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. Our placement tests determine if your student is ready to start a course level. For example, to confirm that your student is ready to take Honors Math 3A/3B, they should take the Honors Math 3A/3B placement test.
  • 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.

Our placement tests determine if your student is ready to start a course level. For example, to confirm that your student is ready to take Honors Math 2A/2B, they should take the Honors Math 2A/2B placement test.

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.

Our placement tests determine if your student is ready to start a year-round course level. For example, to confirm that your student is ready to take Honors Math 3A/3B, they should take the Honors Math 3A/3B placement test.

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.

Our placement tests determine if your student is ready to start a year-round course level. For example, to confirm that your student is ready to take Honors Math 4A/4B, they should take the Honors Math 4A/4B placement test.

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.

Our placement tests determine if your student is ready to start a year-round course level. For example, to confirm that your student is ready to take Honors Math 5A/5B, they should take the Honors Math 5A/5B placement test.

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

Our placement tests determine if your student is ready to start a year-round course level. For example, to confirm that your student is ready to take Honors Math 6A, they should take the Honors Math 6A placement test.

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

Our placement tests determine if your student is ready to start a year-round course level. For example, to confirm that your student is ready to take Honors Math 7A, they should take the Honors Math 7A placement test.

Students who pass the placement test below are eligible to take Honors Math 8: Introduction to Geometry or Contest Math 8: Introduction to Geometry. Students may also take Math Beasts Camp 7-9 during the summer.

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.

Our placement tests determine if your student is ready to start a year-round course level. For example, to confirm that your student is ready to take Honors Math 8, they should take the Honors Math 8 placement test.

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