CLEP College Algebra Exam Guide

CLEP College Algebra Exam Guide - 18th Edition College...

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© 2006 The College Board. All rights reserved. College Board, College-Level Examination Program, CLEP, and the acorn logo are registered trademarks of the College Board. College Algebra 18th Edition The materials in these fi les are intended for personal use by students preparing for a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP ® ) examination. These materials are owned and copyrighted by the College Board. All copyright notices must remain intact. Violations of this policy may be subject to legal action, including but not limited to, payment for each guide that is disseminated unlawfully and associated damages. Visit our website at for the most up-to-date information.
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1 College Algebra Description of the Examination The College Algebra examination covers material that is usually taught in a one-semester college course in algebra. Nearly half of the test is made up of routine problems requiring basic algebraic skills; the remainder involves solving nonroutine problems in which candidates must demonstrate their understanding of concepts. The test includes questions on basic algebraic operations; linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and graphs; algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; and miscellaneous other topics. It is assumed that candidates are familiar with currently taught algebraic vocabulary, symbols, and notation. The test places little emphasis on arithmetic calculations, and it does not contain any questions that require the use of a calculator. However, an online scientifi c calculator (nongraphing) will be available during the examination. The examination contains approximately 60 ques- tions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. Any time candidates spend on tutorials and providing personal information is in addition to the actual testing time. Knowledge and Skills Required Questions on the College Algebra examination require candidates to demonstrate the following abilities in the approximate proportions indicated: • Solving routine, straightforward problems (about 50 percent of the examination) • Solving nonroutine problems requiring an understanding of concepts and the application of skills and concepts (about 50 percent of the examination) The subject matter of the College Algebra examina- tion is drawn from the following topics. The percent- ages next to the main topics indicate the approximate percentages of exam questions on those topics. 25% Algebraic operations Factoring and expanding polynomials Operations with algebraic expressions Operations with exponents Properties of logarithms 25% Equations and inequalities Linear equations and inequalities Quadratic equations and inequalities Absolute value equations and inequalities Systems of equations and inequalities Exponential and logarithmic equations 30% Functions and their properties* De nition and interpretation Representation/modeling (graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal representations of functions) Domain and range
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