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Students should review the fundamentals of algebra covered in high school courses prior to taking the Accuplacer Mathematics test. On this page we provide many sample questions and answers for the Elementary Algebra test and the College Level Mathematics test.  

The initial assessment measure is the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra Test. If your score on this test is satisfactory, you will be able to take any first-year level (100 level) mathematics course. If you do not receive a satisfactory score on the Elementary Algebra Test, you will not be allowed to register for a credit-bearing mathematics course in your first semester at Framingham State. However, if you do very well on the Elementary Algebra Test, you will also take the College Level Mathematics test, which will determine whether or not you can proceed to a sophomore level (200 level) course, such as precalculus or calculus.

Topics on the Elementary Algebra Test:

  • Arithmetic of real numbers (including integers, rational numbers, irrational numbers)
  • Simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Evaluating algebraic expressions
  • Absolute value
  • Simplifying rational expressions
  • Definition of integer exponents and operations involving expressions
  • containing exponents
  • Solving linear equations
  • Solving equations involving fractions
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Solving linear inequalities
  • Graphing linear equations in two variables
  • Writing equations of lines
  • Solving systems of linear equations
  • Operations with polynomials
  • Factoring polynomials
  • Simplifying square root expressions
  • Solving quadratic equations


Sample Accuplacer Questions: Elementary Algebra Test
These sample questions are to help students understand the format used on the Accuplacer Mathematics Test. The questions themselves are not indicative of the range of difficulty a test-taker will encounter.

1. If a number is divided by 4, then 3 is subtracted, the result is 0. What is the number?
       A.       12
       B.        4
       C.        3
       D.        2

2. 16x - 8 =

       A.       8x
       B.       8(2x-x)
       C.       8(2x-1)
       D.       8(2x-8)

3.  If x² - x - 6 = 0, then x is

       A.       -2 or 3
       B.       -1 or 6
       C.       1 or -6
       D.       2 or -3

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For further review, ask your high school or college mathematics department for review materials or textbooks to borrow to prepare for the test. Also, for a helpful website for additional review in algebra, click here.

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