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ALGEBRA 1 PLACEMENT TEST
Placement Test Instructions
Teaching Textbook. The test is not perfect, so in making any final placement decision also use
common sense.
The student should work independently without the use of a calculator. It is not necessary to time
the test, but most students will finish in less than 1 1 hours.
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Scoring
The test is divided into two sections. Section 1 includes problems 1 - 15. This is the simpler part
of the test, covering material from the first half of our Pre-Algebra product. Section 2 includes
problems 16 - 30. It is the more difficult part of the test, covering material from the second half
of our Pre-Algebra product.
The student is probably ready for Algebra 1 if he/she makes the following scores on the two
sections.
10 or more correct on Section 1 (problems 1 - 15)
and 8 or more correct on Section 2 (problems 16 - 30)
If the student's score falls below this level, the Pre-Algebra Teaching Textbook is probably a
better starting point.
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TEACHING TEXTBOOKS
Algebra 1 Placement Test
Section 1
1. Convert 7 to a decimal.
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2. The water tank had a maximum capacity of 84 gallons. If the tank was 2 full, how
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many gallons of water did it have?
3. George cut 2 of the pie and put that giant piece on his plate. Then he ate 1 of that
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piece. What fraction of the original pie did George eat?
4. 15 has how many 3 s in it?
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5. Write 5.6% as a decimal.
6. What is 45% of 175?
7. What percent of 52 is 12? Round your answer to the nearest tenth.
8. Convert 32% to a fraction. Make sure your answer is fully reduced.
Do each unit conversion below.
9. How many inches are in 35 feet?
10. Convert 15,840 feet into miles. (1 mile = 1,760 yards; 1 yard = 3 feet)
11. How many millimeters are in 4.511 meters?
12. Convert 140 square feet into square inches.
Calculate the value of each expression below.
13. 3(-9 +17) 14. 5(-8) - 21 15. (2 3)3
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ALGEBRA 1 PLACEMENT TEST
Section 2
Solve each equation below.
16. x -14 = 39 17. x + 1 = 3 18. 2x -15 = 43
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19. y + 4 = 15 20. 5x + 6x = 99 21. 7(x + 4) = 105
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Reduce each fraction below.
22. 5 23. 3x2
25x 12x6
Simplify each expression below. Make sure any fractions are fully reduced.
24. 9x - 2x 25. 2x 5x 26. 3y + 7 y
25 16x 13 26
27. 3 - 4
2z 5z
Translate each problem below into an equation and solve.
28. How long did it take Ted to drive (in his new sports car) 272 miles if his average speed
was 68 mph?
29. Mr. Drysdale earned \$906.25 in interest in one year on money that he had deposited in
his local bank. If the bank paid an interest rate of 6.25%, how much money did Mr.
Drysdale deposit?
30. There's some number that if you subtract 15 from it first, and then multiply that total by
7, the result is 28. Find the number.
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