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Math Course Placement by Age and Level

AoPS Academy math curriculum, as with all of our curricula, is advanced and rigorous. Although we designed the program to be based loosely on the Common Core standards, we cover grade-level standards in greater depth than other elementary and middle school math curriculum.

Because of our instructional approach to problem solving and logical thinking, we often introduce concepts that other math curricula may not introduce until a grade or two later. This is one reason why we use “level” instead of “grade” to define our math offerings.

  • For Year Round math courses, we recommend first honing in on your student's level by their age, and then have them take a placement test, listed below.
  • Students are not required to take a placement test for summer courses. Summer courses are designed for students who will be ready to take Honors Math of the corresponding level in the fall. For example, many students take Math Beasts Camp 3 either the summer before the third grade or the summer after, depending on when they plan to take Honors Math 3.

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Take a Math Placement Test

The best way to determine the right math level is to have your student take a Placement Test. We’ve organized these tests by level (e.g., Level 2) but also by sections within that level (e.g. 2A/ 2B, 2C/2D).
Choose an age range below to view the recommended level and placement test.

Students who pass the placement tests below are eligible to take Honors Math 2A/2B or Honors Math 2C/2D.

Students who pass the placement tests below are eligible to take Honors Math 3A/3B or Honors Math 3C/3D. Students may also take Math Beasts Camp 3 during the summer before Honors Math 3A/3B.

Students who pass the placement tests below are eligible to take Honors Math 4A/4B or Honors Math 4C/4D. Students may also take Math Beasts Camp 4 during the summer before Honors Math 4A/4B.

Students who pass the placement tests below are eligible to take Honors Math 5A/5B or Honors Math 5C/5D. Students may also take Math Beasts Camp 5 during the summer before Honors Math 5A/5B.

Students who pass the placement tests below are eligible to take Honors Math 6A or 6B or Contest Math 6A or 6B. Students may also take Math Beasts Camp 6 during the summer before Honors Math 6A/6B.

Students who pass the placement tests below are eligible to take Honors Math 7A or 7B or Contest Math 7A or 7B. Students may also take Math Beasts Camp 7-9 during the summer before before Honors/Contest Math 7A.

In addition, the Middle School Math Contest summer courses, Number Theory and Geometry and Algebra and Counting, do not share problems with the year-round courses and are appropriate for students who seek extra contest practice.

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