Placement Tests

These tests are for classroom use. If you are a homeschool parent, please use our homeschool Placement Tool.

The Placement Tests help determine the best level for a student to begin within the Math-U-See curriculum.

While the student is taking the Placement Test, the teacher should document observations regarding whether the student is using finger counting, touch points, or tally marks; other patterns should be noted such as missing steps, careless errors, or incorrect methods. These observations should be recorded on the Class Placement Data Sheet* or in a similar fashion.


If the student can recognize, read, and write the numbers 0-10, begin with the Alpha Placement Test. If, while taking that test, the student demonstrates mastery of Alpha content and the prerequisite skills for Beta, then the student can progress through the tests until the appropriate entry level is found. Please refer to the Math-U-See Professional Development Module (provided as part of the In-Service Training) on Placement for the prerequisite skills for each level (contact us to learn more about the In-Service Training we can provide).

Note: The Primer level of Math-U-See is generally not recommended for students in an intervention program. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation so we can help you to determine if Primer would be appropriate in your educational setting.

General Education

If the student is in grades K-3 and can recognize, read, and write the numbers 0-10, begin with the Alpha Placement Test. Kindergarten-aged students who do not meet these requirements can be placed in Primer. If the student is older, begin with the PreTest. If the student misses more than one problem at any level on the PreTest, administer the Placement Test for that level.

*For those with Professional Access, the Class Placement Data Sheet can be downloaded as a Word document. Contact us to learn more about the documentation and support provided with Math-U-See Professional Access.

If you have any questions about administering the Placement Tests, please contact us.


General Math Placement Tests

Secondary Math Placement Tests

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