# Do I Need Algebra II?

** “What level of math should I complete before I take the SAT?”**

Just over a third of the mathematics questions address the following concepts:In my experience, students have been exposed to all these concepts in Algebra I. The underlying question really is about a student’s confidence and ability. In my area, stronger math students take Algebra I in 8th grade and by junior year are taking Pre-Calculus. Students who struggle in math wait a year to take Algebra I and by junior year are only beginning Algebra II. So the math class represents a struggle with concepts and skills more than it is a lack of information needed to solve questions. To answer the question, you should take the SAT for the first time your junior year no matter what level of math you are taking at school. It is more important to complete your first attempt at the SAT than to finish an entire year of Algebra II.]]>

- Substitution and simplifying algebraic expressions
- Properties of exponents
- Algebraic word problems
- Solutions of linear equations and inequalities
- Systems of equations and inequalities
- Quadratic equations
- Rational and radical equations
- Equations of lines
- Absolute value
- Direct and inverse variation
- Concepts of algebraic functions
- Newly defined symbols based on commonly used operations