College Level: Math 121,125, 141,142,145, or Math 151
Information about the College Level Mathematics Assessment: Math 121,125, 141 (formerly 130), 142 (formerly 131), 145 (formerly 155) and 151 (formerly 200) Placement Test
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 Math 121, 125,141,142,145, 151 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 121,125,141,142,145,151.
c). Use the Placement Test as a Course Challenge.
4. There are two parts to this test: Part one is Pre-Calculus. 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 tests. 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 Scan-tron cards will be collected from the student
To be successful on the Math 121,125,141,142,145 placement test, the student should be competent in:
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
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
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
Recommended text to study for Math 121,125,141,142,145,151 Placement Test:
Ronald E. Larson, Robert P. Hostetler, and Bruce H. Edwards
Precalculus with Limits: A Graphing Approach , 5th. Edition
Houghton Mifflin Company (2008)
Math 121,125,141,142,145 Placement Scores
Score for Pre-Calculus and Placement
Below 16 Take Math 98, 99 Placement Test
16-26 Math 121, 125, 141, 145
27-37 Math 142
Math 151 Placement Scores
Score for Calculus and Placement
0-8 Math 142
9-13 Math 151
Revised November, 2008