Math Assessment Study Guides

Prepare for The Math assessments

We strongly recommend that you carefully study the math portion of the Accuplacer Sample Questions and the study guides below before taking the math assessments. The assessment measures your current skill level in math to determine your math placement.


Sample questions and study guides:

The math assessment consists of three possible section depending on your current skill level. The possible sections are arithmetic, elementary algebra and college-level mathematics.


Arithmetic assessment

There are 17 questions in the Arithmetic section covering three content areas:

  • 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 problems involving estimation are also given.
  • Applications and problem solving: topics include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

Elementary Algebra assessment

There are 12 questions in the Elementary Algebra section covering three content areas:

  • 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.
  • A second type involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions involve 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, word problems. solving linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

college-level mathematics assessment

There are 20 questions in the College-Level Mathematics section covering six content areas:

  • The algebraic operations content area includes the simplification of retional algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • The solutions of equations and inequalities content area includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequlalities, systems of equations and other algebraic equations.
  • The coordinate geometry content area presents questions involving plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • The functions content area includes questions involving polynomial, algebraic, exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • The trigonometry content area includes trigonometric functions.
  • The applications and other algebra topics content area contains complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and comninations, factorials and word problems.