# Math-U-See Placement Tests

### Maths Australia’s exclusive

placement tests help tailor the Math-U-See program to suit each student’s journey to maths mastery.

#### Math-U-See placement tests allow you to:

- identify a student’s current level of maths mastery
- select the right level for each student to begin the Math-U-See program
- discover any gaps in their understanding to help plan additional support as they progress.

## Step 1

Watch this short video:

## Step 2

Open the Alpha Placement Test

If the student is finger counting, can recognise, read, and write the numbers 0-10, begin with the Alpha Placement Test here….if they’re not ready for this, start with Primer.

## Step 3

Progress through each Placement Test until the student begins to struggle or shows signs of not understanding the questions.

## Step 4

When the student scores less than 90% correct on a test, stop. This marks their current level of maths mastery. This will be the right level for them to begin the Math-U-See program. i.e. score below 90% on the Gamma placement test = begin Math-U-See at the Gamma level.

*Please note: If the student is finger or unit counting, they will need to commence Math-U-See at Alpha Level, irrespective of their age. This is the first level of maths that must be mastered. If you have any questions about administering or interpreting Math-U-See placement tests, please contact us directly.*

## Alpha

## Students who are ready for Alpha

- can accurately count up to 9
- can associate a number with a given quantity of objects
- can write the numerals 0 to 9
- can follow simple directions
- can engage in a lesson with an instructor for about 15 minutes
- can work to commit addition and subtraction facts to memory
- can persevere at a task until new skills are mastered

## Beta

## Students who are ready for Beta

- can count by tens
- can begin at any number and count to 100
- can write any number between 0 and 999
- can recall the addition and subtraction facts from memory
- can use place value to identify the digits that represent units, tens, and hundreds
- can write a mathematical expression (number sentence) to represent a word problem
- can solve for an unknown in a simple addition or subtraction equation

## Gamma

## Students who are ready for Gamma

- can read and write numbers through the hundred thousands
- can count by twos, fives, and tens
- can recall addition and subtraction facts from memory
- can add and subtract multiple-digit numbers, using regrouping (carrying or borrowing) as needed

## Delta

## Students who are ready for Delta

- can comfortably add or subtract multiple-digit numbers, using regrouping as needed
- can recall single-digit multiplication facts from memory
- can demonstrate a multiplication problem by building or drawing a rectangle
- can list the multiplication facts of a given number
- can solve for an unknown factor
- can write a subtraction equation (number sentence) to solve a word problem
- can write a multiplication equation (number sentence) to solve a word problem

## Epsilon

## Students who are ready for Epsilon

- can comfortably add or subtract multiple-digit numbers, using regrouping as necessary
- can demonstrate a division problem by drawing a diagram
- can give the quotients for single-digit division facts from memory
- can comfortably multiply multiple-digit numbers, regrouping as necessary
- can comfortably divide multiple-digit numbers with remainders
- can determine and apply the operation(s) needed to solve a word problem

## Zeta

## Students who are ready for Zeta

- can competently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multiple-digit whole numbers
- can competently add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions
- can competently add, subtract, multiply, and divide mixed numbers
- can determine and apply the operation(s) necessary to solve a word problem with whole numbers or fractions

## Pre-Algebra

## Students who are ready for Pre-Algebra

- can easily add, subtract, multiply, and divide multiple-digit whole numbers
- can proficiently add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions
- can proficiently add, subtract, multiply, and divide mixed numbers
- can proficiently add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimal numbers
- can convert between a fraction, decimal, and percent
- can determine and apply the operation(s) necessary to solve a word problem with whole numbers, fractions, or decimals

## Algebra 1

## Students who are ready for Algebra 1

- can proficiently add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals
- can convert between a fraction, decimal, and percent
- can solve one-step equations
- can plot points on a number line and coordinate grid
- can perform operations with integers
- can write an algebraic expression to solve a word problem

## Geometry

## Students who are ready for Geometry

- have successfully completed Pre-Algebra
- have successfully completed Algebra 1

## Algebra 2

## Students who are ready for Algebra 2

- have successfully completed Algebra 1

## Pre Calculus

## Students who are ready for Pre-Calculus

- have successfully completed Algebra 2

## Calculus

## Students who are ready for Calculus

- have successfully completed Pre-Calculus