# What Should You Know About Algebra by umar34

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There are different kinds of problems on tests that you should be prepared for, but what kinds of
algebra problems are typically on them? Here are a few different things that you should be aware of:
 Pre-algebra: You will need to a wide variety of pre-algebraic functions. You should
definitely know how to do operations containing whole numbers, decimals, fractions, integers,
place value, square roots and approximations, the rules and concept of exponents, scientific
notation, factors, ratio, proportion, percentages, linear equations in one variable, absolute values
and ordering numbers by value, elementary counting techniques and simple probability, data
collection and representation and interpretation, and understanding simple descriptive statistics.
 Elementary algebra: You will need to know some elementary algebra as well as pre-algebra.
These questions will be based on properties of exponents and square roots, the evaluation of
algebraic expressions through substitution, using variables to express functional relationships,
understanding different algebraic operations, and the solution of quadratic equations by factoring.
 Intermediate algebra: There will most likely be a small amount of intermediate algebra on
any kind of college-bound test that you plan to take. These kinds of problems will most likely be
based on understanding different formulas, such as the quadratic formula, rational and radical
expressions, absolute value equations and inequalities, sequences and patters, systems of
equations, quadratic inequalities, functions, modeling, matrices, roots of polynomials, and
complex numbers. It is also very important to remember that you will need to know the basics
about algebra in order to do these problems. For example, it is good to know the quadratic
formula, but unless you know the different order of operations, you won’t be able to solve these
problems.
A lot of people are afraid of math, but algebra certainly isn’t anything to be afraid of. With just a
little bit of practice, you can ace any test that is thrown your way.

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