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Geometry or Algebra 2 with Trig First?

Geometry vs Alg2wTrig

Question from Melissa:

I am trying to decide which course to do first?  My son is finishing 8th grade this year and has completed Alg 1.  As a freshman, he would need either Geometry or Alg2/Trig.  Is there a preferred sequence?  Would the sequence matter for the SAT or ACT?

Answer from Dr. Callahan:

AskDrCallahan Jacobs GeometryWe usually recommend Geometry first. The book is still at high school level (mostly), has a lot of Algebra review, and introduces the student to Trig.

The Algebra II with Trig (Barnett text we use) is actually a college book and a bit more intense.

As for the SAT/ACT, you will see both Geometry concepts and Algebra II concepts on the tests. The ACT has a small amount of Trig (actually what is done in Geometry gets you there)

So what we would do it this:

1. Take Geometry first.

2.Same time get prepared for or take the ACT/SAT. We would recommend a coach for this if you can because they can really help prepare and push up the score. Note we have a partner Higher Score Test Prep who helps in this and offers our customers a discount.

3. Then I would evaluate the ACT/SAT with respect to content and work on improving it while moving into Algebra II with Trig.AskDrCallahan Algebra 2 with trigonometry

Also, you might see this article on scope and sequence for the college bound.

Hope this helps
Dale