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The IAAT (Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test) is a timed test. The actual testing time is 40 minutes.
Additional time is required for completing the identifying information on the answer sheet,
hearing directions, etc. So actual time in the testing room is approximately 70 minutes.

Description of the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test

The IAAT is a timed test consisting of 60 items divided evenly into four subtests. The time limit
for each subtest is 10 minutes. The four subtests are:

Pre-Algebraic Number Skills and Concepts

The items on this subtest measure a student’s computational skills, understanding of

mathematical concepts and the ability to solve mathematics problems.

Interpreting Mathematical Information

The items on this part are based upon information presented in graphs or upon definitions of
mathematical terms or operations. The items assess how well a student can learn new material
presented in graphs or text.

Representing Relationships

For each of the exercises in this part of the test, the student must find the rule that represents the
given numerical relationship. Some of the items present the relationship in table form while
others present the relationship in verbal form.

Using Symbols

The last part measure how well students understand some of the important symbols of algebra
and how they are used.
Sample Items

The following items are intended to illustrate the four item types that appear on the Iowa Algebra
Aptitude Test. They are not intended to illustrate the difficulty level of the actual test items.

S1. x + 3y = 12

If y is made less, what must happen to x for the statement to remain true?

A) It remains the same.

B) It becomes greater.
C) It becomes less.
D) Not enough information to tell.

S2. If Sunny has a string that is x inches long, cuts it in half and then cuts one of
the resulting parts into thirds, how long is each of those final pieces?

A) 6x
B) x÷6
C) 2x ÷ 3
D) x÷3

S3. Look at the numbers in the two columns below. Use the pattern between the numbers
in the two columns to determine what number should be in the empty cell.

First Second
Number Number

1 3
6 8
11 13

A) n+5
B) n + 11
C) n+2
D) n–2