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
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
Laws of exponents and square roots
Solving word problems
Intermediate Algebra concepts include
Inequalities – solving and evaluating
Solving systems of equations- 2 variables
Sequences – arithmetic and geometric
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