Saxon Math Placement
Mathematics Placement Guide
Placement Estimating by Grade Level
The following placement guide may be used to estimate which book a student should use. A placement test, to be used for initial placement only, will provide a more accurate measure.
Grade
Level 
Accelerated
Student 
Average
Student 
Slower
Student 
12th

Calculus
(A.P. Calculus*) 
Advanced Math
(Geo., Trig., Alg. 4**) 
Advanced Math***

11th

Advanced Math
(PreCalculus II*)
Calculus 
Advanced Math
(Geo., Trig., Alg. 3**) 
Algebra 2

10th

Advanced Math
(PreCalculus I*) 
Algebra 2

Algebra 1

9th

Algebra 2

Algebra 1

Algebra 1/2

8th

Algebra 1

Algebra 1/2

Math 87

7th

Algebra 1/2

Math 87

Math 76

6th

Math 76

Math 76

Math 65

5th

Math 65

Math 65

Math 54

4th

Math 54

Math 54


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Suggested course titles. Accelerated students will finish Advanced Mathematics in the first semester of eleventh grade and begin Calculus in the second semester. PreCalculus I consists of the first 7090 lessons in Advanced Mathematics. PreCalculus II comprises the remaining lessons.

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Suggested course titles. The content in GeometryTrigonometryAlgebra 3 is identical to that in PreCalculus I but is presented at a slower pace. Likewise, GeometryTrigonometryAlgebra 4 is the same as PreCalculus II. Using these course titles allows accelerated students who are not successful in Advanced Mathematics during the tenth grade to try again and still receive credit. Students who complete Advanced Mathematics will have taken the equivalent of two semesters of geometry, one semester of trigonometry, and one semester of advanced algebra. (“Geometry” in the course title ensures credit for geometry.)

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These students may find the material in Advanced Mathematics difficult. Consider placing them in a less rigorous mathematics course.



Notes:
 Math 87 covers a broad spectrum of topics that are required by the mathematical standards of many states. Considerable prealgebra content is included, and students who complete the text successfully (80% or higher test scores) will be prepared to take Algebra 1 as their next mathematics course.
 Algebra 1/2 focuses on developing skills that prepare students for algebra. The prealgebra content is more extensive than the prealgebra content of Math 87; however, the scope is narrower.
