# d assistance in figuring out if Saxon 8/7 or Algebra 1/2 is the next step?

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I still have an old Saxon Math book (hardcover) and my understanding was that a strong math student went from 7/6 to Algebra 1/2 & if the student needed extra review they spent a year doing 8/7 in the middle.

We've joined Classical Conversations Challenge A this year and they will be teaching 8/7 but someone said that this will go straight into Algebra 1. I realize we're talking different editions here, but I'm really confused. Can anyone clarify?

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It is my understanding (someone please correct me if I am wrong) that the newest edition of Saxon 8/7 was revamped & has enough prealgebra so that the student can straight go into Alg. 1. If you used the older Saxon 8/7, it's my understanding that they would need more review before Alg. 1. I'll see if I can find the info online. I just read this the other day so it's fresh on my mind.

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ok, found this for you:

From the Saxon website:

"The recommended path after finishing Math 7/6 is to take Math 8/7. If your child finishes Math 8/7 with at least 80% mastery, skip ahead to Algebra 1. In previous editions, many people skipped Math 8/7 because they found it to be a weaker text than Algebra Â½. In the newer third edition, pre-algebra has been added to Math 8/7, making it a much stronger book."

I'm sure there are threads on here discussing Saxon, too. I'm babysitting or I'd look for you real quick...

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I'd been looking around at the saxon website but I hadn't found that explanation.

Thank you again for clearing up my confusion.

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I still have an old Saxon Math book (hardcover) and my understanding was that a strong math student went from 7/6 to Algebra 1/2 & if the student needed extra review they spent a year doing 8/7 in the middle.

We've joined Classical Conversations Challenge A this year and they will be teaching 8/7 but someone said that this will go straight into Algebra 1. I realize we're talking different editions here, but I'm really confused. Can anyone clarify?

With older editions, if a student zoomed through Math 76 he did Alg.Â½ then Algebra 1. If he struggled through Math 76, he did Math 87 then Alg. 1. It was never recommended that students do both Math 87 and Alg.Â½ (although some might have done that, especially if the student were quite young and would be getting into algebra earlier than what was normally done).

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