The Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) is given to 6th graders in Fairfax County Public Schools to determine placement in middle school Math. In Loudoun County, Iowa Pre-Algebra Aptitude Test it is given to 5th graders. If you aiming for TJHSST entrance test, we encourage you to prepare your child for advanced Math placement in 6th or 7th grade.
The IAAT 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.
The IAAT is a timed test consisting of 60 items divided evenly into four subtests. The time limit of 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.
Using Symbols – This section measures how well students understand some of the important symbols of algebra.
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.
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.
The IAAT content varies per year. In our experience, the difficulty increases. The content covers Math 6, 7, 8, and some Algebra 1. Students in Advanced Academic Program in FCPS usually cover only up to Math 7 in the sixth grade. We front load the concepts that the students have not learned at their regular school yet.