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Placement & Placement Tests



Science: Student Placement





Math: Student Placement



4th - 7th Grade Math Placement

Fourth through seventh graders are usually placed in the corresponding math course listed below. If your student is not able to work on grade level, back up one year. Unless the student has a learning disability, we do not recommend backing up more than one grade level.

Saxon makes it easy to transition from another curriculum. The first 30 lessons of each text review the previous text. Any gaps or holes from the previous curriculum can be filled in with this review. Since these lessons are not review to your student, it may take a little longer to complete them. To ensure the student is not overwhelmed or frustrated, a self-paced timed method is recommended. This means that instead of requiring a student to complete a lesson per day, students work on math 4-5 days per week, for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on their age. At the end of that time, regardless of how much of the lesson is completed, the student should stop math. Then pickup where he/she left off the next day. This makes it very easy to transition to Saxon from another curriculum and fill any gaps while ensuring the student is not overwhelmed or frustrated. See the Teacher's Guide linked in the chart below for details. 

If the student has a learning disability, select the student’s developmental grade level. If you believe your student is advanced beyond their normal grade level, administer a Saxon Placement Test (bottom of this page) to ensure readiness.




Recommended Course

  4th Grade

  DIVE/Saxon Math 5/4, 3rd Edition

  5th Grade

  DIVE/Saxon  Math 6/5, 3rd Edition

  6th Grade

  DIVE/Saxon Math 7/6, 4th Edition

  7th Grade

  DIVE/Saxon Math 8/7, 3rd Edition (Pre-Algebra)




8th - 12th Grade

To place your student in the correct math course, select the last course completed below. By "successfully completed" we mean an average of 80% or higher. If not, see our Course Remediation Plans.


              Is My Child Ready for Algebra 1?



Successfully Completed

Recommended Course

  Saxon Math 8/7, 2nd or 3rd Edition

  Shormann Interactive Algebra 1 with Geometry

  Saxon Algebra 1/2, 2nd or 3rd Edition

 Shormann Interactive Algebra 1 with Geometry

  Pre-Algebra (non-Saxon publisher)

 Shormann Interactive Algebra 1 with Geometry

 Has not taken Pre-Algebra

 DIVE/Saxon Math 8/7, 3rd Edition(Pre-Algebra)

 Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition

 Shormann Interactive Algebra 2 with Geometry

 Algebra 1 - No Geometry

 See # 1 Below

 Algebra 1 & Geometry

Shormann Interactive Algebra 2 with Geometry

 Algebra 1 & 2 - No Geometry

 See # 2 Below

 Algebra 1, 2, and Geometry

 Shormann Interactive Precalculus

 Saxon Advanced Math, 2nd Edition

 DIVE/Saxon Calculus, 2nd Edition*

 Precalculus (non-Saxon)

DIVE/Saxon Calculus, 2nd Edition* 

        **Shormann Calculus available Spring 2018  

1. Student completed Algebra 1 but has not taken Geometry.


  • Option 1: Strong Math Students

Shormann Algebra 2 reviews all the geometry taught in Shormann Algebra 1. Therefore, a strong math student can learn all the geometry required for a full credit of geometry in Shormann Algebra 2. The geometry lessons taught in Shormann Algebra 1 are linked in Shormann Algebra 2, providing easy access when more instruction is needed. Keep in mind, students who have not had Geometry may require additional time to complete the course.  However, as long as the student is allowed to go at their own pace (see Timed Method on page 3 of the Teacher Guide), they should successfully complete the course within three semesters. This is not a problem as the student is earning 2 full years of credit and the eLearning course has a 24 month subscription.


  • Option 2: Average to Good Math Students & Teaching Textbooks  Users

My general recommendation for these students is to start in Shormann Algebra 1. This will increase fluency in algebraic skills while earning 1/2 credit of geometry. Because our Algebra 1 & 2 integrates 1 full credit of geometry, re-taking Algebra 1 with Shormann Math will take the same amount of time as following a traditional math sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.  List the credit on your  transcript as Geometry.


Take Algebra 1 Again using Shormann Math vs Traditional Math Sequence


2. Student completed Algebra 1 & Algebra 2, but has not taken Geometry

Students in this situation should use Shormann Interactive Algebra 2 with Geometry to earn 1 full credit of geometry*. Better than a stand-alone geometry course, Shormann Algebra 2  also reviews and develops fluency in Algebra 2 concepts, providing excellent preparation for college entrance exams which test both algebra and geometry. Shormann Algebra 2  has over 200 PSAT, SAT, ACT, and CLEP practice problems.


*How is a full credit of Geometry earned in Shormann Algebra 2?

Shormann Algebra 2 includes a short prep course with the geometry lessons from Shormann Algebra 1. These lessons, along with Shormann Algebra 2,  teach all the concepts required for 1 credit of Geometry. Therefore, students who have taken Algebra 2 (without geometry) and Shormann Algebra 2, can list Shormann Algebra 2 as a Geometry credit on their high school transcript.



Saxon Placement Tests


4th - 7th Grade Students

Caution: The first 30 lessons of each Saxon text review the concepts from the previous text. Because these tests are designed for public school students, who must maintain the pace of the class, the Saxon Placement Test may place students in a lower level than necessary. However, since homeschool students can work at their own pace, they can slow down as needed to fill in any gaps or holes during the review lessons, then complete the course normally. Unless there is a learning disability, we do not recommend placing 4th - 7th grade students more than 1 grade lower than the recommended course listed in the chart at the top of this page. Schedule a Complimentary Consulting Call



Placement Test for Saxon Middle Grades 


8th Grade and Up

To better prepare students for the newly redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as the ACT, CLEP, and AP exams, we now recommend Shormann Interactive Math instead of Saxon Math. Written from a biblical perspective by Dr. Shormann, author of the award-winning DIVE into Saxon Math series, and based on John Saxon’s original teaching methods of incremental development, continual review, and integrated algebra and geometry. Shormann Math is a 21st Century curriculum that includes concepts like technology applications, computer math, real-world word problems, and non-standard solutions not found in Saxon Math. Hosted in a state-of-the-art self-paced eLearning system, similar to college math classes, these courses feature expert video instruction, automated grading, video solutions, Q&A email support, and more!  Learn More about Shormann Interactive Math





Saxon Placement Tests for Upper Grades


Saxon Placement Test for Algebra 1


Saxon Placement Test for Algebra 2



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