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Bob Miller's Math for the ACCUPLACER® Gets You a High Score!
More than 1,300 high schools, technical schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges across the country use the ACCUPLACER® to determine the skill levels of incoming students. Students at all learning levels will benefit from this comprehensive college placement test prep.
Written by a math specialist, our test prep contains everything you need to know to score high on the math portion of the ACCUPLACER®. The book explains math concepts in a lively, easy-to-grasp style.
The targeted review section covers all the math topics tested on the ACCUPLACER® including arithmetic (17 questions on the test), elementary algebra (12 questions on the test), and college-level math (20 questions on the test). To help you get the most out of your ACCUPLACER® preparation, Bob has included four practice tests for each section - for a total of 12 exams!
Each chapter includes step-by-step examples and exercises. Detailed explanations of solutions help you understand and retain the material. Test-taking advice, study tips, and exam strategies prepare you for exam day, ease your anxiety, and help you boost your score.
If you're taking the ACCUPLACER® and need to improve your math skills before test day, this is the book for you!
About the Author
For more than three decades, Bob Miller has brought his unique brand of teaching math to Rutgers, NYU Polytechnic, City University of New York, and Westfield State College. He is the author of the widely acclaimed “Clueless” series and has developed several math test preps for REA.
Read an Excerpt
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!
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About Research & Education Association
To the Student: A Must Read
A Word About College
CHAPTER 1: The Beginnings
CHAPTER 2: Arithmetic We Must Know
CHAPTER 3: The Power of Exponents
CHAPTER 4: The Most Radical Chapter of All
CHAPTER 5: Vital Basics of Algebra
CHAPTER 6: Equations and Inequalities
CHAPTER 7: Words and Word Problems
CHAPTER 8: Two or More Unknowns
CHAPTER 9: Points, Lines, and More
CHAPTER 10: All About Angles and Triangles
CHAPTER 11: Other Two-Dimensional Figures
CHAPTER 12: Circles, Circles, Circles
CHAPTER 13: All About Three-Dimensional Figures
CHAPTER 14: More Algebraic Topics
CHAPTER 15: All About Trig
CHAPTER 16: Topics That Don’t Fit in Anywhere Else
CHAPTER 17: Practice Tests