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TO THE STUDENT: A MUST READ
Congratulations! You are about to begin college, a new and exciting time in your life! This book is written to properly place you in your college math course at the right level.
This book will supply you with the material you need to succeed on the Accuplacer. This is a computer-adaptive test (CAT), which means you are in front of a computer. The computer will ask you a question. Using paper and pencil, you figure out the answer. You must enter an answer, and you may not change your choice. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. A correct answer will give you a more difficult next problem. A wrong answer will give you an easier one.
If you do not know an answer, try to eliminate one or more wrong choices. You must answer each problem before continuing. In this way, no two people take the exact same test. The dangers in taking a CAT test are that you will make careless or nervous mistakes and get too low a placement, or you will guess too many answers correctly and get too high a placement. If you think you placed too low, most colleges will retest you if you ask. If you place too high, you do not have to accept the placement. After all, you are paying for your education!
You may want to try the practice tests more than once. If you take the tests and do poorly, you might need to review more than you thought. The Accuplacer format is multiple choice. However, the chapter tests in this book are not multiple choice so that you might truly see if you can do the problems. Sometimes you can get an answer by looking at the choices. When you practice, you want to make sure you can do the problem.
You may find that this book is more than just a test prep. This book actually reviews virtually all the topics you need to prepare for precalculus and calculus. If you have any weaknesses, this book will really help to correct them. You may find some topics written in ways to clear up problems you had or didn’t know you had in high school math.
Good luck in college and in your future!