precalculus_fact_sheet - CLEP Precalculus: At a Glance...

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CLEP ® Precalculus: At a Glance 1 Description of the Examination Te CLEP® Precalculus examination assesses student mastery of skills and concepts required for success in a first-semester calculus course. A large portion of the exam is devoted to testing a student’s understanding of functions and their properties. Many of the questions test a student’s knowledge of specific properties of the following types of functions: linear, quadratic, absolute value, square root, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric and piecewise defined. Questions on the exam will present these types of functions symbolically, graphically, verbally or in tabular form. A solid understanding of these types of functions is at the core of all precalculus courses, and it is a prerequisite for enrolling in calculus and other college-level mathematics courses. A graphing calculator, which is integrated into the exam soFware, is available to students only during Section 1 of the exam. Students are expected to know how and when to make use of it. Te graphing calculator, together with a brief tutorial, is available to students as a free download for a 30-day trial period. Students are expected to become familiar with its functionality prior to taking the exam. ±or more information about downloading the practice version of the graphing calculator, please visit the Precalculus exam description on the CLEP website, . Te examination contains approximately 48 questions, in two sections, to be answered in 90 minutes. • Section 1: 25 questions, 50 minutes. Te use of an online graphing calculator (non-CAS) is allowed for this section. Only some of the questions will require the use of the calculator. • Section 2: 23 questions, 40 minutes. No calculator is allowed for this section. Although most of the questions on the exam are multiple choice, there are some questions that require students to enter a numerical answer. Knowledge and Skills Required Questions on the examination require candidates to demonstrate the following abilities: • Recalling factual knowledge and/or performing routine mathematical manipulation • Solving problems that demonstrate comprehension of mathematical ideas and/or concepts • Solving nonroutine problems or problems that require insight, ingenuity or higher mental processes Te subject matter of the Precalculus examination is drawn from the following topics. Te percentages next to the topics indicate the approximate percentage of exam questions on that topic.
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2011 for the course MATH 1113 taught by Professor Sills during the Summer '11 term at Montgomery College.

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precalculus_fact_sheet - CLEP Precalculus: At a Glance...

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