425 Placement

Who must take the test? If you plan to take MATH 425 and you have not met the prerequisite, you must take the placement test. Note that the prerequisite for MATH 425 is a grade of C or better in MATH 418 (Analysis and Applications of Functions), or placement via the placement test.

What material does the test cover? The test is a 40-question multiple-choice test covering topics from algebra and precalculus. Calculators are not allowed. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • algebraic fractions
  • exponents, roots and radicals
  • logarithms and their properties
  • inequalities
  • absolute value
  • factoring
  • solving equations and inequalities, including
    • linear equations or inequalities
    • systems of linear equations or linear inequalities
    • quadratic equations or inequalities
    • equations involving radicals
    • equations or inequalities involving absolute value
  • functions, including
    • composition of functions
    • domain and range of a function
    • transformations of functions
    • inverse functions
    • logarithmic and exponential functions
    • trigonometric functions
  • topics from trigonometry, including
    • basic trigonometric functions and their transformations
    • values of the trigonometric functions at "special" angles
    • graphs of trigonometric functions
    • basic trigonometric identities
    • notions of period, amplitude and phase shift
    • inverse trigonometric functions and their graphs

Are there any review materials available? Online review materials for some topics can be found on the "Math Help Center" (MaC) webpage.