Both Algebra ½ and Saxon 8/7 are pre-algebra courses. However, Dr. Shormann recommends his new Shormann Pre-Algebra Self-Paced eCourse. Based on John Saxon's original teaching methods, this course is hosted in a state-of-the art eLearning platform that makes learning faster and easier! Featuring daily video lessons, interactive assignments with auto-grading and grade-recording, as well as video solutions and Q&A support with Dr. Shormann, it teaches all the pre-algebra concepts and develops fluency in the fraction, decimal, percent, and conversion skills that make learning Algebra 1 easier!
Dr. Shormann's second favorite pre-algebra course is Saxon Math 8/7 (2nd or 3rd edition). Like Shormann Pre-Algebra, this course develops fluency in the fraction, decimal, percent, and conversion skills not taught in Saxon Algebra 1/2. Students who have successfully completed Saxon 8/7 are ready for Shormann Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry.
Saxon Algebra 1/2 does not have the drills that develop fluency in the fraction, decimal, percent, and conversion skills that are essential to preparing for Algebra 1. If you have to take this course, use the drills in the Tests & Worksheets booklet for Saxon 8/7, Third Edition to develop these skills.