The high school prognostic tests provide projected placements in college mathematics courses long before students arrive on campus. By using these tests, colleges can ensure that more incoming students are prepared for collegelevel mathematics courses. Both colleges and students can then avoid the extra time and costs associated with remedial courses.
The high school prognostic tests cover elementary, intermediate, and advanced high school mathematics. Some of the tests are designed for use with calculators or graphing calculators. There are two or three parallel forms of each of the five different tests, resulting in a total of 13 distinct tests. Each test consists of 25 to 32 multiple choice questions that can be administered in 45 minutes or less. The tables below outline the topics covered in each test, along with the number of test questions in that particular topic. Note that some questions are counted more than once, so the total number of questions may be more than the number of questions on the test. The time limits are those recommended by the Mathematical Association of America
Prognostic Test  Topic  Number of Test Questions 
Elementary High School Mathematics 32 questions 
Arithmetic of Rational Numbers  5 
Perimeters, Areas, and Volumes  2 

Perimeters, Areas, and Volumes  1 

Linear Equations and Formula Evaluation  4 

Factoring and Algebraic Fractions  4 

Graphing and Distance  5 

Exponents and Radicals  6 

Absolute Value  1 

Linear Inequalities  1 

Systems of Equations  1 

Operations with Algebraic Expressions  2 

Quadratic Equations  1 

Fractional Equations  2 

Intermediate High School Mathematics 32 questions 
Arithmetic of Rational Numbers  1 
Number Order Relations  1 

Linear Equations and Formula Evaluation  5 

Factoring and Algebraic Fractions  3 

Graphing and Distance  4 

Exponents and Radicals  6 

Absolute Value  2 

Linear Inequalities  1 

Systems of Equations  1 

Operations with Algebraic Expressions  5 

Quadratic Equations  2 

Fractional Equations  2 

CalculatorBased Elementary High School 32 questions 
Arithmetic of Rational Numbers  2 
Number Order Relations  1 

Operations with Algebraic Expressions  3 

Absolute Value  1 

Exponents and Radicals  6 

Linear Equations and Inequalities  4 

Systems of Equations  1 

Quadratic and Fractional Equations  3 

Graphing and Distance  3 

Word Problems  7 

Geometry  3 

Percent  4 

Calculator Active  13 

GraphingCalculatorBased Intermediate High School Mathematics 25 questions 
Arithmetic of Rational Numbers  2 
Number Order Relations  1 

Linear Equations and Formula Evaluation  3 

Factoring and Algebraic Fractions  4 

Graphing and Distance  1 

Exponents and Radicals  2 

Absolute Value  1 

Linear Inequalities  2 

Systems of Equations  2 

Operations with Algebraic Expressions  3 

Translation of Axes  1 

Radical Functions  2 

Polynomial Equations and Inequalities  7 

Graphical Problem Solving  7 

Probability and Statistics  2 

Algebraic Representations  3 

Applications  5 

Geometry  3 

GraphingCalculator Active  6 

ScientificCalculator Active  4 

GraphingCalculatorBased Advanced High School Mathematics 25 questions 
Equations and Factoring  1 
Operations with Algebraic Expressions  2 

Inequalities and Absolute Values  1 

Polynomial Equations and Inequalities  4 

Functional Notation  2 

Graphs of Functions  4 

Graphical Problem Solving  2 

Geometry and Measurement  5 

Translation of Axes  1 

Word Problems and Modeling  6 

Concept Formulation  3 

Numerical Awareness  2 

Exponents and Logarithms  4 

Exponential Functions  4 

Trigonometry  6 

ScientificCalculator Active  9 

GraphingCalculator Active  4 
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