This course can be used as a study resource, for professional development, or to earn college credit by passing a CLEP™ exam (multiple-choice examination). Each college sets its own credit-granting policies for the exam, so check with your college admissions office, test center, or academic adviser before taking the test.
The College Mathematics course covers material generally taught in a college course for non-mathematics majors or majors in fields not requiring knowledge of advanced mathematics. These courses teach basic skills covering a number of mathematics disciplines.
- Solving routine, straightforward problems
- Solving non-routine problems requiring and understanding of concepts and the application of skills and concepts
Mathematics is the study of the measurement, properties and relationship of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. Or, as Eugene Wigner put it, “Mathematics is the science of skillful operations with concepts and rules invested just for this purpose.”
Mathematics (from Greek: μάθημα, máthēma, ‘knowledge, study, learning’) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), structure (algebra), space (geometry), and change (mathematical analysis). It has no generally accepted definition.*
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The exam contains approximately 60 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. The College Board provides the parameters for the exam which we have listed below.
An online scientific (non-graphing) calculator, which is integrated into the exam software will be available during the exam whenever the student needs it. Students will choose when to use it and will find it helpful for performing certain calculations.
CLEP™ Score Information
Credit-Granting Score for College Mathematics
ACE Recommended Score*: 50
Semester Hours: 3
Each institution reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy, which may differ from that of ACE. Contact your college as soon as possible to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score.
*The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated CLEP processes and procedures for developing, administering, and scoring the exams. The score listed above is equivalent to a grade of C in the corresponding course. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Visit the ACE CREDIT website for more information.*
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