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ALGEBRA 1 PLACEMENT TEST

Placement Test Instructions

This placement test can help you determine whether your child is ready for the Algebra 1

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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Answer each question below.

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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