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College Algebra

The College Algebra examination contains 60 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Students are allowed to use the online scientific (non-graphing) calculator during this examination.  

The test includes questions on basic algebraic operations; linear and quadratic equations, inequalities, and graphs; algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; and miscellaneous topics.

Students should consider taking the exam if they can demonstrate the following abilities:

  • solving routine, straightforward problems
  • solving non-routine problems requiring an understanding of concepts and the application of skills and concepts.

Computer-based Scoring

CLEP computer-based (CBT) exams are scored without a penalty for incorrect guessing. The raw score--the number of correct responses--is translated into a scaled score. The scaled scores for CLEP CBT are reported in a range from 20 to 80.

At Ferris, candidates taking the College Algebra exam earn credit for a score of 50 or higher.

Course(s) and Credits

  • MATH 115
    3 credits

Credits meet the general education requirement to demonstrate mathematical proficiency in the Quantitative Skills category.  The credits may be applied to required courses or to the "elective" area as appropriate in each curriculum.