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About the Author
Mel Friedman, M.S., has a diverse background in mathematics, having taught both high school and college-level mathematics courses. Mr. Friedman was awarded his B.A. in Mathematics from Rutgers University and received his M.S. in Mathematics (with honors) from Fairleigh Dickinson University. A former adjunct professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Friedman also developed test items for Educational Testing Service and ACT, Inc.
Stu Schwartz has been teaching mathematics since 1973. For 35 years he taught in the Wissahickon School District, in Ambler, Pennsylvania, specializing in AP® Calculus AB and BC and AP® Statistics. Mr. Schwartz received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Temple University, Philadelphia. Mr. Schwartz was a 2002 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and also won the 2007 Outstanding Educator of the Year Award for the Wissahickon School District.
Mr. Schwartz’s website, www.mastermathmentor.com, is geared toward helping educators teach AP® Calculus, AP® Statistics, and other math courses. Mr. Schwartz is always looking for ways to provide teachers with new and innovative teaching materials, believing that it should be the goal of every math teacher not only to teach students mathematics, but also to find joy and beauty in math as well.
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PASSING THE CLEP COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 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 focuses on what you need to know to succeed on the CLEP College Mathematics exam, and will help you earn the college credit you deserve while reducing your tuition costs.
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
Assess your strengths and weaknesses. The score report from your online diagnostic exam gives you a fast way to pinpoint what you already know and where you need to spend more time studying.
Review with the Book
Armed with your diagnostic score report, review the parts of the book where you’re weak and study the answer explanations for the test questions you answered incorrectly.
Ensure You’re Ready for Test Day
After you’ve finished reviewing with the book, take our full-length practice tests. Review your score reports and re-study any topics you missed. We give you two full-length practice tests to ensure you’re confident and ready for test day.
THE REA STUDY CENTER
The best way to personalize your study plan 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.
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
Our full-length 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 Internet-based, we recommend you take at least one practice test online to simulate test-day conditions.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE EXAM
The CLEP College Mathematics exam consists of approximately 60 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. The exam covers the material one would find in an introductory college-level class for non-mathematics majors in fields not requiring knowledge of advanced mathematics.
The approximate breakdown of topics is as follows:
20% Algebra and Functions
10% Counting and Probability
15% Data Analysis and Statistics
20% Financial Mathematics
15% Logic and Sets
A scientific (nongraphing) calculator is integrated into the exam software, and is available to students during the entire testing time. Students are expected to know how and when to make appropriate use of the calculator. The scientific calculator, together with a brief video tutorial, is available to students as a free download for a 30-day trial period. Visit www.collegeboard.org/clep for more information.
ALL ABOUT THE CLEP PROGRAM
What is the CLEP?
CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in North America. The CLEP program’s 33 exams span five subject areas. The exams assess 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.
How is my CLEP score determined?
Your CLEP score is based on two calculations. First, your CLEP raw score is figured; this is just the total number of test items you answer correctly. After the test is administered, your raw score is converted to a scaled score through a process called equating. Equating adjusts for minor variations in difficulty across test forms and among test items, and ensures that your score accurately represents your performance on the exam regardless of when or where you take it, or on how well others perform on the same test form.
Your scaled score is the number your college will use to determine if you’ve performed well enough to earn college credit. Scaled scores for the CLEP exams are delivered on a 20-80 scale. Institutions can set their own scores for granting college credit, but a good passing estimate (based on recommendations from the American Council on Education) is generally a scaled score of 50, which usually requires getting roughly 66% of the questions correct. For more information on scoring, contact the institution where you wish to be awarded the 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:
P.O. Box 6600
Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: (800) 257-9558 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
Fax: (610) 628-3726
The CLEP iBT Platform
To improve the testing experience for both institutions and test-takers, the College Board’s CLEP Program has transitioned its 33 exams from the eCBT platform to an Internet-based testing (iBT) platform. All CLEP test-takers may now register for exams and manage their personal account information through the “My Account” feature on the CLEP website. This new feature simplifies the registration process and automatically downloads all pertinent information about the test session, making for a more streamlined check-in.
OPTIONS FOR MILITARY 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. 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 8060
Mt. Vernon, Illinois 62864-0060
Phone: (609) 771-7137 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET)
TTY: (609) 882-4118
Fax: (866) 360-0114
Table of Contents
About Our Authors
Passing the CLEP College Mathematics Exam
The REA Study Center
An Overview of the Exam
All About the CLEP Program
Options for Military Personnel and Veterans
SSD Accommodations for Candidates with Disabilities
6-Week Study Plan
The Day of the Exam
Online Diagnostic Test
Properties of Real Numbers
Components of Real Numbers
Odd and Even Numbers
Factors and Divisibility Numbers
Algebra and Functions
Simultaneous Linear Equations
Absolute Value Equations
Advanced Algebraic Theorems
Relations and Graphs
Functions: Definition and Notation
Transformation of Graphs
Linear and Exponential Growth
Counting and Probability
Sample Spaces and Counting
The Counting Principle
Mutually Exclusive and Complementary Events
Statistics and Data Analysis
Measures of Central Tendency
Comparing the Mean, Median, and Mode in a Variety of Distributions
Measures of Variability
Markups and Markdowns
Types of Interest
Future Value and Maturity Value
The Pythagorean Theorem
Formulas for Area and Perimeter
Logic and Sets
Basic Principles, Laws, and Theorems
Necessary and Sufficient Conditions
Truth Tables and Basic Logical Operations
Sentences, Literals, and Fundamental Conjunctions
Union and Intersection of Sets
Laws of Set Operations
Practice Test 1
Detailed Explanations of Answers
Practice Test 2
Detailed Explanations of Answers