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Topics that May Appear on the RIT Math Placement Exam

We recommend you revisit your high school notes or books before taking the MPE.  The internet also provides a vast amount of resources on each of the topics below.

I. Algebra

Students should be able to

  • Manipulate exponents
  • Simplify algebraic expressions
  • Perform operations with polynomials, including division with remainders
  • Factor polynomials
  • Complete the square
  • Use Quadratic Formula
  • Solve systems of equations
  • Solve equations and inequalities
  • Solve equations with rational expressions
  • Construct algebraic expressions that represent quantities (word problems)

II. Functions

Students should be familiar with

  • Domain and range
  • Function notation and evaluation
  • Function types, including
  • absolute value
  • polynomial
  • rational
  • exponential
  • logarithmic
  • trigonometric
  • Composition of functions
  • Graphs of functions

III. Trigonometry

Students should be familiar with

  • Pythagorean Theorem
  • Radian measure
  • Unit circle / reference angles
  • Sine, cosine, tangent of any angle
  • Law of Cosines and Law of Sines

IV. Geometry

Students should be familiar with

  • Equations of lines and parabolas
  • Similar triangles
  • Areas of simple figures, such as triangles, rectangles, trapezoids, and circles
  • Volumes of simple solids, such as a box, a cylinder, or sphere