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Sample questions for the ACCUPLACER exam

Arithmetic Section

1. Find (0.0037)(0.075) and leave the answer in scientific notation.

2. If it takes a person 50 seconds to travel one mile, what is his or her speed in
mph?

3. His test scores were 80, 88, 71, and 75. After his next test he found his
average to be 78. What did he score on his fifth exam?

4. James received a monthly salary of $500.00 plus a 5% commission on sales.


If he earned $750.00 last month, how much did he sell?

5. What percent of 36 is 80?

6. Prime factor 360.

7. All of the following are ways to write 20 percent of N except:

0.2 N, 20/100N, 1/5N, 20N

8. Which of the following is closest to 10.5 ?

3, 4, 5, 8

9. Three people who work full time are to work together on a project, but their
total time on the project is to be equivalent to that of only one person working
full time. If one of the people is budgeted for _ of his time to the project and a
second person for 1/3 of her time, what part of the third worker’s time should
be budgeted to this project?
Answers for the ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Section

1. 2.775 x 10-4

2. 72mph

3. 76

4. $5000.00

5. 222. 2 % or 222
%
9

6. 23 • 32 • 5

7. 20N

8. 3

9. 1

Sample questions for the ACCUPLACER exam


Elementary Algebra Section

1. Evaluate x x 3 – 6x x if x = 4.

2. Find the distance of (3, -1) from (6,3).

1
3. Simplify
- 2
- 2

1 2 3
4. Solve for x if + =
x y z

5. Factor x2 – x -20

1
6. Solve x2 + x + =0
4

7. Simplify 3 2 (-4 2 - 2 10 )

3 5
8. If x + 4 = 10, find the value of x - 2
2 8

9. If a number is divided by 4 and then 3 is subtracted, the result is 0. What is


the number?

10. 16x – 8 =

11. If x2 - x – 6=0, then x is


Answers for the ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Section

1. -16

2. 5

3. -4

- zy zy
4. x= or
2z - 3y 3y - 2z

5. (x - 5)(x + 4)

1
6. x= -
2

7. –24 - 12 5

7
8. -
6

9. 12

10. 8(2x-1)

11. –2 or 3
Sample questions for the ACCUPLACER exam
College Level Math Section

1. If f (x) = x3 + 4, then compute f -1(5)

2. Find the domain and range of f(x) = x 2 - 25

3. If f(x) = 2x2 + 4, find f(x4 – 1)

4. If z 1 = 3 + 2i and z 2 = 4- 5i, find

a. (z 1 )(z 2 ) b. (z 1 )/(z 2 )

5. Find 8 -2 / 3

6. Find the lowest point in f(x) = x - 2 + 3

9!
7. Compute
3!6!

8. f(x)=x4 – x +2, then f(-x)=

9. The equation x_ + 2ix - 4 = 0 has as its roots

10. In triangle ABC, a=12, b=16, and sin B=2/3. What is the measure of angle A
in degrees?

1
11. If 00 £ q £ 900, and sin q = , find
2
q
a) cos q , b) tan q , c)sin 2 q , d) cos .
2
12. Find sec( -1350)

5
13. If sin q = , q in quadrant II, find cos q and tan q .
13

5
14. Evaluate 2sin2 q - cos2 q if q = p.
6

p
15. Find q so that f(x) = sin (x + q ) has the same graph as cos (x - )
4
Answers for the ACCUPLACER College Level Math Section

1. f-1(5) = 1

2. x ≥ 5 or (- µ , -5] » [5, µ )

3. 2x8 – 4x4 + 6

2 + 23i
4. a) 22 – 7i , b)
41

5. 4

6. (2,3)

7. 84

8. x4 + x + 2

9. 3 - i, - 3 - i

10. 30

p p 3 1 3
11. In QI, q = radians or 30 . cos =
0
, tan q = = , sin2q =
6 6 2 3 3
3
1+
3 q 30 1 + cos 30 2 = 2+ 3
sin 600 = , cos = cos = =
2 2 2 2 2 2

12. - 2

12 5
13. cos q = - , tan q = -
13 12

1
14. -
4

p
15. sin (x + )
4