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Placement Tests

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Introduction

The placement test is just one factor in deciding where to place students. Educators should not base their placements solely on scores but should consider how students worked the problems and where they had trouble. For example, a student might do computation correctly but struggle with word problems. Educators can look at textbook tables of contents and go over parts of a corresponding chapter from previous levels to help students with specific topics. These tests were not designed to be exit tests.

To be clear about how to use these placement tests, here is an example: If a student successfully completes 2A, then they should start with 2B material. If a student successfully completes 2A and 2B, then they should start with 3A.

Suggested time for taking tests: These tests are not supposed to be timed. Allow at least an hour for each test.