The best way to tell is to take our

Algebra 1 placement test. If you don't have time for this, then you should know that if a child is 13 or older and knows basic math fairly well, he is probably ready for Algebra 1. To be more specific, if the student can easily add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and has made average grades on assignments involving fractions, decimals, and percents, it’s time to move to our Algebra 1 program (especially since the book starts by assuming that the student has no knowledge of algebra). If the student is 12 or younger or still needs work on basic math, then he or she should probably start with our Math 7, or our Pre-Algebra Teaching Textbook™ (

Pre-Algebra placement test).