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Is Your Child Ready for Algebra?

by : MathRise
posted on : 12/12/2012

Tips to make sure you child is prepared

Make sure your child is ready for higher math by having them take a FREE Algebra Readiness Check-Up online.

If your child is in elementary, middle, or high school, you may be wondering whether or not they have the basic math skills required to tackle Algebra successfully.

The basic math skills a student must master prior to learning Algebra is quite extensive.

These skills include:

All basic Operations

• Addition

• Subtraction

• Multiplication

• Division

Advanced Concepts

• integers and expressions

• fractional notation

• decimals and percents

• graphing and statistics

Advanced Concepts

• ratios and proportions

• geometric measurements

• polynomials

• and much, much more.

That’s a lot to keep track of!

Luckily for you, we’ve done some of the legwork and created an online Algebra readiness quiz to assist you in determining your child’s readiness.  Have your child follow the link below to take the quiz:

Algebra readiness is a normal and healthy concern, especially when you consider Algebra is the gateway to several advanced math subjects like trigonometry, physics, and calculus. Proficiency in advanced math courses, beginning with Algebra, is necessary for success in high school and college, not to mention most “new economy” careers.

Statistically it is painful to know that more than one-third of all beginning Algebra students will fail the first time around and be required to repeat the entire course again.  This sad scenario makes it all the more important to place some focus on this issue now.

The reality is that even if your child has been an A or B math student through elementary school, they still may not be prepared for Algebra.  Unfortunately, most of today’s elementary and middle school (junior high) students have been educated during the modern age of “standardized testing” and “online curriculums”.

Many times, today’s students lack the knowledge to proficiently solve real life, practical problems.

It’s just a fact quizzes with fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice answers are not going to produce great students.  They are easy for machines to grade though.

Additionally, our children are being raised in paperless, online curriculums.  I’m sure each of us remembers the old days of carrying (or wheeling) a heavy backpack full of heavy textbooks.  No more.  Today’s students are required to perform all of their research and homework online.

Who needs physical books?  They are quite costly to cash-strapped schools, right?

However, this book-less age sure does make it difficult to assist your children when they are having problems with their homework, doesn’t it?

Also curious is the fact that some teachers actually encourage their students to use a calculator in class. This perpetuates the “dumbing down” process that we’re all quite used to, making it even more difficult for your child to succeed as the math gets tougher.

In mathematics, Algebra is where the rubber meets the road. There’s no faking, guessing, or deducing Algebra – You either know how to apply basic math skills or you don’t.

 

 Below you will find the Algebra Readiness Test. The test is divided into sections according to skill.  You can also print a PDF version of the Algebra Readiness Test with answer Key.

*to open a PDF file you need the free Adobe Reader

**No calculators please!

When finished, review your incorrect answers and review the related math topics as required.

If you miss several problems, we recommend you find a professional math tutor in your area.

Good Luck!

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