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