The required Math placement exam (Saturday, March 20, 2021, beginning at 8:30am online) covers basic math skills, Pre-algebra topics, and Algebra 1 topics. These topics and practice problems can be found at Math Placement Test Info and Practice Problems . Based on this test each freshman is provisionally scheduled for one of the following courses: Algebra, Accelerated Algebra or Intermediate Algebra Honors. Course Descriptions for each can be found at SPP Offerings in Mathematics.
If you wish to read about Prep’s overall academic program, please consult our Course of Studies.
In summary, the schedule for the Placement Tests is as follows:
|Math and English Placement Tests||Required for all||March 20, 2021||8:30 – 11:30am|
|Placement into Algebra I,|
Accelerated Algebra, or Algebra II and Trigonometry Honors. Placement into English 1 or English 1 Honors.
After these tests have been scored, you will be notified of the course placement. If you have any questions, please direct them to Ms. Erin Stark, the Chair of the Math Department at StarkE@spprep.org, or to Mr. Christopher Caulfield, ’03, the Chair of the English Department at CaulfieldC@spprep.org
Q: What is the location of the Placement tests
A: The test will take place online. Students will need three hours to complete the exams. Specific details will be sent to all registered students and parents at the end of February.
Q: What are the expectations for an Honors Course?
A: The student in an Honors class is expected to do a greater amount of work than is normally done in that year of of Mathematics or English studies. The assumption is that a student who selects, with the approval of the department, an advanced section is willing to both approach the topic at a more sophisticated level and to devote additional time to study at home and at school. Homework may take twice as much as a non-Honors student. Mathematics Honors students must be able to work independently as well as in groups. For more information, see Requirements of a Math Honors Student
Q: What is covered in the required English Placement Test?
A: The English Placement Test assesses student’s skills in basic grammar, writing, and reading comprehension. Students will first answer multiple choice questions covering basic grammatical principles. Next, students will be asked to read a short story and poem, answering reading comprehension questions. Finally, students will be expected to produce a two writing samples based on their readings of the short story and poem.
Q: What is covered in the required Math Placement Test?
A: Topics include but are not limited to computational arithmetic , including fractions and decimals, positive and negative numbers, order of operations, absolute value, evaluating algebraic expressions, solving one variable equations, rules of exponents, solving systems of equations, writing equations of lines, multiplying and factoring polynomials, and solving a quadratic equation using the quadratic formula. For a more detailed list, please see Placement Test Info and Practice Problems .
Q: Is there a way to see sample problems for the Placement Test?
A: Practice Problems and further test information can be found here.