INFORMATION FOR COLLEGE LEVEL ASSESSMENT

1. Students will be given the Math Placement Survey. On the basis of the answers to the survey, the student will be given the opportunity to take the College Level Math Placement Test.

2. A student may retake the Placement Test only once. It must be retaken after 10 working days of the first time the test was taken.

3. Students MAY NOT:

a). Take the placement test after having completed a math class at Whatcom.

b). Take the placement test as an attempt to place in the next course after having failed to achieve a grade of C or better in MATH& 107, MATH 121,MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH 145, MATH& 146, or MATH& 151.

c). Use the Placement Test as a Course Challenge.

4. There are two parts to this test: Part one is Precalculus. Students will have 60 minutes to complete 37 questions. If a student's results make them eligible to take Math 142, they have the option to take an additional 30 minute Calculus test. Students will have 30 minutes to complete 13 questions. See placement levels below.

5. The test will be available in the testing center. Students should be instructed to contact the testing center regarding dates and times the testing center is open.

6. **NO CALCULATOR will be allowed on this exam.**

7. Upon completion of the exam, all scratch paper and score sheets will be collected from the student

**To be successful on the College Level Math Placement Test, the student should be competent in:**

- Function notation
- Evaluating Functions
- Working with the inverse of a function
- Use of Completing the Square to rewrite an expression in Standard Form
- Solutions of quadratic equations (real and complex)
- Solutions of quadratic inequalities
- Solutions of third degree equations
- Solutions of power/exponential functions
- Solutions of logarithmic equations
- Evaluating logarithmic expressions
- Use of logarithmic laws/properties
- Ascertaining transformations of functions
- Determining the domain and/or range of a function
- Working with Exponential Functions and their Application
- Working with Complex Numbers
- Function Composition
- Identification of centers and/or foci of conics
- Use of Division and Remainder Algorithm
- Working with Asymptotes of Rational Functions
- Working with Matrices
- Factoring over real and complex numbers
- Algebraic Solutions of Systems of Equations
- Determining the Slope between two points on a curve using function notation.
- Simplifying Radical Expressions

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**You must have a score of 27-37 to be eligible to take the Calculus Test. This test is optional and is an additional 30 minutes.**

To be successful on the MATH& 151 placement test, the student should be competent in:

- Definition of Trigonometric Functions
- Solutions of trigonometric functions
- Evaluating Trigonometric Functions without a Calculator
- Knowledge of Pythagorean and of double angle identities
- Evaluation of a function using a table
- Inverse Trigonometric Relationships
- The Period and Amplitude of a trigonometric function
- Application of trigonometry

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**Recommended texts to study for the College Level Math Placement Test:**

- Precalculus: Mathematics for Calculus, 7th edition by Stewart, Redlin, and Watson
- Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 7th edition by James Stewart

**Precalculus Placement: **
- Below 16 - Take MATH 98 and 99 Placement Test
- 16-26 - MATH& 107, MATH 121, MATH& 141, MATH 145, or MATH& 146
- 27-37 - MATH& 142

**Calculus Placement:**

- 0-8 - MATH& 142
- 9-13 - MATH& 151