The placement tests are a diagnostic tool and will help you to:
If the following questions apply to you, there is no need to complete the Placement Test. You can proceed directly
to the recommended levels below:
START WITH PRIMER
- Are you looking for a pre-school maths program that will give your student a fun introduction to maths?
- Is your pre-schooler starting to show an interest in numbers & counting?
- Can your pre-schooler focus for 5-10 minutes at a time?
IF YES TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS - START AT PRIMER
START WITH ALPHA
- Is your student using their fingers to count?
- Is your student yet to understand place value?
- Can your student read, write and count numerals 0-9?
IF YES TO ALL THESE QUESTIONS - START AT ALPHA
Every student is unique in their sequential understanding of maths.
Therefore, the placement tests are designed to determine current level of maths mastery, irrespective of their age, or grade level.
HOW THE TEST SEQUENCE WORKS
Here's what will happen after choosing a pre-test below:
1. CHOOSE A PRE-TEST
Choose either the Foundations Placement Pre-Test or the Advanced Placement Pre-Test, based on your child's general level of understanding. The pre-test is designed to quickly establish your child's foundational understanding of maths. If you're unsure where to start, start on the foundations pre-test.
You can read more about why the placement pre-test matters here.
NOTE: Your student can do their working out for each equation on a seperate page. Your student should not use a calculator.
2. PROGRESS THROUGH THE PRE-TEST LEVELS
Click "Start" and then let your student follow the prompts. If your student gets all of the pre-test answers correct, they will move through each level sequentially.
If the student gets a few answers incorrect on a pre-test level, they will be automatically directed to the full placement test for that level to determine if that's the appropriate area of need.
3. COMPLETE THE FULL PLACEMENT TEST
The full placement test will then ask more of the same kinds of questions to ensure that this really is a topic your child struggles with. Remember, this isn't an exam... It's an opportunity to get clarity on what to teach next. Struggling is a great sign - that's what your child needs to master next!
Note: Because sometimes students can make a mistake or two on the pre-test, if they subsequently get 80%+ on the full placement test for that level, you'll be automatically directed to the next level.
There's a short explanation video as soon as you begin your test, that makes the whole sequence a little easier to understand
FOR MOST ACCURATE TEST RESULTS
This allows you to support and encourage your student throughout the test, to give their honest answers. You can observe their progress, and will know what steps to take at the end.
Encourage but don't help
The idea of the placement test is to get the most accurate result possible, so if they get stuck, don't save them. Encourage your student to just choose "I don't know".
Observe the tricky topics
Identifying where each student begins to struggle will help you teach them those concepts so they can progress confidently. You'll be able to fill in any gaps and spend more time in the areas they find particularly difficult.
PLACEMENT TESTS - START HERE
Choose a pre-test to learn which topics your child needs to learn next:
Remember: If your student is using their fingers to count, struggles with regrouping or has difficulty with Place Value, you don't need to do the Placement Test. You'll need to begin with the Alpha level (our foundational level).
THE FOUNDATIONAL LEVELS
This is generally suited for students Grade 1 - Grade 8 and Intervention.
THE ADVANCED LEVELS
This is generally suited for students Grade 8 - University Levels.
HOW THE PLACEMENT TEST RESULTS WORK
At the completion of any placement test, you'll be directed to one of the following results:
This indicates that the current level is where to start. Your student needs to master the material presented in this level to be able to progress confidently.
More than 80%
This level is easy for your student and they've mastered the concepts! You'll be directed through to continue the next level test. Keep going until they start to struggle with answering the questions.
Each full test throughout the Placement Test sequence will assess your student's understanding on the following topics (according to their maths understanding). These same topics are covered in-depth throughout the program we currently recommend: Math-U-See
If you need to record MULTIPLE students' results
If you need to keep track of your students' results from the online Placement Test, we've created an easy template to help out. For parents, tutors and small groups, you can download the spreadsheet below. For larger groups and school classes, please contact us directly using this form and we can set you up with a group-specific Placement Test pack.
This spreadsheet is for parents, tutors and small groups and is designed for up to 10 students
For larger groups and schools, please contact us directly as we have a specific Teachers' Pack to support you.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU'VE GOT YOUR RESULT
After your student has completed the placement test process, you'll be given a description of what they need to work on next and a recommended program to best support your student.
Your student's recommended level highlights exactly where you need to start to fill in those gaps of understanding, and what you can do to start teaching your child in a more hands-on, tactile way - at their own pace (so the topics covered are explored in-depth and they really understand what you're teaching them)
For Math-U-See recommendations, you'll need to have manipulatives (hands-on teaching tools) to complete the step-by-step lesson instructions, student workbooks and tests.
Your student will be able to learn the foundations and master each concept!
Have any questions about your student's results?
If you need to confirm your student's level of maths understanding, or what you need to focus on with your student to fill in gaps,
get in touch with with us and we can help you determine where to start