There is certain precalculus material that we consider it necessary that
you know quite well in order to succeed in Calculus, MA 131. This includes
being able to do such problems in a reasonable amount of time. Within two
weeks of the beginning of the semester, you will be given a "Basics Exam"
covering this material. The results will be used to advise you whether you
are ready for Calculus. The practice tests on the Web are available for
you to use as much as you want or need in preparation for the "Basics
Exam". The "Basics Exam" is timed. Therefore, the practice tests are timed.
**You will have 50 minutes.** The practice tests are multiple choice but the
"Basics Exam" will not be. Therefore, it is best for you to **work out each
of the problems on the practice test as if you had no answer choices**.
Most of the "Basics Exam" will be worked without a calculator. Therefore,
we have indicated which problems are appropriate for use of a calculator.
**Assume you are NOT to use a calculator unless the problem statement begins
with [Calculator]**.

- Below are some further comments concerning notation:
- Assume all functions are real valued.
- [a,b) is interval notation for all numbers between a and b, including a but not including b.
- When using trigonometric functions, if angles are measured in degrees, this will be
indicated by use of the degree symbol, o, as a superscript (such as 10
^{o}). If the degree symbol is NOT present, assume that the angle measurements are in RADIANS. - log
_{a}(x) refers to the logarithm base a; log(x) refers to logarithm base 10; ln(x) refers to the logarithm base e.

Each practice test will contain 15 problems. The problem bank available
for the practice tests is organized into 6 categories: algebra, geometry, graphs
(recognition and interpretation of graphs of functions), trigonometry,
exponentials and logarithms, and problem solving. (Several of these categories
overlap.) There are two basic options, described below, for generating a
practice test from the problem bank. **Your 50 minutes of time will begin as
soon as the practice test appears after you choose an option.** You may choose
the DEFAULT option (in which a random sample of problems covering all categories
will be chosen) or you may choose the CUSTOMIZE option (in which you will be
asked how many problems from each category you wish, with the total number
of problems adding to 15).