The Math portion of Accuplacer online consists
of three sections: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College Level Math.
Background questions at the beginning of the test will assess your previous
experiences with math. Your answer will determine which section you begin with.
For example, if you begin with the Elementary Algebra section, one of two
things will happen after you’ve answered the 12 questions:
 The test will finish and you will see a results page with your math results,
or
 The test will direct you to the College Level Math section or to the
Arithmetic section.
Keep in mind, your selection of major at the beginning of the test does not
affect your math placement.
Arithmetic (17 questions)
This section measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and
to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. The questions
come in three types:
 Operations with whole numbers and fractions: Addition, subtraction,
multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers,
and estimating.
 Operations with decimals and percents: Addition, subtraction,
multiplication, and division with decimals; percent; recognition of
decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and estimating.
 Applications and problem solving: Rate, percent, and measurement;
simple geometry, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional
parts.
Elementary Algebra (12 questions)
This section measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and
to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts. The questions come
in three types:
Operations with integers and rational numbers: Computation with integers and
negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
 Operations with algebraic expressions: Evaluation of simple formulas
and expressions; addition, subtraction, multiplying and dividing
monomials and polynomials; evaluating positive rational roots and
exponents; simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
 Solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems: Linear
equations and inequalities; quadratic equations by factoring; verbal
problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric
reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into
algebraic expressions.
College Level (20 questions)
This section measures your ability to solve problems that involve
collegelevel mathematics concepts starting with intermediate algebra through
precalculus.
There are six different types of questions:
 Algebraic Operations: Simplifying rational algebraic expressions; factoring
and expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
 Solutions of Equations and Inequalities: Linear and quadratic
equations and inequalities; systems of equations, and other algebraic
equations.
 Coordinate Geometry: Plane geometry; the coordinate plane; straight
lines; conics; sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic
functions.
 Applications and other Algebra Topics: Complex numbers, series and
sequences; determinants, permutations and combinations; factorials, and
word problems.
 Functions: Polynomial; algebraic; exponential, and logarithmic
functions.
 Trigonometric functions
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