Placement: Math

  • Decision Tool for Math Placement 4th - 12th Grade

    IS THE LAST COURSE THE STUDENT COMPLETED (or will complete) A SAXON MATH COURSE? Yes: Click Here No: See Dr. Shormann's Placement Recommendations below. SELECT THE GRADE THE STUDENT WILL BE IN. 7th Grade or higher and has completed Pre-Algebra: Skip to Next Question 4th - 8th Grade 9th Grad...
  • Can I switch to Saxon or Shormann Math before completing my current math course?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant Saxon Math Users Click Here: Can I switch to Shormann Math All Other Publishers (not Saxon or Shormann Math): Select Your Course Algebra 1
  • Do I have to complete all the lessons in Saxon or Shormann Math before starting the next course?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant Important Note for Saxon Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, or Advanced Math If your student has completed less than 70 lessons or is struggling, you may want to consider switching to Shormann Math before completing the Saxon course. Learn More: Switch to Shor...
  • I have not finished my Saxon course. Can I switch to Shormann Math now?

    Select Your Current Course Saxon Algebra 1 Saxon Algebra 2 Saxon Geometry Saxon Advanced Math Saxon Calculus
  • My student completed an Integrated Math 1 course. Which Shormann Math course should be taken?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant Average Math Student Or Student Struggled in Integrated Math Start with Shormann Algebra 1. While there will be some review, this review will develop fluency, building a strong foundation for learning new concepts. Since Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 teach all t...
  • My student completed Singapore 6a & b. What do you recommend next?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant Dr. Shormann recommends these students take Pre-Algebra using our new Shormann Interactive Prealgebra as it does an excellent job of preparing students for Algebra 1. Featuring daily video lessons, interactive homework, automated grading, grade recording, a s...
  • My child is taking Saxon Algebra 1. Should I switch to Shormann Algebra 1 now?

    WHAT LESSON IS YOUR STUDENT CURRENTLY ON? Lesson 61 or Higher: CLICK HERE Lessons 1-60 or is struggling in Saxon: See Below IF YOUR STUDENT IS ON LESSONS 1-60 OR IS STRUGGLING IN LESSONS 61 OR HIGHER: Yes! As long as your student is Ready for Algebra 1, Dr. Shormann recommends switching to Sho...
  • Should I switch from Saxon Advanced Math to Shormann Precalculus?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant If your student has completed 1/2 of the book or less, is struggling, taking too long, etc, it is usually better to switch to Shormann Precalculus. Many students struggle in Saxon Advanced Math because it does not have the lesson reference numbers next to eac...
  • What do you recommend for Pre-Algebra?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant After 20 years of teaching math to hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers around the world, I believe that DIVE + Saxon Math 8/7, 3rd Edition provides the best preparation for Algebra 1. Even students who previously struggled in math, then complete this cours...
  • Placement: My student completed (or will complete) a Saxon Math course.

    IF YOU DID NOT USE Saxon Math, Click Here IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SWITCH BEFORE COMPLETING THE CURRENT SAXON COURSE, CLICK HERE SELECT THE LAST SAXON MATH COURSE THE STUDENT HAS COMPLETED OR WILL COMPLETE: Completed: Saxon Advanced Math Completed: Saxon Algebra 2 Completed: Saxon Algebra 1 Com...
  • Can I switch from Saxon to Shormann Math and skip some of the lessons?

    No. While there may be some review, Shormann Algebra 1 teaches many concepts not taught in Saxon Algebra 1. For example, Shormann includes  1/2 credit of geometry while Saxon only has 1/3 credit. Shormann also teaches computer math, technology applications (ie: Geometer's Sketchpad, Graphing app,...
  • My student is taking CLE Algebra 1. Should I switch to Shormann Algebra 1 now?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant Because Shormann Math integrates geometry and algebra, teaches every concept on the newly redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as the ACT, and CLEP College Algebra exam (3 college credits), I recommend switching to Shormann Algebra 1 as soon as possible. Can I s...
  • My student is currently taking Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1. Should I switch to Shormann Algebra 1 now?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant Because Shormann Math integrates geometry and algebra, teaches every concept on the newly redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as the ACT, and CLEP College Algebra exam (3 college credits), I recommend switching to Shormann Algebra 1 as soon as possible. Can I s...
  • My student took Saxon Algebra 1 and is now taking Saxon Geometry. Can I switch to Shormann Algebra 2.

    I recommend you go ahead and switch to Shormann Algebra 2 with Integrated Geometry. Upon completion, 1 full credit of geometry and 1 full credit of Algebra 2 is earned. Shormann Algebra 2 also provides excellent preparation for the PSAT, SAT, as well as the ACT, college math courses, and the CLE...
  • My student completed Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition

    DID THE STUDENT USE THE THIRD EDITION OF SAXON ALGEBRA 1.     No: CLICK HERE. Yes: Continue below SELECT THE ONE THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR STUDENT My student failed Saxon Algebra 1 My student did not finish Saxon Algebra 1 My student passed, but struggled in Saxon Algebra 1 My student earned a...
  • What should a student take after Saxon Math 8/7?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant Students who have successfully completed Math 8/7 (2nd or 3rd edition) with a test average of 80+ and accurately complete the Facts Practice drills in 5-7 minutes, should skip Saxon Algebra ½ and take Shormann Interactive Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry. S...
  • Which math course do you recommend for 7th Grade?

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant Regardless of which curriculum was previously used, if the student has memorized multiplication facts to 9 and does not have learning disabilities, Dr. Shormann recommends Math 8/7. If multiplication facts to 9 have not been mastered or there is a learning di...
  • Is my child ready for Algebra 1?

    Select the link below for detailed information on determining if your child is ready for Algebra 1 and what to do if they are not. Is my child ready for Algebra 1
  • Placement: My student completed Algebra 1 & Algebra 2 but has not taken Geometry.

    Students in this situation can use Shormann Algebra 2 with Integrated Geometry to earn 1 full credit of geometry*. Better than a stand-alone geometry course, Shormann Algebra 2 also develops and maintains fluency in algebraic skills which makes it easier to learn Precalculus and improves scores o...
  • My student completed an Algebra 1 course that did not include Geometry. Which course do you recommend?

    Please see this article: Student Completed Algebra 1- No Geometry Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant
  • My student is taking Saxon Algebra 2. Should I switch to Shormann Algebra 2.

    WHAT LESSON IS YOUR STUDENT CURRENTLY ON? Lesson 61 or Higher: If your student is struggling, see the article below. Otherwise, CLICK HERE Lessons 1-60: See Below STUDENT COMPLETED LESSONS 1-60 OR IS STRUGGLING IN LESSONS 61 OR HIGHER: Because Shormann Math teaches concepts on the new PSAT &am...
  • My student used Math U See for pre-algebra. Is my student ready for Shormann Algebra 1?

    Yes! While there are some gaps between Math-U-See Pre-Algebra and Shormann Algebra 1, the first 25 lessons of Shormann Algebra 1 are the review of pre-algebra, ensuring the student builds a firm foundation for the remainder of the course. The most important skills for success in Algebra 1 are fr...
  • My student used Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra. Is he ready for Shormann Algebra 1?

    Good Math Students Because TT Pre-Algebra is fairly weak, there are some gaps between Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra and Shormann Algebra 1. However a good math student, who knows their multiplication/division tables and completed TT Pre-Algebra with an 85 or higher,  can fill these gaps by com...
  • SAXON MATH 8/7 is too easy for my student.

    Saxon Math 8/7 does have a lot of review of foundational math skills. However, this review is required to develop fluency (accuracy and speed) in the skills needed to excel in Algebra 1. Learn More If you think your student may be ready for Algebra 1, give the student the Facts Practice Test L a...
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  • What should I take after Saxon Algebra 2?

    1. Did your student use the SECOND OR THIRD Edition of Saxon Algebra 2? NO: CLICK HERE YES: Continue to the Next Question 2. Did the student score an 85 or higher on the last 5 Saxon Algebra 2 tests with a one hour time limit? NO: Go to the next question. YES: Shormann Precalculus is recomme...
  • My student completed Algebra 1 (other publisher). Which course do you recommend?

    Has your student completed at least 1/2 of a Geometry course? Yes: See Dr. Shormann's recommendations here: Algebra 1 & Geometry No: See Dr. Shormann's recommendations here: Algebra 1 Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant
  • Placement: My Student Completed Geometry & Algebra 1

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant If your student: Struggled or is a Reluctant Math Student: See My student struggled in Algebra 1 or Geometry Successfully Completed Algebra 1 and Geometry: The student should be ready for Shormann Algebra 2 Read the FAQs below. Can I skip the Geometry lesson...
  • What should I take after Pre-Algebra?

    We recommend Shormann Algebra 1 and Integrated Chemistry and Physics Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant
  • Math Student Placement Chart and Placement Tests

    The articles below have detailed information on selecting the best math course for your child. Math: Student Placement Chart & Tests Science: Student Placement Chart
  • Can my student skip Pre-Algebra?

    Our standard pre-requisite for Algebra 1 is Pre-Algebra. However, if you have a gifted math student that you think is ready for Algebra 1 without taking pre-algebra, take this Placement Test for Saxon Algebra 1. If the student did not pass the placement test, Dr. Shormann recommends: DIVE Saxon ...
  • Failed or did not finish Saxon Algebra 1, Third Edition

    DID THE STUDENT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A PRE-ALGEBRA COURSE? No: See: Student failed or didn't finish Pre-Algebra Yes: See below. STUDENT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED PRE-ALGEBRA, BUT FAILED SAXON ALGEBRA 1 Dr. Shormann recommends these students re-take Algebra 1 using Shormann Algebra 1 with Integ...
  • If my student completed Geometry, can he skip the geometry lessons in Shormann Algebra 2?

    To ensure the student develops fluency (speed and accuracy) in the concepts required to learn all the lessons in the course and prepare for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT, Dr. Shormann recommends all students start with Lesson 1 and complete all lessons as instructed. While there may be some review, most...
  • My Student completed Discovering Mathematics Singapore 7a and 7b

    It seems that Discovering Math 7A & B are only the first half of pre-algebra and that the remaining pre-algebra concepts are taught in 8A & B. If that is the correct, They should take DIVE + Saxon 8/7 (Pre-algebra). If you think your students are ready for Shormann Algebra 1 now, see th...
  • My student is 75% finished with Saxon 8/7 but wants to take Algebra 1/2 with his class.

    Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant Saxon 87, 2nd or 3rd Edition does the best job of preparing students for Algebra 1. Dr. Shormann's general recommendation is to complete Saxon 87, skip Saxon Algebra 1/2, then go directly to Algebra 1. Learn More: Do you recommend Saxon Algebra ½? But, if yo...
  • My student is failing a different publisher's Algebra 1. Can he take Shormann Algebra 1?

    Note: If your student did not successfully complete pre-algebra or is a reluctant math student, see Dr. Shormann's recommendations here: Pre-Algebra Drills in Shormann Math develop fluency in the essential skills for Algebra 1 Students who successfully completed pre-algebra but struggle in Alg...
  • Placement: Student Completed Video Text Mondule A, B, or C

    COMPLETED MODULE A (or less) If all multiplication facts to 9 have been memorized, Dr Shormann recommends DIVE + Saxon 8/7 with Pre-Algebra, Third Edition (link to d/s 87-3). This is a Pre-Algebra course which provides excellent preparation for Algebra 1. If multiplication facts to 9 have not be...
  • Singapore New Math D 2: Switch to Shormann Math?

    Singapore NEM Syllabus D 2 is roughly equivalent to Algebra 1. Since your student is only halfway through, he is not ready for Shormann Algebra 2. Dr. Shormann recommends either taking Shormann Algebra 1 or complete Singapore D2 then start Shormann Algebra 2. Don't worry, if he takes Shormann Alg...
  • Student completed VideoText Algebra Module C or D

    Since your student has only completed the equivalent of Algebra 1 and has not taken Geometry, please see Dr. Shormann's recommendations here: Completed Algebra 1 - No Geometry If you prefer to discuss this with a consultant, please contact us: Contact Student Placement Consultant
  • Student is beyond lesson 60 in Saxon Algebra 1. Should we switch to Shormann Algebra 1?

    IS THE STUDENT USING THE FOURTH EDITION OF SAXON ALGEBRA 1? YES: CLICK HERE NO: Continue to next question. IS THE STUDENT STRUGGLING IN SAXON? YES: Dr. Shormann recommends switching to Shormann Math now. Read the section titled, "Lessons 1-60" here: Should I Switch to Shormann Algebra 1 NO...
  • Student is past lesson 60 in Saxon Algebra 2. Should he switch to Shormann Algebra 2 now?

    IS THE STUDENT USING THE FOURTH EDITION OF SAXON ALGEBRA 2? YES: CLICK HERE NO: Continue to next question. IS THE STUDENT STRUGGLING? Yes: Student is Struggling: Read the article under Lessons 1-60 here: Should I Switch to Shormann Algebra 2 No: Student is Not Struggling: Dr. Shormann rec...
  • Student passed, but struggled in Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition

    Did the student score a 70 or Higher on the last 5 Tests? YES: You can try using our Remediation Plan to repeat the last 30 lessons or you can re-take Algebra 1 using Shormann Math (see below) NO:  Fluency (speed and accuracy) in Algebra 1 skills is essential for learning Algebra 2. I recommend...
  • What should I take after Saxon Advanced Math?

    Student Completed Saxon Advanced Math, 2nd Edition Good Math Student with Test Average of 80% or Higher on 1 hour Timed Tests These students should be ready for Shormann Calculus. There is a small gap between Saxon Advanced Math and Shormann Calculus. However, these concepts can be learned in th...
  • What should I take after the Fourth edition of Saxon Algebra 2?

    The fourth edition of Saxon Algebra 2 does not teach geometry.  Therefore, follow the recommendations in this article:  My student completed Algebra 1 & Algebra 2 but has not taken Geometry. Need Help? Contact a Math Consultant