MATH PLACEMENT TEST


Proper placement of your son in his math course is very important to us. As a result, Northridge does require a math placement exam for all incoming students (grades 6-9).

Given our current circumstances, we have moved the math placement test to an online format. Please read below for details and to sign-up.

How It Will Work. You will sign-up for a time slot to take the math placement exam. This test will be administered online through a Google form. While taking the test, your son will make himself present virtually through Zoom video. Our Admissions Coordinator, Mrs. Michele Whalen, will help monitor the exam on Zoom and be available to answer any questions.

Dates.
Incoming 6th, 7th, 8th graders: Tuesday, June 9  OR  Saturday, June 13
Incoming 9th graders: Wednesday, June 10  OR  Saturday, June 13

Sign-up. Use this form to sign-up for one of the above dates.

The Test. The online test will cover the same content as our traditional in-person written test.  However, all questions will be multiple choice. Allow your son to have a quiet space to work. Additionally, having a pencil and extra paper will be important to work through the problems.

Taking the Test. The day before the test we’ll send a Zoom link for the virtual test room. The day of, your son will log in to the Zoom link 15 minutes before the exam time. When we’re ready to start the exam, we’ll send your son, via email, a link to access the online test. Again, Mrs. Whalen will be virtually present through Zoom as your son takes the test. When he is finished and submits a completed exam, he will be free to leave.

Grading and Results. Our Math Department Chair, Mr. Steve Omachi (somachi@northridgeprep.org), will evaluate the test results and place your son in the appropriate math course. We’ll communicate with you about his placement within two weeks of the exam.

Zoom. Please ensure your son has access to Zoom and that there is a video camera available. You can sign up for a free Zoom account here. If you need any assistance, please reach out to Robert Rey, Admissions Director, at rrey@northridgeprep.org.

 

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If you would like to provide us more information about your son’s math background and experiences, please complete this online survey. This survey is optional.

Math Placement FAQs


  1. Why does my son need to take a placement test?
    The placement test will be used to help the Mathematics Department recommend the appropriate placement for your son. This allows Northridge to place your son in the math course in which he will be most successful. Initially, this will also determine the track your son will have in Mathematics as he continues here at Northridge.
  1. What math is tested on the placement test?

The placement test your son will take depends on what grade level he will be in this coming fall, and also his last completed math course (as shown on his transcript). Please see below for the topics each placement test will cover.

In general, each of these placement tests will cover a subset of the math knowledge that we expect your son to have from his previous classes as well as test his readiness to take math courses in the fall. He will be required to show all his work that reflects his thinking and demonstrates mathematical skills, habits, and understanding.

  1. What does my son need to take the test?

Students need to bring two #2 pencils and an eraser. Those who are taking the Algebra placement test are also required to bring a calculator.

  1. Why can’t my son use a calculator on certain tests?

The placement test is designed to measure your son’s facility with basic mathematical skills that are needed for the math courses our Department offers. Because of this, using a calculator will generally not help him. We believe he will score better by knowing the material and working it all out by hand. Calculators will be used as appropriate in his Mathematics courses once he is attending Northridge.

  1. Does my son need to study for the test?

We encourage your son to review, not necessarily study, for the placement test. We have scheduled these placement tests at the end of the current school year so that the topics are still fresh in his mind. The topics that will be tested are listed below.

  1. When can my son take the test?
    The test is now online, please see the above dates. It is imperative that we have these tests completed as close as possible to the end of the school year; this will allow us to have the most accurate assessment of your son’s abilities.
  1. How long is the test?

The Algebra placement test must be completed in ninety (90) minutes or less while all the others must be completed in fifty (50) minutes or less.

  1. Can my son take a placement test meant for a higher level math course so he can be placed into that math course?

An incoming student must take the placement test that corresponds to the course(s) for his grade level. In case he performs exceptionally well on this test, the Mathematics Department may permit him to take a placement test normally given to the next grade level. The result of this test will be evaluated based on the Department’s standards for that higher grade level as well as the student’s previous records. Since the placement tests only cover a subset of the math knowledge covered in our math courses, the student’s final placement is not definitive. The school takes into account the student’s proper math placement as well as its mission to provide its students with formation for the whole person. Consistent with this goal, the school will evaluate his performance during the first quarter to determine if it is the best interest of the student to continue at that math course he is registered.

a. Coverage Topics of Placement Test for incoming 6th and 7th graders.

  1. Basic operations with whole numbers and decimals
  2. Order of operations with numbers
  3. Translation of words to mathematical expressions
  4. Solving one- and two-step equations
  5. Comparison of values of decimals and fractions
  6. Operations with fractions
  7. Simple understanding of tables, patterns and graphs
  8. Understanding of ratios and graphs
  9. Calculation of properties of basic geometrical figures (triangles and quadrilaterals)

b. Coverage Topics of Placement Test for incoming 8th graders and 9th graders who haven’t taken Algebra I.

  1. Basic operations with real numbers and algebraic expressions (with variables)
  2. Order of operations with numbers and algebraic expressions
  3. Translation of words to mathematical expressions
  4. Solving one- and two-step basic linear equations and inequalities
  5. Simple understanding of tables, patterns, ratios, proportions, and graphs
  6. Calculation of properties of basic geometrical figures (circles, triangles and quadrilaterals)

c. Coverage Topics of Algebra Placement Test for incoming High School students

  1. Basic operations with real numbers and algebraic expressions
  2. Order of operations with numbers and algebraic expressions
  3. Translation of words to mathematical expressions
  4. Solving one- and two-step linear equations, quadratic equations, and inequalities
  5. Solving systems of linear equations
  6. Understanding of tables, patterns, ratios, proportions, and graphs
  7. Calculation of properties of basic geometrical figures (circles, triangles and quadrilaterals)

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8320 Ballard Rd, Niles, IL 60714
Tel: 847.375.0600 Fax: 847.375.0606
info@northridgeprep.org

Math Placement Test

Math Placement Test

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8320 Ballard Rd, Niles, IL 60714
Tel: 847.375.0600 Fax: 847.375.0606
info@northridgeprep.org