Preparation for the CPE
Math 30, Math 30P, and Math 71
To be placed into Math 30 or Math 30P, students need to demonstrate a basic knowledge of four years of college prep math, the same math covered in Math 19 (Precalculus). Specifically the topics needed are college algebra, trigonometry and properties of elementary functions. To be placed into Math 71, students need to demonstrate a basic knowledge of math covered in Math 8 (College Algebra), or Math 19 (Precalculus). You should not have to prepare for the Calculus Placement Exam unless, you have been away from the study of mathematics for many years though a little bit of review certainly will not hurt. The exam is designed to test what you need to know on a daily basis to understand the content of Calculus. It is important to be well rested so you can think clearly when you take the CPE.
If you feel you need to prepare for the Calculus Placement Exam, they you may want to do the following:
There is a Practice Test available online that has questions similar to the ones on the exam. The practice test requires users to create an account. Here are directions for how to create an account and view the test.
Students trying to place into Math 71 will only need to review Part 1. Students trying to place into Math 30 or Math 30P should review both Part 1 and Part 2.
The practice exam has more questions than the actual CPE.
For a more extensive review of the material covered by the CPE check out a standard Precalculus textbooks such as Precalculus, by Sullivan, 7th Edition. Read and solve problems in chapters 1.1-1.3, 2.1-2.6, 3.1-3.2, 3.5-3.6, 4.1-4.6, 5.1-5.6, 6.1-6.8, 7.1-7.4, 8.1-8.3, 9.1-9.4, 10.1-10.2, and 10.7, which covers functions, graphs, polynomials, rational functions, inverse functions, logarithmic and exponential functions, analytic geometry and trigonometry.