Do You Know Where Your Child is in Math?

Oct 22, 2019 | Newmarket

So many parents struggle to understand where their kids stand in math understanding. They don't always know if their children’s math skills are keeping pace with the academic curriculum from year to year.

Are they at grade level? Are they below grade level? Are they advanced? Are they bored in math class and are no longer trying so the grades they are getting don’t reflect their true math skills?

We can definitely help give some insight into where your child is in math with the short math skills assessment below.

Ask your child to answer the questions below, starting with the first question and leading up to his or her current grade level. Feel free to try higher grade level questions too. You may be surprised by the results.


1st Grade:      11 + 12 = ___

2nd Grade:     1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 = ___

3rd Grade:      How much is 99 plus 99 plus 99?

4tg Grade:      Count by 1 3/4 from 0 to 7.

5th Grade:      Which is greatest: 17/18, 23/30, or 18/19? Explain how you got your answer.

6th Grade:       Halfway through the second quarter, how much of the game is left?

7th Grade:       How much is 6 1/2% of 250?

8th Grade:       On a certain map, 6 centimetres represent 25 kilometres. How many kilometres do 15 centimetres represent?

9th Grade:       When you take 3 away from twice a number, the answer is 8. What is the number?

Functions:      What is the Absolute Value of the point (3, 4)?


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When kids can mentally answer the questions at their grade level and below (without using a pencil and paper), this is a sign that they are likely doing well in math at their grade level. If your child was not able to answer the questions or needed to use their fingers or other manipulatives, including writing this down, this may be a warning sign that they need additional support outside of the classroom. If your child was able to easily complete the questions at and above their current grade level, he or she may need a more challenging math learning experience. 

To fully understand where your child is in math, book a risk-free customized assessment at Mathnasium of Newmarket. This assessment pinpoints your child’s needs, which allows us to meet them where they are and take them where they need to go through creating a customized learning plan, which is implemented by our specially trained, caring instructors who teach and work with each student to ensure they master the material. These math assessments continue throughout their Mathnasium instruction to ensure progress and skill retention as they progress through the year and into future grades.

Whether it’s to catch up, keep up or advance their math skills, you can count on Mathnasium of Newmarket to help your child with their math learning this year. Contact us to schedule a risk-free assessment so you can 100% understand where you child is in math and make a plan to get them where they to be.