Scores of 40 or less (< 20th percentile)

Students should take the Elementary Algebra Test before a placement decision is
finalized.

Scores of 41 to 62 (20th - 50th percentile)

Student can

• identify common factors,

• factor binomial and trinomials,

• manipulate factors to simple complex fractions.

Recommended Placement: Student should take the Elementary Algebra test for more information. Possible placement into Intermediate Algebra.

Scores of 63 to 85 (50th - 80th Percentile)

Student can

• work with algebraic expressions involving real number
exponents,

• factor polynomial expressions,

• simplify and perform arithmetic operations with rational expressions including
complex fractions,

• solve and graph linear equations and inequalities,

• solve absolute value equations,

• solve quadratic equations by factoring,

• graph parabolas,

• have a basic understanding of function notation,

• have a rudimentary understanding of coordinate geometry and trigonometry.

Recommended Placement: College Algebra or course preceding calculus.

Scores of 86 to 102 (80th - 90th Percentile)

Student can

• understand polynomial functions,

• evaluate and simplify expressions involving functional notation,

• solve simple equations involving trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential
functions.

Recommended Placement: Pre-calculus or a non-rigorous course in beginning calculus.

Scores of 103 to 120 (90th - 100th Percentile)

Student can

• solve equations with complex numbers,

• can interrelate the concepts of exponents and logarithms,

• can manipulate logarithms and exponents,

• understand trig functions and their inverses,

• can solve trig equations,

• manipulate trig identities,

• solve right-triangle problems,

• recognize graphic properties of functions.

Recommended Placement: Calculus I