College Algebra CLEP® Prep Online


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College Algebra CLEP®* Prep

Award-winning professor Edward Burger teaches the fundamentals of College Algebra in a series of dynamic, comprehensive video lessons. You'll learn the concepts of College Algebra that you need to be successful on the College Algebra CLEP exam. Included in the course are two full-length, sample CLEP tests with answers and step-by-step feedback. 

Over 2,900 colleges and universities award course credit for CLEP (College Level Examination Program) qualified exam results. The College Algebra CLEP exam is a 90-minute exam with 60 questions. For more information on CLEP, see the College Board site.

*(CLEP® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of this product. This course is designed for self-study preparation for the CLEP® exam and has not been audited by the College Board.)

Course Features

Video Lessons

101 engaging 5-20 minute video lessons
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Notes & Sample Problems

Illustrated course notes & sample problems
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Practice CLEP Tests

Two full-length practice CLEP tests
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Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion
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Course Overview

What you get

  • 12-month, online subscription to our complete College Algebra CLEP Prep course
  • 100+ course lessons, each with a streaming video
  • Illustrated notes
  • Automatically graded drill-and-practice exercises with step-by-step answer feedback
  • Sample problems with solutions
  • Chapter & Practice tests
  • Two complete practice CLEP tests

How it works

  • Purchase Thinkwell's College Algebra CLEP Prep course through our online store
  • Create an account username and password which will give you access to the online College Algebra CLEP course section
  • Activate your 12-month subscription when you're ready
  • Login to the course website to access the online course materials, including streaming video lessons, exercises, tests and more
  • Take a brief diagnostic that creates a fast-track plan for topics needing more study
  • Access your course anytime, anywhere, from any device
  • Your work is automatically tracked and updated in real-time
  • Grade reports and certificates of completion are available at request
  • View the course Getting Started Guide here.
Thinkwell's Calculus CLEP® Prep Author, Edward Burger

Learn from award-winning mathematician Dr. Edward Burger

It's like having a world-class college professor right by your side teaching you Calculus.

  • "Global Hero in Education" by Microsoft Corporation
  • "America's Best Math Teacher" by Reader's Digest
  • Robert Foster Cherry Award Winner for Great Teaching
Thinkwell's College Algebra CLEP® Prep Table of Contents
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Evaluating Exponential Expressions
Applying the Rules of Exponents
Evaluating Expressions with Negative Exponents
Converting Rational Exponents and Radicals
Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying Polynomials
Multiplying Big Products
Factoring Using the Greatest Common Factor
Factoring by Grouping
Factoring Trinomials Completely
Factoring Trinomials: The Grouping Method
Factoring the Difference of Two Squares

Rational Expressions and Complex Numbers

Rational Expressions and Domain
Working with Fractions
Writing Rational Expressions in Lowest Terms
Multiplying and Dividing Rational Expressions
Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
Introducing and Writing Complex Numbers
Rewriting Powers of i
Adding and Subtracting Complex Numbers
Multiplying Complex Numbers
Dividing Complex Numbers

Solving Linear Equations

An Introduction to Solving Equations
Solving a Linear Equation
Solving for Perimeter
Solving a Linear Geometry Problem
Solving for Consecutive Numbers
Solving to Find the Average
Solving for Constant Velocity
Solving a Problem about Work
Solving a Mixture Problem
Solving an Investment Problem
Solving Business Problems

Solving Quadratic Equations

Solving Quadratics by Factoring
Solving Quadratics by Completing the Square
Completing the Square: Another Example
Using the Quadratic Formula
Predicting the Type of Solutions Using the Discriminant
An Introduction to Word Problems with Quadratics
Solving a Quadratic Geometry Problem
Solving a Motion Problem
Solving a Projectile Problem
Solving Other Problems

Solving Inequalities

An Introduction to Solving Inequalities
Solving Compound Inequalities
More on Compound Inequalities
Solving Word Problems Involving Inequalities
Solving Quadratic Inequalities
Solving Quadratic Inequalities: Another Example
Matching Number Lines with Absolute Values
Solving Absolute Value Equations
Solving Equations with Two Absolute Value Expressions
Solving Absolute Value Inequalities
Solving Absolute Value Inequalities: More Examples


Finding the x- and y-Intercepts of an Equation
Functions and the Vertical Line Test
Identifying Functions
Function Notation and Finding Function Values
Evaluating Piecewise-Defined Functions for Given Values
Solving Word Problems Involving Functions
Finding the Domain and Range of a Function
Domain and Range: One Explicit Example
Satisfying the Domain of a Function
Using Operations on Functions
Composite Functions
The Remainder Theorem
More on the Remainder Theorem

Graphing Functions

Writing an Equation in Slope-Intercept Form
Writing an Equation Given Two Points
Graphing Some Important Functions
Graphing Piecewise-Defined Functions
Shifting Curves along Axes
Shifting or Translating Curves along Axes
Stretching a Graph
Graphing Quadratics Using Patterns
Determining Symmetry
Reflecting Specific Functions

Function Inverses and Exponential Functions

Understanding Inverse Functions
The Horizontal Line Test
Are Two Functions Inverses of Each Other?
Graphing the Inverse
Finding the Inverse of a Function
An Introduction to Exponential Functions
Using Properties of Exponents to Solve Exponential Equations
Finding Present Value and Future Value
Finding an Interest Rate to Match Given Goals

Solving Logarithmic and Exponential Equations

An Introduction to Logarithmic Functions
Finding the Value of a Logarithmic Function
Solving for x in Logarithmic Equations
Properties of Logarithms
Expanding a Logarithmic Expression Using Properties
Combining Logarithmic Expressions
Solving Exponential Equations
Solving Logarithmic Equations
Solving Equations with Logarithmic Exponents
Compound Interest
Predicting Change
An Introduction to Exponential Growth and Decay
Newton's Law of Cooling
Continuously Compounded Interest

Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

An Introduction to Linear Systems
Solving Systems with Substitution
Solving Systems by Elimination
An Introduction to Graphing Linear Inequalities
Graphing Linear and Nonlinear Inequalities
Graphing the Solution Set of a System of Inequalities
Solving for Maxima-Minima
Applying Linear Programming

The Binomial Theorem, Sequences, and Series

Using the Binomial Theorem
Binomial Coefficients
Finding a Term of a Binomial Expansion
General and Specific Terms
Understanding Sequence Problems
Series Notation, Definitions and Evaluating
Solving Problems Involving Arithmetic Sequences
Finding the Sum of an Arithmetic Sequence
Solving Problems Involving Geometric Sequences
Finding the Sum of a Geometric Sequence
Frequently Asked Questions for Thinkwell's College Algebra CLEP® Prep

How do Thinkwell courses work?

Your student watches a 5-10 minute online video lesson, completes the automatically graded exercises for the topic with instant correct-answer feedback, then moves on to the next lesson! The courses are self-paced, or you can use the daily lesson plans. Just like a textbook, you can choose where to start and end, or follow the entire course.

When does my 12-month online subscription start?

It starts when you're ready. You can have instant access to your online subscription when you purchase online, or you can purchase now and start later.

Is Thinkwell College Algebra CLEP Prep certified by the College Board®?

The College Board® doesn't certify textbooks or learning materials for CLEP exams. Their website suggests consulting college calculus textbooks for preparation. Thinkwell's College Algebra by Dr. Burger has been in use at colleges for years.

Does my student get school credit for Thinkwell College Algebra CLEP Prep®?

No, this course is specifically to prepare for the CLEP exam.

What’s the difference between the Thinkwell College Algebra course and the College Algebra CLEP® Prep version?

Thinkwell's Calculus CLEP® Prep covers only the material required for the CLEP exam.

What if my student needs access to the course for more than 12 months?

You can extend your subscription for $19.95/month.

Can I share access with more than one student?

The courses are designed and licensed to accommodate one student per username and password; additional students need to purchase online access. This allows parents to keep track of each student's progress and grades.

How long does it take to complete Thinkwell College Algebra CLEP Prep®?

The pace of your course is up to you, but most students will schedule one semester.

Can I see my grade?

Thinkwell courses track everything your student does. When logged in, your student can click "My Grades" to see their progress.

How are grades calculated?

Because the course is specifically to prepare for the College Algebra CLEP exam, a final grade is not calculated. Results for all assessments are tracked, however.

What is acceptable performance on the exams?

As a homeschool parent, you decide the level of performance you want your student to achieve; the course does not limit access to topics based on performance on prior topics.

Can I get a transcript?

Yes, there's a final grade report print option in the My Grades section. Contact with any questions.

What if I change my mind and want to do a different math course, can I change?

If you discover that you should be in a different course, contact within one week of purchase and we will move you to the appropriate course.

Can I print the exercises?

Yes, but completing the exercises online provides immediate correct answer feedback and automatic scoring, so we recommend answering the exercises online.

Are exercises multiple choice?

The exercises are multiple choice and they are graded automatically with correct answer solutions.

What is Thinkwell's Refund Policy?

We offer a full refund of 12-month subscription purchases within 14 days of purchase, no questions asked. For Essential Review courses, the refund period is 3 days. Optional printed materials are printed on demand and the sales are final.

How does my school review this course?

Should your school need to review a Thinkwell course for any reason, have the school contact and we can provide them access to a demo site.

Do I get credits for a Thinkwell course?

Generally, only schools can award credits, and Thinkwell is not a school. We can provide you with a certificate of completion and a grade report. However, if you’re pursuing credit with a particular school or institution, it might be helpful to know that Thinkwell math courses are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as a Supplementary Education Program. For California students, Thinkwell is also an approved A-G online publisher.

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