# Preparing for the Math Placement Test

When testing at COCC with Accuplacer, you will begin with the Elementary Algebra section of the math test. Based on your score, either your test will end or you will test with Arithmetic or College Level Math. It is important that you do your best when answering each question, however, do not be concerned if you do not know some of the material. This test is designed to place you in the appropriate math course.

**Elementary Algebra**

The Elementary Algebra test, comprised of 12 questions, measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts.

- Operations with integers and rational numbers
- What is an integer?
- What are rational numbers?
- Computation with integers and negative rationals
- Absolute values
- Ordering

- Operations with algebraic expressions
- What are algebraic expressions?
- Simple formulas and expressions
- Adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials
- Multiplying and dividing monomials
- Multiplying and dividing polynomials
- Evaluating positive square roots and exponents
- Simplifying algebraic fractions
- Factoring

- The solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems

**Arithmetic**

There are 17 questions on the arithmetic test. The Arithmetic test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.

- Operations with whole numbers and fractions
- What are fractions?
- What are whole numbers?
- Addition, Subtraction
- Multiplication, Division
- Equivalent fractions
- Mixed numbers

- Operations with decimals and percentages
- What are decimals?
- What are percentages?
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Fractions and percent equivalencies
- Fractions and decimal equivalencies

- Applications and problem solving
- Rate, percent, and measurement
- Simple geometry problems
- Distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts

**College Level Math**

The College-Level Math test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts.

- Algebraic Operations
- Simplifying rational algebraic expressions
- Factoring
- Expanding polynomials
- Manipulating roots and exponents

- Solutions of Equations and Inequalities

- Solutions of linear and quadratic equations
- Solution of linear and quadratic inequalities
- Equation systems

- Coordinate Geometry
- Plane geometry
- Coordinate plane
- Straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane
- Graphs of algebraic functions

- Applications and other algebra topics
- Functions and trigonometry
- Polynomials
- Exponential functions
- Logarithmic functions
- Trigonometric functions - sines, cosines
- Algebraic functions