Algebra for the ACT

ACT Instructor Tracey of Prepped & Polished,, shares an overview of Algebra for the ACT Exam.

Overview of the ACT Algebra Concepts

Algebra is a little more than 50% of the math section on the ACT.

Pre-algebra is 23% of the math questions, and there are 14 questions on this topic. Elementary algebra is 17% of the math questions with 10 questions on this topic, and intermediate algebra is 15% of math questions with 9 questions on this topic.

Pre-algebra concepts include

  • Numbers – numbers knowing positive/negative, rational and irrational, consecutive integers
  • Orders of operation – PEMDAS
  • Factors of numbers, including prime factors
  • Operations with Fractions – add, subtract, multiply and divide
  • Percentage problems
  • Patios and proportions
  • Basic statistics such as mean, median, mode, simple counting and combination problems.

Elementary Algebra concepts include

  • Substituting values into an equation
  • Operations on polynomials – add, subtract, multiply and divide
  • Factoring polynomials using the FOIL method
  • Solving equations
  • Laws of exponents and square roots
  • Solving word problems

Intermediate Algebra concepts include

  • Inequalities – solving and evaluating
  • Solving systems of equations- 2 variables
  • Quadratic formula
  • Functions
  • Logarithms
  • Matrices
  • Variation
  • Sequences – arithmetic and geometric
  • Complex numbers

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