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Earn College Credit with REA's Test Prep for CLEP* College Algebra

Everything you need to pass the exam and get the college credit you deserve.

CLEP* is the most popular credit-by-examination program in the country, accepted by more than 2,900 colleges and universities. For over 15 years, REA has helped students pass the CLEP* exam and earn college credit while reducing their tuition costs.

Our CLEP* test preps are perfect for adults returning to college (or attending for the first time), military service members, high-school graduates looking to earn college credit, or home-schooled students with knowledge that can translate into college credit.

There are many different ways to prepare for the CLEP* exam. What's best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. Our test prep for CLEP* College Algebra and the free online tools that come with it, will allow you to create a personalized CLEP* study plan that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.

Here's how it works:

Diagnostic exam at the REA Study Center focuses your study
Our online diagnostic exam pinpoints your strengths and shows you exactly where you need to focus your study. Armed with this information, you can personalize your prep and review where you need it the most.

Most complete subject review for CLEP* College Algebra
Our targeted review covers all the material you'll be expected to know for the exam and includes a glossary of must-know terms.

Two full-length practice exams
The online REA Study Center gives you two full-length practice tests and the most powerful scoring analysis and diagnostic tools available today. Instant score reports help you zero in on the CLEP* College Algebra topics that give you trouble now and show you how to arrive at the correct answer-so you'll be prepared on test day.

REA is the acknowledged leader in CLEP* preparation, with the most extensive library of CLEP* titles available. Our test preps for CLEP* exams help you earn valuable college credit, save on tuition, and get a head start on your college degree.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738610160
  • Publisher: Research & Education Association
  • Publication date: 1/15/2012
  • Series: CLEP
  • Edition description: Seventh
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Passing the CLEP College Algebra Exam

Congratulations! You're joining the millions of people who have discovered the value and educational advantage offered by the College Board's College-Level Examination Program, or CLEP. This test prep covers everything you need to know about the CLEP College Algebra exam, and will help you earn the college credit you deserve while reducing your tuition costs.

GETTING STARTED
There are many different ways to prepare for a CLEP exam. What's best for you depends on how much time you have to study and how comfortable you are with the subject matter. To score your highest, you need a system that can be customized to fit you: your schedule, your learning style, and your current level of knowledge.

This book, and the online tools that come with it, allow you to create a personalized study plan through three simple steps: assessment of your knowledge, targeted review of exam content, and reinforcement in the areas where you need the most help.

Let’s get started and see how this system works.

Test Yourself & Get Feedback: Score reports from your online diagnostic and practice tests give you a fast way to pinpoint what you already know and where you need to spend more time studying.

Review with the Book: Study the topics tested on the CLEP exam. Targeted review chapters cover everything you need to know.

Improve Your Score: Armed with your score reports, you can personalize your study plan. Review the parts of the book where you’re weakest and study the answer explanations for the test questions you answered incorrectly.

THE REA STUDY CENTER
The best way to personalize your study plan and focus on your weaknesses is to get feedback on what you know and what you don’t know. At the online REA Study Center, you can access two types of assessment: a diagnostic exam and full-length practice exams. Each of these tools provides true-to-format questions and delivers a detailed score report that follows the topics set by the College Board.

Diagnostic Exam
Before you begin your review with the book, take the online diagnostic exam. Use your score report to help evaluate your overall understanding of the subject, so you can focus your study on the topics where you need the most review.

Full-Length Practice Exams
These practice tests give you the most complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses. After you’ve finished reviewing with the book, test what you’ve learned by taking the first of the two online practice exams. Review your score report, then go back and study any topics you missed. Take the second practice test to ensure you have mastered the material and are ready for test day.

If you’re studying and don’t have Internet access, you can take the printed tests in the book. These are the same practice tests offered at the REA Study Center, but without the added benefits of timed testing conditions and diagnostic score reports. Because the actual exam is computer-based, we recommend you take at least one practice test online to simulate test-day conditions.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE EXAM
The CLEP College Algebra exam consists of approximately 60 multiple-choice and fill-in-the-box questions to be answered in 90 minutes. The exam covers material that is typically part of a one-semester college course. Test takers can expect to encounter roughly a 50/50 split between routine and non-routine problems—the former requiring basic algebraic skills, the latter requiring you to show your command of algebraic concepts. While you'll be able to avail yourself of an online scientific calculator (non-graphing, non-programmable) during the exam, none of the questions you will be asked will require its use.

The approximate breakdown of topics on the CLEP College Algebra exam is as follows:

25% Algebraic Operations
Factoring and expanding polynomials
Operations with algebraic expressions
Operations with exponents
Properties of logarithms

25% Equations and Inequalities
Linear equations and inequalities
Quadratic equations and inequalities
Absolute value equations and inequalities
Systems of equations and inequalities
Exponential and logarithmic equations

30% Functions and Their Properties*
Definition and interpretation
Representation/modeling (graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal representations of functions)
Domain and range
Algebra of functions
Graphs and their properties (including intercepts, symmetry, and transformations)
Inverse functions
* Each test may contain a variety of functions, including linear, polynomial (degree 5), rational, absolute value, power, exponential, logarithmic, and piecewise-defined.

20% Number Systems and Operations
Real numbers
Complex numbers
Sequences and series
Factorials and Binomial Theorem
Determinants of 2-by-2 matrices

ALL ABOUT THE CLEP PROGRAM
What is the CLEP?
CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in North America. CLEP exams are available in 33 subjects and test the material commonly required in an introductory-level college course. Examinees can earn from three to twelve credits at more than 2,900 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. For a complete list of the CLEP subject examinations offered, visit the College Board website: www.collegeboard.org/clep.

Who takes CLEP exams?
CLEP exams are typically taken by people who have acquired knowledge outside the classroom and who wish to bypass certain college courses and earn college credit. The CLEP program is designed to reward examinees for learning—no matter where or how that knowledge was acquired.

Although most CLEP examinees are adults returning to college, many graduating high school seniors, enrolled college students, military personnel, veterans, and international students take CLEP exams to earn college credit or to demonstrate their ability to perform at the college level. There are no prerequisites, such as age or educational status, for taking CLEP examinations. However, because policies on granting credits vary among colleges, you should contact the particular institution from which you wish to receive CLEP credit.

Who administers the exam?
CLEP exams are developed by the College Board, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), and involve the assistance of educators from throughout the United States. The test development process is designed and implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the test are appropriate.

When and where is the exam given?
CLEP exams are administered year-round at more than 1,200 test centers in the United States and can be arranged for candidates abroad on request. To find the test center nearest you and to register for the exam, contact the CLEP Program:

CLEP Services
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: (800) 257-9558 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
Fax: (609) 771-7088
Website: www.collegeboard.org/clep

OPTIONS FOR MILITAR Y PERSONNEL AND VETERANS
CLEP exams are available free of charge to eligible military personnel and eligible civilian employees. All the CLEP exams are available at test centers on college campuses and military bases. Contact your Educational Services Officer or Navy College Education Specialist for more information. Visit the DANTES or College Board websites for details about CLEP opportunities for military personnel.

Eligible U.S. veterans can claim reimbursement for CLEP exams and administration fees pursuant to provisions of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004. For details on eligibility and submitting a claim for reimbursement, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/testing.htm.

CLEP can be used in conjunction with the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which applies to veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of operation. Because the GI Bill provides tuition for up to 36 months, earning college credits with CLEP exams expedites academic progress and degree completion within the funded timeframe.

SSD ACCOMMODATIONS FOR CANDIDATES WITH DISABILITIES
Many test candidates qualify for extra time to take the CLEP exams, but you must make these arrangements in advance. For information, contact:

College Board Services for Students with Disabilities
P.O. Box 6226
Princeton, NJ 08541-6226
Phone: (609) 771-7137 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
TTY: (609) 882-4118
Fax: (609) 771-7944
E-mail: ssd@info.collegeboard.org

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Table of Contents

412 All About the CLEP Program 612 Opti

712 SSD Accommodations for Candidates

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6-Week Study Plan 812

912 The Day

1012 Online Diagno

Chapter 2 A

1312 A Model for Problem Solvi

1512 Order of Opera

1613 Using and

1812 Problem-Solving Strategies 1812 Types

1913 Composition of Two Functio

2013 Solving Quadratic Equatio

2113 Graphing Equation

2213 Finding Cube Roots 2413 Operations o

2513 Simplifying F

2613 Systems of Linear Equat

2712 Keywords 2811 Chapte

Math Review 3112 Se

331

Sets 3313 Subsets 3413 Un

3413 Laws of Set Oper

3512 Number Systems and Fu

3613

3613 Absolute

3713

3813 Basic Algebraic Ope

4013 Operations with

4113 Decimals 4312 Imaginary and Complex Numbers 44

Imaginary Numbers

Complex Numbers

4512 Exponents and Radicals

4513 Exponents 4513 Radicals

4713 Scientific Notation 481

Polynomials an

4913 Terms a

4913 The

4913 Algebrai

Polynomial

52

Operations with Fractio

5412 Equations

5613 Definition of Equatio

5613 Basic Laws of

5613 Equations with Absolute Valu

5812 Linear Equations and S

5913 Linear Equations 5913

6013 Graphi

6013 Sys

6612 Inequa

7213 Definition of Inequality 7213 Propertie

7413

7513

75

Systems of Linear Inequalities

Relations and

7813 Definition of

7813 Pro

8013 Properties of

8112 Quadratic Equations

8313 Definition of Quadratic Equati

8313 Quadratic Formula 85

Radical Equation 8713 Quadratic Functi

8813 Quadratic Equations

8913 Solving

9013 Quadratic Inequali

9312 Equations of

9413 Meth

9413 Theory of Equations 9712

Algebraic Theorems 9913 Descartes' Rule of Signs 101

Ratio, Proportion, and Var

10213 Ratio and Proporti

10213 Variation 10312 Practice Test 1 (als

10513

12313 Detailed Expl

12412 Practice Test

14313 Answer Key 15913 Detailed Explanations of Answers 16001

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Glossary 17901 Index 183

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    While this book did have some good reviews of basic concepts at

    While this book did have some good reviews of basic concepts at the begining, it did fail to cover other concepts, such as logs and probability, that are both in its own practice exam and the actual CLEP. My other big issue is that while I am not a math genius, by any stretch of the imagination, there practive tests seem to have errors both in their answers and explanations. This could potentially be really confusing to someone trying to learn this material. I was honestly kind of disappointed with this book.

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