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Eighth-grade students across the state will take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment test in math in April. Teachers at the Willmar Middle School are a little anxious about the new test -- the MCA III -- which will be heavy in algebra and will be given online for the first time this year. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Are you smarter than an eighth-grader?

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Take a look at the state's sample math test for eighth-graders, chock full of algebra problems, and, depending on your memory and your age, you may think:


Wow, I've forgotten a lot.

Umm, what does that word mean?

Did I ever learn this in the first place?

Wait, this is for eighth-graders?

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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