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The placement test covers important material from the previous course. Here is a list of topics that a student must show competency in to place into a given course.

To place into **MPC 090** PreAlgebra:

- Add, subtract, multiply, divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals

To place into **MPC 095** Elementary Algebra:

- Use order of operations to perform basic arithmetic operations on signed number expressions containing absolute values and exponents.
- Solve simple linear equations
- Evaluate mathematical expressions containing exponents using the order of operations
- Set up ratios and solve proportions
- Change among fraction, decimal, and percent form of a number
- Solve percent problems
- Find the mean, median and mode of a group of numbers
- Do conversions of length volume, area, time and temperature using American and metric units
- Find the area, volume or perimeter of common geometric shapes
- Simplify an algebraic expression by combining like terms and/or using distributive property

To place into **MPC 099** Intermediate Algebra

- Use the laws of exponents to simplify integer exponential expressions
- Perform arithmetic operations on polynomials, including long division
- Solve linear and literal equations and linear inequalities
- Solve variation problems
- Set up and solve linear story problems
- Find the slope of a line and graph
- Factor polynomials and equations, factor sum and difference of cubes, find the vertex of a quadratic function and graph
- Perform basic arithmetic operations on rational polynomial expressions
- Simplify complex fractions containing terms
- Evaluate a function
- Solve right triangles using sine, cosine, and tangent functions

To place in **MATH 107**,** MATH 120**, **MATH 146**, or **MATH 147**

- Perform basic arithmetic operations on functions. Simplify composite functions
- Solve a system of linear equations in 2 & 3 variables
- Solve a word problem using a system of equations
- Perform basic arithmetic operations on expressions containing radicals or imaginary numbers
- Solve quadratic equations, equations containing radicals and rational equations and equations with rational exponents
- Solve word problems with quadratic equations
- Simplify exponential and logarithmic expressions and solve elementary equations
- Graph quadratic functions
- Compute compound and continuous interest.