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LSU's College Algebra Placement and Credit Exam

The placement exam for College Algebra (Math 1021) consists of 25 multiple choice questions taken from the topics listed below.

A standard scientific calculator such as the TI-30XIIS or TI-30XIIB is allowed.  Graphing calculators and calculators with symbolic notation or natural display capabilities, such as the TI-36XPro and any of the TI Mulitiview series, Casio Natural Display series, HPSmartCalc series, and Sharp Writeview series are NOT allowed.

Formula sheets are not allowed when taking this exam.  


Linear, rational, quadratic, and absolute value equations
Linear inequalitites
Distance and midpoint of line segment
Systems of linear equations
Graphs and properties of linear, quadratic, root, absolute value, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions
Function properties and graphs
Parallel and perpendicular lines
Polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic equations
Applications involving quadratic functions
Applications involving exponential growth and decay
Inverse functions
Composite functions
Piecewise-defined functions