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The Accuplacer Math Placement test will determine if you are Algebra Ready, Pre-Calculus Ready or Calculus Ready to ensure appropriate placement in math courses for your intended program of study. The Math Placement Test is particularly important for students planning to major in Engineering or the Sciences, which have calculus as a core requirement in the degree curriculum.

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All students, regardless of major, must complete at least one mathematics course, as a University Studies requirement to graduate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

All students, regardless of major, will take the Elementary Algebra Accuplacer exam. Students entering a major which requires enrollment in Calculus or higher, will take both the Elementary Algebra and College Level Math tests.

In order to help you prepare for the exam, you can review the information and sample questions for each exam below.

Elementary Algebra exam

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

  • Operations with integers and rational numbers: topics include computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • Operations with algebraic expressions: topics include the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
  • Solution of equations, inequalities, word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities, solving 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.

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College Level Math exam

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

  • Algebraic operations:topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities: topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry: topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics: topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions and word problems.
  • Functions and trigonometry: topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

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