The College Mathematics examination covers material generally taught in
a college course for nonmathematics majors and majors in fields not
requiring knowledge of advanced mathematics.
The examination contains approximately 60 questions to be answered in 90
minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored.
Any time candidates spend on tutorials and providing personal
information is in addition to the actual testing time.
The examination places little emphasis on arithmetic calculations, and
it does not contain any questions that require the use of a calculator.
However, an online scientific calculator (nongraphing) is available to
candidates during the examination as part of the testing software.
It is assumed that candidates are familiar with currently taught
mathematics vocabulary, symbols, and notation.
Knowledge and Skills Required
Questions on the College Mathematics examination require candidates to
demonstrate the following abilities in the approximate proportions
indicated.
 Solving routine, straightforward problems (about 50 percent of
the examination)
 Solving nonroutine problems requiring an understanding of
concepts and the application of skills and concepts (about 50
percent of the examination)
The subject matter of the College Mathematics examination is drawn from
the following topics. The percentages next to the main topics indicate
the approximate percentage of exam questions on that topic.
Sets
 Union and intersection
 Subsets, disjoint sets, equivalent sets
 Venn diagrams
 Cartesian product
Logic
 Truth tables
 Conjunctions, disjunctions, implications, and negations
 Conditional statements
 Necessary and sufficient conditions
 Converse, inverse, and contrapositive
 Hypotheses, conclusions, and counterexamples
Real Number System
 Prime and composite numbers
 Odd and even numbers
 Factors and divisibility
 Rational and irrational numbers
 Absolute value and order
 Open and closed intervals
Functions and Their Graphs
 Properties and graphs of functions
 Domain and range
 Composition of functions and inverse functions
 Simple transformations of functions: translations,
reflections, symmetry
Probability and Statistics
 Counting problems, including permutations and combinations
 Computation of probabilities of simple and compound events
 Simple conditional probability
 Mean, median, mode, and range
 Concept of standard deviation
 Data interpretation and representation: tables, bar graphs,
line graphs, circle graphs, pie charts, scatterplots, histograms
Additional Topics from Algebra and Geometry
 ??? Complex numbers
 ??? Logarithms and exponents
 ??? Applications from algebra and geometry
 ??? Perimeter and area of plane figures
 ??? Properties of triangles, circles, and rectangles
 ??? The Pythagorean theorem
 ??? Parallel and perpendicular lines
 ??? Algebraic equations, systems of linear equations, and
inequalities
 ??? Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, Remainder Theorem,
Factor Theorem
