MA 125 Placement Test

The MA 125 Placement Test determines if you are prepared for MA 125 (Calculus I). Take this test if you want to challenge your placement into MA 106 or MA 107 and you already have strong algebra and trigonometry skills.


General test information:

  • 30 multiple choice and free response questions.
  • Time limit of 50 minutes.
  • A scientific calculator may be used.
  • Scratch paper is allowed.
  • You must score 80% or higher to be eligible for MA 125.


Topics covered:

  • Distance and midpoint formulas.
  • Equation of a circle.
  • Lines. Slope. Slope-intercept and point-slope form of the equation of a line.
  • Concept of relation and function. Functions from algebraic, geometric (graphical), and numerical points of view.
  • Function notation. Algebra of functions.
  • Library of basic functions.
  • Interpreting graphs of functions (recognizing intervals of increasing, decreasing, identifying maximum or minimum values of a function).
  • Symmetry for graphs of equations in two variables. Even and odd functions.
  • Composite function. Inverse function.
  • Graphing transformations.
  • Quadratic function, properties, graphing, applications.
  • Polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions, properties, graphing.
  • Complex and real roots of polynomials.
  • Quadratic and rational inequalities.
  • Solving exponential and logarithmic equations. Properties of logarithms.
  • Angles, radian and degree measures.
  • Trigonometric functions, graphs, properties.
  • Unit circle approach to trigonometry.
  • Inverse trigonometric functions.
  • Right triangle trigonometry and applications.
  • Trigonometric identities (Pythagorean, reciprocal, quotient, double angle, and half-angle formulas).
  • Trigonometric equations.
  • Laws of sines and cosines.