Placement Tests


Placement Tests

The Saxon curriculum is based on skill level and not grade level. It is very important to make sure your child is placed in the correct level course/text. Sometimes parents get so excited that their child loves math and seems so good at it that they put them in the level they want them to be at instead of the level they are actually at. Challenging students is important, however, you don't want to challenge them to the point where it becomes too hard or to the point where you're helping too much. In math there will always be some areas, skills, or topics that seem too easy and some that seem too hard. If that is the case, your child is in the right place. They will be both encouraged and challenged. Below are Saxon's placement tests. I encourage you to use them and be wise about scoring them. Please! Put your child in the level that fits them best.

These placement tests include directions on how to use and score them. 


     (Includes Alg 1, Alg2, Advanced Math, and Calculus)

If you're having trouble with the upper grades placement, try one of these: 

Level of Difficulty

Some curricula is written in units. Students learn all about triangles and then don't see problems about triangles for the rest of the year. Saxon is a spiraling curriculum. Students will be introduced to many different concepts each week and they will be revisited for weeks and will often increase in difficulty. This is so that each concept is introduced, practiced, and then tested. 

In about the first quarter of the book the lessons of every text are remind and review of what the student has learned so far. By the middle of the second quarter lessons should be getting more challenging and it may seem that they move really fast. By the 4th quarter students should feel challenged and may struggle with a few concepts. This is the way Saxon works its magic.

Too Easy - Your child can read and understand the directions and perform the problems with 80% accuracy without help. Wait a bit and see how long that happens before you think about jumping them into the next text. Perhaps pull some tests from further along in the book to see how they perform. You don't want them to move so fast that they end up with gaps of unlearned skills or information.

Just Right - Your child can read and understand the directions and perform the problems with 80% accuracy with some help on some topics. They may have questions regarding some skills and need clarification. 

Too Hard - Your child has difficulty understanding many of the directions and performs below 70% on tests. Your child needs your help with nearly every problem.