Fundamentals of College Algebra


Fundamentals of College Algebra

About the Exam

The DSST Human Resource Management is a multiple-choice exam designed to evaluate whether candidates possess the knowledge and understanding that would be gained by taking a lower level college course in human resource management which includes the following content: overview of the human resource management field; human resource planning, staffing, training and development; performance appraisals; compensation issues; safety and security issues; employment law; and labor relations.

The exam contains 100 questions to be answered in 2 hours.

Exam Outline

This exam was developed to enable schools to award credit to students for knowledge equivalent to that learned by students taking the course. This exam covers topics such as complex numbers, algebraic operations, equations and inequalities, and properties of functions and their graphs. The exam contains 100 questions to be answered in 2 hours. The use of a non-programmable calculator is permitted in this exam.

The following is an outline of the content areas covered in the examination. The approximate percentage of the examination devoted to each content area is also noted.

I. Fundamental Algebraic Operations – 20%
a. Operations with algebraic expressions
b. Operations with polynomials (including factoring and expanding polynomials)
c. Rational expressions
d. Operations with positive, negative and fractional exponents

II. Complex Numbers – 4%
a. Conjugate
b. Basic Operations

III. Equations and Inequalities – 44%
a. Linear equations and inequalities
b. Quadratic equations and inequalities (including quadratic forms and solving quadratic inequalities)
c. Absolute value equations and inequalities
d. Systems of linear equations and inequalities
e. Exponential and logarithmic equations
f. Equations involving radicals

IV. Properties of Functions and their Graphs – 32%
a. Coordinate systems
b. Domain and range
c. Operations of functions
d. Inverse functions
e. Linear functions
f. Quadratic functions
g. Polynomial functions
h. Rational functions
i. Exponential and logarithmic functions