Placement & Placement Tests
Math: Student Placement
Science: Student Placement Chart
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 selfpaced timed method is recommended. This means that instead of requiring a student to complete a lesson per day, students work on math 45 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.
Grade 
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 (PreAlgebra) 
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.
Why do you recommend Shormann Math instead of Saxon?
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 awardwinning 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, realworld word problems, and nonstandard solutions not found in Saxon Math. Hosted in a stateoftheart selfpaced 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
Is My Child Ready for Algebra 1?
Placement Chart for 8th  12th Grade
Successfully Completed 
Recommended Course 
Saxon Math 8/7, 2nd or 3rd Edition 

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

PreAlgebra (nonSaxon publisher) 

Has not taken PreAlgebra 
DIVE/Saxon Math 8/7, 3rd Edition(PreAlgebra) 
Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition 

Algebra 1  No Geometry 
See # 1 Below 
Algebra 1 & Geometry 

Algebra 1 & 2  No Geometry 
See # 2 Below 
Algebra 1, 2, and Geometry 

Saxon Advanced Math, 2nd Edition 
DIVE/Saxon Calculus, 2nd Edition* 
Precalculus (nonSaxon) 
DIVE/Saxon Calculus, 2nd Edition* 
**Shormann Calculus available Spring 2018
1. Student completed Algebra 1 but has not taken Geometry.
My general recommendation for these students is to start in Shormann Algebra 1. While this may seem redundant, Shormann Algebra 1 teaches many concepts not found in a traditional Algebra 1 course like computer math, technology applications, as well as 1/2 credit of geometry. Any review of previously learned algebra concepts will develop and maintain fluency in these skills. Because our Algebra 1 & 2 integrates 1 full credit of geometry, retaking Algebra 1 with Shormann Math will not take any longer than if the traditional math sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 is continued. In fact, the student may spend less time overall. Shormann Algebra 1 and 2 not only earn 1 full credit of geometry, 1 credit of Algebra 1, and 1 credit of Algebra 2, these courses teach every concept on the newly redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as the ACT, and CLEP College Algebra exam (earns up to 3 college credits), including over 200 practice problems from these exams. If Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 are completed (2+years) Shormann Algebra 1 can be listed as Geometry. Alternatively, the credits for the previous Algebra 1 course, Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 can be listed as Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3. Common Core now recommends integrated algebra and geometry math courses. Therefore, colleges are now familiar with these terms. See Transcripts, posted on our website under Support in the upper right menu.
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 standalone 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 awardwinning 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, realworld word problems, and nonstandard solutions not found in Saxon Math. Hosted in a stateoftheart selfpaced 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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