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Placement Tests


We’ve provided these Placement Tests to help determine the best level for your student to begin with in the Math-U-See curriculum.

The Placement Tests are made up of two parts. The first part tests computation skills, while the second part (word problems) focuses on thinking skills, and tests the student’s understanding of the concepts. Remember, we want to build understanding and not just memorization; knowing when to use math concepts is just as important as knowing how to do math. Click on a link below for the test you want. If you have a student who is new to math or you are unsure where to begin, you may choose to begin with the one-page PreTest.

General Math Students

For younger students or students who are struggling with math, we find that best place to start when determining proper placement is with the Alpha Placement Test. This starting point may seem unnecessary for every student, especially those in upper elementary, but parents are often surprised to find that a misunderstood arithmetic computation concept is what is actually hindering a student’s overall progress in mathematics. While your student is taking the placement test, watch for things such as whether they are using finger counting, touch points, or tally marks; also watch for patterns such as missing steps, careless errors, or incorrect methods. Careful observation of the test-taking can often reveal difficulties your student is having with a particular concept much better than simply basing understanding on a right or wrong answer.

If you know your student can count to ten verbally, recognize the numbers 0 to 10, and is ready for formalized instruction, then we recommend starting with the Alpha Placement Test. If the student demonstrates mastery of the Alpha level, move to the Beta level and work higher from there. If your student is struggling with basic number recognition, we suggest starting with Primer. If you have any doubts or questions, please contact a Customer Service Representative — we’ll be happy to help.

General Math Placement Tests

Secondary Math Students

If you have a Secondary Math student and feel that you know approximately where your student should start, please feel free to jump directly into the appropriate Placement Test for the level in question or call us to discuss proper levels. If you’re not sure whether your student has “demonstrated proficiency” on the level or is struggling with the concepts, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you interpret the results.

If, at any point, the Placement Test process is not extremely clear, please do not hesitate to call us to help with placing your child. We know how important it is to you to ensure that your child is properly placed, and we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

Secondary Math Placement Tests