During summer orientation, incoming first-year students will take a placement test to determine the best course in which to enroll. We have constructed two documents to help you prepare for the placement test. The documents are both PDF files. The first is “common pitfalls” in algebra and the second is a practice version of the placement test. Answers are included at the end of the files. We especially encourage you to examine the items in these files if you have not taken a mathematics course recently. Questions about the mathematics placement test should be directed to the mathematics department.