Basic Algebra – Grade 7 & 8*

*Refers to the level of mathematics and not to the actual age.

The course will cover the following topics:

    • algebraic expressions
    • systems of equations
    • sequences and series
    • polynomials
    • quadratic equations
    • systems of linear inequalities

Basic Algebra is highly recommended before taking more advanced courses including Competitive Math I and II. Students with the top performance in Basic Algebra will automatically qualify for Competitive Math I.

2023/24 Course Information

The course will run from September 27, 2023 to April 2024 on Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm (with a break in December).

Class location: Herzberg Building, room 4351.

There will be a free Admission Test for this course held on Sunday September 10, 10:00-11:00am in Richcraft Hall, room RB2200. Registration for this free test is required.

To succeed at the Admission Test for the Basic Algebra, students are expected to have strong knowledge of mathematics at grade 6 level. To ensure equal opportunities for all students, we do not release any further details about this test.

Students who are registered for Admission Tests in both Basic Algebra and Fundamentals of Geometry I should only write the test for Basic Algebra. For such students admission into Fundamentals of Geometry I will be based on the test for Basic Algebra.

Registration Information

Registration fee: $490.

Please register for a (free) Admission Test before September 1. Those who register for the Test will be sent information about the test location 1 week prior to the test. If you plan to write this test, please do not register for online course “Problem Solving in Algebra” – we will not be closing registrations in online courses before October 1.


Students who passed the Admission Test will be issued special registration codes that are required to complete the registration. Please note that these codes are personalized, course-specific, and non-transferable.


For students with limited financial resources fee waivers may be available. Please do not apply for a Fee Waiver before you pass the Admission Test.

Fee Waiver Information and Application

Refund Policy

100% refund prior to August 31st
95% refund prior to September 30th
75% refund prior to October 31st
50% refund prior to November 30th

To request refund, please complete this form before the deadline.

For details please write to the Course Instructor Professor Song Cai:
**Please note we are unable to answer any inquiries by phone.**

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