# What Types of Math Problems Are on the College Placement Test? ••• Jupiterimages, Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

The math college placement tests are university-specific exams required by colleges aside from SAT or ACT tests. The math problems you will find in the college placement test fall into three main categories: arithmetic, algebra and advanced algebra. The problems range from simple addition and subtraction operations to solving logarithmic functions and quadratic equations. This test aims to cover the overall math knowledge a student should be acquainted with after graduating high school. The test, however, is not necessarily used as an admission requirement by colleges, but to determine the appropriate math level placement for students entering college.

## General

The math college placement test is typically administrated by the college or university that requires it or via Accuplacer. Accuplacer is a computer-based exam developed by the College Board that is used in various educational institutions in the United States. The scoring system used for the math college placement test differs from the score criteria used in the SAT or ACT tests. The math portion of the college placement test sets specific scoring criteria to determine students' placement in math courses and each might vary from college to college. It is recommended for students to contact the college admissions department to find specific details about the test.

## Arithmetic

Arithmetic problems are the first you will find in the test. The first two portions of this section include questions and world problems related to adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and whole numbers, estimating and solving percent problems and division of decimals. The third portion includes solving problems related to basic geometry, measurements, rate and distribution of quantities into fractional parts. Examples of questions in this section include: "A football team played 60 games this season and lost 30 percent of them. How many games did the team win?" "Find 6 to the third power," "What percent of 20 is 25?" and "A man owed \$2,467 on his car. After making 36 payments of \$68 each, how much does he have left to be paid?"

## Elementary Algebra

The problems presented in the second section will test your knowledge of elementary algebra. The first two portions of this section involve operations with rational numbers, absolute values, basic algebraic expressions, monomials, polynomials and evaluation of exponents and positive rational roots. Examples of problems you will find in this section are: "Simplify (5 - 6) - (14 - 19 + 3)," "What is |-25 |?" Solve for x: 2x - y = (3/4)x + 6" and "Factor 6y(x - 6) -4(x - 6)." This section of the test is computer-based, presented in multiple-choice format and consists of a total of 12 questions.