Elementary Algebra Study Materials for the Accuplacer Exam

Updated July 05, 2007 by the ARCC Mathematics Department


The Elementary Algebra test measures your skills in three main categories

        a. Operations with integers and rational numbers

                    This includes addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with integers and negative rational numbers along with the use of absolute values and ordering.

        b. Operations with algebraic expressions.

                    This includes evaluations of simple formulas and expressions as well as adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Also covered is evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions and factoring.

        c. Equation solving, inequalities and word problems.

                    This includes solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions and graphing.


Elementary Algebra Practice Test Materials

Print out the Practice Exam linked below.  Work through each problem and if you don't understand a question, use the TEGRITY video solutions to watch a video presentation of the worked out solution.


The following file is a sample test made by the ARCC math department. Note: this test consists of 30 problems, but the actual exam is 20 problems.  TEGRITY solutions are linked below:

ARCC Elementary Algebra Practice Exam for the Accuplacer Placement Test

ARCC Elementary Algebra Practice Exam for the Accuplacer Placement Test-ANSWERS




Two sample questions for the Elementary Algebra test:




A.             B.          C.       D. 



2.  The width of a rectangle is  of the length which is 10x.  If the area of the rectangle is 100, what is the value of x


A.                       B.                C.                          D. 


The answer to sample question 1 is B and the answer to sample question 2 is C.


You may wish to visit the following sites to refresh your arithmetic skills:


Think like a Computer! A Guide to Number Sequence Puzzles

 "Algebra Resources Galore!"


Accuplacer's own help website.  Get help with preparation all Accuplacer tests.


This site has lessons on the topics listed for the Arithmetic test but does not have practice exercises.


This site has arithmetic practice problems with detailed solutions.


This site practices operations with fractions.


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