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