CLEP College Algebra Study Guide

CLEP College Algebra Study Guide

Don’t waste time and money on programs that aren’t going to place you out of College Algebra. Use our one-of-a-kind CLEP study guide to ace your exam and receive College Algebra credit without having to suffer through the actual course. Click below to get started!



The College Algebra CLEP study guide from MathHelp takes a proactive approach that eliminates unnecessary effort so that every moment you devote to your studies is time well spent. A pre-test at the beginning of each section checks your knowledge and allows you to skip concepts you already know well. This technique allows you to focus like a laser beam on the gaps in your knowledge. Better yet, we pair this diagnostic tool with easy-to-follow video explanations and powerful practice sessions, so that our CLEP Algebra study guide will have you more prepared for your exam than you ever thought possible.

“I managed to pass the CLEP College Algebra test. I found each section of your course exceptionally useful and organized in a consistent and logical manner, allowing me to build a repository of knowledge on how to properly solve each type of equation. Algebra has been a boogie man for me for a very long time and in passing the CLEP test, I finally earned my degree a year and a half after finishing all of my other requirements.”

— DAVID BOLHUIS

Do CLEP study guides actually work?

They do when they’re designed properly. For example, a CLEP College Algebra study guide that actually works is going to steer you toward the concepts you don’t know yet. Then it needs to break things down into easily digestible steps, preferably using multimedia instruction. This combination of diagnostics and video is the magic recipe for a study guide that works wonders.

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How many questions are on the College Algebra CLEP?

Students are given 90 minutes to answer 60 questions on topics ranging from graphs and inequalities to linear and quadratic equations. There are also a number of pretest questions that aren’t included in your final score.

Is the CLEP College Algebra test multiple choice?

Yes, the CLEP College Algebra exam is a computer-delivered, multiple-choice test. It’s important to note that there is no penalty for a wrong answer, so students are encouraged to answer every question, even if it’s just a guess. A blank answer will always be wrong, while even a wild guess has a chance to be right.

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What is covered on the College Algebra CLEP?

The CLEP College Algebra exam is a standardized test that grants successful test-takers with the college credit they would normally get from taking a College Algebra class. As such, the test covers material that would normally be found in a standard College Algebra course.

Topics covered include graphs and inequalities; linear and quadratic equations; algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; and various other concepts. Roughly half the exam consists of routine problems that test basic operations, while the rest of the exam requires a more holistic understanding and an ability to solve novel problems.

How do you study for the CLEP College Algebra?

  1. Stay focused on math concepts covered on the exam. Don’t waste time on irrelevant material.
  2. Commit important formulas to memory as you work through your CLEP College Algebra study guide so that they’re readily accessible when you need them.
  3. Identify your weak areas and keep tabs on your progress with a practice test. How you do on your practice test indicates how you’ll do on the actual exam, so be sure you can ace it.
  4. Keep practicing until you no longer struggle with the concepts and the steps flow naturally.
  5. Double-check your work to avoid unnecessary mistakes.
  6. Make sure you can finish your practice test in the allotted time so that you won’t be cut short when you’re taking the real thing.
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