We are using BJU Pre-Algebra (current edition) this year, and while the conceptual teaching is very good and the word problems are very challenging, it is taking a long time to complete the lessons, and we are burning out. We are spending 2-3 hours on math each day by the time we teach the lesson (typically very long, covering too many concepts in one lesson), do the work, and correct the lesson. Sometimes there is a quiz, too. We started out not doing those, but felt the need to add them in because the tests often cover problem types not seen in any of the daily work, and sometimes those problem types are covered on the quiz. We are finding the tests unnecessarily complex and sometimes tricky, requiring too many new concepts to be assimilated into solving one problem. My dd will do fine on the chapter review but get frustrated with the tests because she is encountering problem types that she has never seen or worked before. I understand using slightly different problems on tests, but some of these are nothing like what she's done in her daily work, and I feel like no amount of studying would have prepared her for these.
Can anyone compare BJU Pre-Algebra to Dolciani? They seem similar in that BJU has A, B, and C problems, with the C problems being the most challenging. BJU also offers minimum, standard, and extended problem sets for the daily work.
Is Dolciani any shorter to complete? Does it have tests in the student book? Are there answers in the back for the tests? I don't see a solutions manual available anywhere right now. I don't want to swap out longer BJU lessons for longer checking time due to lack of solutions and answers.