The College Algebra examination covers material that is usually taught in a one-semester college course in algebra. Nearly half of the test is made up of routine problems requiring basic algebraic skills; the remainder involves solving nonroutine problems in which candidates must demonstrate their understanding of concepts. The test includes questions on basic algebraic operations; linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and graphs; algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; and miscellaneous other topics.

It is assumed that candidates are familiar with currently taught algebraic vocabulary, symbols, and notation. The test places little emphasis on arithmetic calculations. However, an online scientific calculator (nongraphing) will be available during the examination.

The examination contains approximately 60 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. Any time candidates spend on tutorials and providing personal information is in addition to the actual testing time.

The Breakdown of the exam is as follows:

25%
Algebraic operations

Factoring and expanding polynomials

Operations with algebraic expressions

Operations with exponents

Properties of logarithms

25%
Equations and inequalities

Linear equations and inequalities

Quadratic equations and inequalities

Absolute value equations and inequalities

Systems of equations and inequalities

Exponential and logarithmic equations

30%
Functions and their properties*

Definition and interpretation

Representation/modeling (graphical, numerical, symbolic, and verbal
representations of functions)

Domain and range

Algebra of functions

Graphs and their properties (including intercepts, symmetry, and
transformations)