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Math Mammoth South African version placement tests

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The placement tests below are "end of the year" tests for Math Mammoth South African version. In other words, the tests are meant to be taken AFTER studying the particular grade.

You can also use these tests as general maths diagnostic tests, to help you find if your student has any gaps or has not learned specific topics, because the tests group the questions by topic. Just look at the test results per "sections" of similar problems (addition, multiplication, measuring, geometry, place value, problem solving). You can always email me your child's test results if in doubt.

I advise that in order to start with Math Mammoth complete curriculum for grade level X, the student should score 80% or more in the previous year's "end of year" test. Children scoring between 70 and 80% may also continue with the next grade, depending on the types of errors (careless errors or not remembering something, vs. lack of understanding). Use your judgment.


Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 1
Answers to Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 1

Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 2
Answers to Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 2

Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 3
Answers to Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 3

Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 4
Answers to Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 4

Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 5
Answers to Math Mammoth End of Year Test, Grade 5


Tip: If you notice your child has problems with one or two concept areas in a particular test, but otherwise does fine, you can use Math Mammoth Blue Series books to "fill in those gaps". You can also email me with your test results if you have trouble deciding which Blue Series book you should use for such remedial work.



Questions about placement

  1. My K student wants more challenge and to do 1st grade math. How can I know if the Light Blue grade 1 is the right choice for my child?

    The Light Blue grade 1 starts out with the same material as these books from the Blue Series: Addition 1 and Subtraction 1. Look over those, see their samples and contents, and that will probably tell you if your children are ready for grade 1.


  2. A student misses (or doesn't even try) most of the word problems in the test but does okay with calculation problems.

    This is a COMMON situation for many students. It usually stems from the lack of good word problems in the maths program the student has studied from. Please read what I have written about the problem with word problems so you can understand its origins better.

    To help such a student, you could:

    • Go through certain books in the Blue Series and only do the word problems and lessons pertaining to them, skipping the calculation problems. Use this as a guideline:
      Student attempted 2nd grade end-of-year test:
      Add & Subtract 2-A, Add & Subtract 2-B, and half of Add & Subtract 3.
      Student attempted 3rd grade end-of-year test:
      (possibly Add & Subtract 2-A) Add & Subtract 2-B, Add & Subtract 3, Multiplication 1, and Division 1.
      Student attempted 4th grade end-of-year test:
      Add & Subtract 3, Multiplication 1, Division 1, Multiplication 2, and Division 2.

    • Or, you could perhaps use Ray's Arithmetic as a catch-up tool, since it is filled with word problems.


  3. My child did OK on the test except such-and-such area or topic. Can you help me choose remedial materials?

    Please see the following chart.

    Area of lackRemedial book
    Addition and subtraction facts within 0-10Subtraction 1
    Addition and subtraction facts within 0-18Add & Subtract 2-A
    Place value of tens and onesPlace Value 1
    Place value of 3-digit numbersPlace Value 2
    Place value of 4-digit numbersPlace Value 3
    Mental maths - addition and subtraction strategies for 2-digit numbersAdd & Subtract 2-B
    Mental maths - addition and subtraction strategies for 3-digit numbersAdd & Subtract 3
    Multiplication concept, multiplication tables, or simple multiplication word problems (grade 3)Multiplication 1
    Multi-digit multiplication and related word problems (grades 4-5)Multiplication 2
    Basic division concept (single-digit divisors) and related word problems (grade 3)Division 1
    Long division and related word problems (grades 4-5)Division 2
    Reading the clock, telling time, or elapsed timeClock
    Counting coins, giving change, or other money conceptsSouth African Money
    Any measuring-related difficulty within grades 1-3Measuring 1
    Geometric concepts within grades 1-3Early Geometry
    Geometry (grades 4-7)Geometry 1 and Geometry 2
    Fraction concepts within grades 2-4Introduction to Fractions
    Fraction topics within grades 5-6Fractions 1 and Fractions 2
    Basic concept of decimals (grades 3-4)Decimals 1
    Decimal arithmetic (grade 5)Decimals 2
    Ratios and proportions (grade 6)Ratios, Proportions & Problem Solving
    Percent (grades 5-6)Percent
    Integers (grades 5-6)Integers
    Statistics (grades 5-6)Statistics & Probability

  4. I'm a Math-U-See user and my child has not studied some of the materials you cover earlier than MUS. How do I switch over to Math Mammoth?

    I'd simply recommend you first have her take a placement test to know exactly what she knows and what she doesn't about those topics that MUS does not cover as much, such as measuring, money, clock, geometry and problem solving.

    Then once you have had the child take the test, you can choose books from the Blue Series to address specific topic areas (see the chart above).

    Remember also, I'm ready to guide you with these decisions. Just let me know the child's test results by sections.


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