMETIC TEST
The Arithmetic Test measures your skills in three primary categories. The 17 arithmetic questions are divided into three types:
- Operations with whole numbers and fractions. Topics included in this category are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers and estimating.
- Operations with decimals and percents. Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies and estimating problems are also given.
- Applications and problem solving. Topics include rate, percent, measurement problems, simple geometry problems and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.
THE ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA TEST
- A total of 12 questions, divided into three types, are administered in this test.
- The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values and ordering. These questions test minimal skill levels of the student.
- The second type which involves operations with algebraic expressions tests minimal skill levels using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, as well as adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. At all levels of skill, questions are provided involving multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions and factoring.
- The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities and word problems. This includes solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions and graphing.
THE COLLEGE LEVEL MATHEMATICS (CLM) TEST (OPTIONAL)
Students interested in registering for Math 111, 112, or 122 must request the College Level Mathematics Test
- A total of 20 questions are administered. CLM assesses proficiency in intermediate algebra through precalculus. Questions administered in this test, representing six categories, are as follows:
- Algebraic operations include simplification of rational algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials and manipulating roots and exponents.
- The Solutions of Equations and Inequalities category includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities by factoring, systems of equations, expanding polynomials, manipulating roots and exponents and other algebraic equations.
- The category of Coordinate Geometry presents questions involving plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane and graphs of algebraic functions.
- The Applications and other Algebra Topics category contains complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, factorials and word problems.
- The category of Functions includes questions involving polynomial, algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions.
- The Trigonometry category includes trigonometric functions.
SAMPLE TEST - MATH
- Placement is not determined by your high school grades.
- Placement is determined by how you do on the placement test.
These are arithmetic and algebra review questions for the MATH portion of the Placement Test. You may use a calculator when taking the exam; be sure to bring one with you on the day of the exam.
Arithmetic Review Questions
Algebra Review Question
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The Placement Test is a multiple choice exam in which you are required to answer every question. It is given on a computer. When taking the Placement Test, you cannot return to a previous question, so please make every effort to accurately choose your answers. Proficiency in questions similar to those below will place you into a credit math course. Additionally, there are more advanced questions on the exam which may enable you to enroll in higher level credit math courses.