How to Administer
Individual testing for placement is ideal, but testing can be done in a group setting if accompanied by careful observation. The instructor should document observations of finger counting, touch points, tally marks, or other counting strategies.
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Check for Readiness
A student should meet these readiness prerequisites before taking the next step. Students must:
- Demonstrate 1–1 correspondence
- Demonstrate number recognition
- Be able to count verbally zero to nine
- Be able to write numerals zero to nine
- Be ready for formal instruction
If your student does not meet these readiness prerequisites, please contact us to discuss proper placement for your student.
The Placement Pretest includes problems from each level of the Math-U-See Curriculum, Alpha through Zeta. Students should work through the problems in each row. Once the student has missed two or more problems in any one row, the Placement Pretest should be stopped. The level-specific placement test that corresponds with that row should then be administered. If the student completes the entire Placement Pretest without missing two or more problems in any one row, the Pre-Algebra Placement Test should then be administered.
Level-Specific Placement Test
Administer the level-specific placement test with careful observation. After your student is finished with their test, use the following to determine if that level is appropriate for your student.
- A score of 0% to 79% indicates that the student has not yet mastered the material contained in that level and should be placed in that level.
- A score of 80% to 89% indicates that the student has mastered the material contained in that level and should be placed in the next level.
- If the student’s score is 90% to 100%, the placement test of the subsequent level should be administered.