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# ARITHMETIC

The arithmetic test measures your skills in three primary categories. The first is operations with whole numbers
and fractions. This includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and recognizing equivalent
fractions and mixed numbers. The second category involves operations with decimals and percents. It includes
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as percent problems, decimal recognition, fraction and
percent equivalences, and estimation problems. The last category tests applications and problem solving.
Questions include rate, percent, and measurement problems, geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity
into its fractional parts. A total of 16 questions are asked in this section.

Solve the following problems and choose your answer from the alternatives given. You may use the paper you
have been given for scratch work.

Question 1:
All of the following are ways to write 20 percent of N, EXCEPT

A. 0.20N
B. 20/100N
C. 1/5N
D. 20N

Question 2:
7/20 =

A. 0.035
B. 2.858
C. 0.35
D. 3.5

Question 3:
7.86 X 4.6 =

A. 36.156
B. 36.216
C. 351.56
D. 361.56

Question 4:
Which of the following is the least?

A. 0.105
B. 0.501
C. 0.015
D. 0.15

Question 5:
The average weight for a group of 20 women is 130 pounds. If the average weight for 3/4 of these women was
140 pounds, what was the average weight, in pounds, for the rest of the women?

A. 100
B. 110
C. 120
D. 135

Question 6:
A soccer team played 160 games and won 65% of them. How many games did they win?

A. 94
B. 104
C. 114
D. 124

Question 7:
The Number of Employees of Company K Who Were Involved in Accidents

 Plant X Plant Y Mechanic 11 12 Power Machine Operators 9 12

The table above show the results of an industrial health survey of 10,000 people employed at Company K for
more than 5 years. If 2,500 employees were surveyed in each of the four categories, which group of employees

A. Mechanics in Plant X
B. Mechanics in Plant Y
C. Power Machine Operators in Plant X
D. Power Machine Operators in Plant Y

Question 8:
Which of the following is closest to ?

A. 3
B. 4
C. 5
D. 8

Question 9:
Three people who work full time are to work together on a project, but their total time on the project is to
equivalent to that of only one person working full time. If one of the people is budgeted for 1/2 of his time to
the project and a second person for 1/3 of her time, what part of the third worker’s time should be budgeted to
this project?

A. 1/3
B. 1/4
C. 1/6
D. 1/8

ANSWERS ARE LISTED ON THE LAST PAGE OF THIS STUDY GUIDE.

ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA

A total of 12 questions, divided into three types, are administered in this test. The first type involves operations
with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of
absolute values, and ordering. These questions test minimal skill levels of the student. A second type, which
involves operations with algebraic expressions tests minimal skill levels using evaluation of simple formulas
and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. At all skill levels, questions are
provided involving multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational
roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring. The third type of question involves the
solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems. As with the Arithmetic Test, few questions from this
category are presented to the student unless he or she shows skill in this area. When a high degree of
competence is indicated, questions from this category include solving linear equations and inequalities, the
solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context,
including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.
Solve the following problems and choose your answer from the alternatives given. You may use the paper you
have been given for scratch work.

Question 1:
If a number is divided by 4, and then 3 is subtracted, the result is 0. What is the number?

A. 12
B. 4
C. 3
D. 2

Question 2:
16x - 8 =

A. 8x
B. 8(2x - x)
C. 8(2x - 1)
D. 8(2x - 8)

Question 3:
If x2 - x - 6 = 0, then x is:

A. -2 or 3
B. -1 or 6
C. 1 or -6
D. 2 or -3

Question 4:
Solve the following problem: 2x + 3x + y =

A. 6xy
B. 5x + y
C. 5(x + y)
D. 6x + y

ANSWERS ARE LISTED ON THE LAST PAGE OF THIS STUDY GUIDE.

 ANSWERS (Reading Comprehension) 1. B 2. B ANSWERS (Sentence Skills) 1. D 2. C 3. C 4. A 5. B 6. C 7. B 8. C 9. C 10. C 11. B 12. A ANSWERS (Arithmetic) 1. D 2. C 3. A 4. C 5. A 6. B 7. B 8. A 9. C ANSWERS (Elementary Algebra) 1. A 2. C 3. A 4. B

TIPS FOR TAKING THE ACCUPLACER (The CollegeBoard, 2002)

counselor determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills.
underdeveloped skills before they can interfere with your learning.
You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the
test. You should also arrive a few minutes early so you can pay for the test, find the testing area,
bathrooms, etc., and gather your thoughts before the test begins.
Pay careful attention to directions and be sure you understand the directions before you begin each test.
You should understand that this is an adaptive test. Questions are chosen for you on the basis of your
answers to previous questions. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it
is first given. You cannot omit any question or come back to change an answer. You may change your
answer on a particular question, but you must do so before continuing on to the next question. If you do