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by Grace

My name is Grace, parent of a 6th grader. She has been in GT since 3rd grade, and so far doing well in her subjects. She is taking Advance math. She told me that she needs to take an Algebra test. Based on that she will be in Pre-algebra or Algebra 1 in 7th grade.

How can I prepare her to take that test and what are topics should I cover?

I need some guide lines. Please tell me more about Pre-algebra, and Algebra 1.


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Apr 13, 2010
Algebra Placements
by: Karin

Hi Grace,

It sounds like your daughter is doing very well in school. Many students who are on a GT track in Math begin Algebra 1 in 7th grade. These students have a very strong foundation in math and have the determination and study skills to be successful.

Algebra 1 is a high school course and in most states, a requirement for high school graduation.

I'll start by explaining the difference between Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1.

Pre-algebra is designed for students who need to continue building their math foundation in order to be prepared and successful in Algebra 1. Many students who are high performers in school, take Pre-Algebra in 7th grade and Algebra 1 in 8th grade.

The following skills are taught in most Pre-algebra classes:
Fundamentals of Graphing
Ratio/ Proportions/ Percents
Statistics and Probability
Using Formulas
Solving One and Two step equations/ inequalities

The skills taught in Algebra 1, can be found on the following page:


Also, a list of courses taken based on a child's 7th grade placement, can be found here:


The placement test is designed to place your child in the class where she will be most successful. However, many teachers also take into consideration your child's grades, motivation, and determination in their current course.

If you want to help your child prepare for the test, I would focus on the skills in the Basic Algebra section of Algebra-class.com.


You can also have your daughter take the Algebra Readiness Test:


I would also take a look at one and two-step equations:


If you have any questions or concerns, don't be afraid to contact your child's teacher. He/she will have more information about what is tested on the particular test for your school district.
Teachers like to have the parents involved :)

I hope that this information is useful for you! Best of luck to you and your daughter.

All the best,

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