This web-based program gives a quiz and review on those sections of algebra which are most important in Intermediate Algebra. The results of the quiz are not recorded: the only purpose is to hone skills in algebra.
"I think the main reason students do poorly in Intermediate Algebra has little to do with the course itself. It has to do with poor or forgotten algebra skills. ... some of the material which they did not master in Elementary Algebra is essential for success in Intermediate Algebra."(David Lovelock, author of the original "Are You Ready?" programs.)
One of the problems we encounter while teaching intermediate algebra is that many students do not have the mathematical skills which are essential for success. This is true even though the prerequisite course (Beginning Algebra) has been passed. To address this problem, the Mathematics Department of the University of Arizona decided to write a computer program which a student can use before starting intermediate algebra. This program would quiz the student on all sections of algebra which are essential to intermediate algebra. In other words, it would not review all of intermediate algebra, but would concentrate on those areas which are actually needed in intermediate algebra(i.e. decimals and exponents, numbers and expressions, factors and fractions, and linear equations).