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.

The TI-30XIIS (solar) or TI-30XIIB (battery) with a two-line display is the only calculator allowed for use on this placement test. No other calculators are allowed.

Formula sheets are not allowed when taking this exam.


  • Linear, rational, quadratic, and absolute value equations
  • Linear inequalities
  • 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