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Accuplacer College-Level Math – Prepare for the Test and Improve Your Score

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Accuplacer College-Level Math – A Short Review

The college-level section of the Accuplacer math test consists of 20 questions which measure your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematical concepts. These questions evaluate your knowledge in five areas:

Algebraic operations:

  • polynomials
  • powers
  • roots
  • radicals
  • absolute value
  • simplification and operations with algebraic fractions and expressions
  • factoring quadratic expressions

Equations and inequalities: 

  • linear
  • quadratic
  • exponential
  • other algebraic equations and inequalities

Coordinate geometry: 

  • the coordinate plane
  • straight lines
  • conics
  • locus of points
  • graphs of algebraic functions


  • translating verbal problems
  • complex numbers
  • series and sequences
  • determinants
  • permutations and combinations
  • fractions and polygons


  • exponents and logarithms including computations with functions and graphical properties
  • periodicity, amplitude, and other properties 


  • trigonometric functions, identities, equations and inequalities
  • laws of sine and cosine
  • graphs of trigonometric functions

Discover what your college-level math score means and learn how to improve it, or find out more about the arithmetic and elementary algebra sections of the test.

At TestPrep-Online we offer you the Accuplacer Math Kit, which includes a study guide, three levels of sample questions, and full practice tests. To enhance your studying process, each question is followed by a detailed solution which allows you to see what your stregths are and to learn which concepts you need to improve.

Accuplacer College-Level Math Sample Questions

Level 1

The inequality  is equivalent to which of the following?


The correct answer is B.
In order to solve this inequality, open the parentheses and simplify:

The inequality  is equivalent to ; therefore, the correct answer is
If you chose answer
A, check your calculations. If you chose answer C, you probably reversed the inequality sign instead of following the rules (only reverse the inequality sign when you multiply or divide by a negative number). If you chose answers D or E, you probably divided by  instead of .

Level 2

What is the value of  in the equation ?

B. 3
C. 7
D. 10
E. 100

The correct answer is E.
In order to solve this problem, apply these logarithm rules:

Method A:

Note that , thus:

Use  and find

Method B:

Note that , thus:

From the calculations ; therefore, the correct answer is
If you chose any other answer, review your calculations and logarithm rules.

Level 3

Every Monday morning Brandon receives $400 for the chores he did the week before. Each week he spends between $300 and $460. If Brandon has $200 on Sunday evening, how much will he have three weeks later?

A.$0 - $420
B.$0 - $500
C.$20 - $420
D.$20 - $500
E.$420 - $500

The correct answer is D.
The answer is a range; therefore, find the maximum and minimum amount of money Brandon may have three weeks later.
In order for Brandon to have the maximum amount, he needs to spend as less as possible, the minimum amount - $300.
On Sunday evening he had $200.
Per week: Brandon receives $400 and spends $300:
Three weeks later: , the maximum amount is $500.
In order for Brandon to have the minimum amount, he needs to spend as much as possible, the maximum amount - $460.
On Sunday evening he had $200.
Per week: Brandon receives $400 and spends $460:
Three weeks later: , the minimum amount is $20.
The maximum amount Brandon may have three weeks later is $500 and the minimum is $20; therefore, the correct answer is D.
If you chose any other answer, review you calculations.

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