Tuesday, June 19, 2012


IXL  is a web-based math practice tool.  Students have access to unlimited math problems and over 1,000 topics from preschool right up through Algebra. IXL also offers a reports component that you can use monitor student progress closely. A detailed user guide is available that tells you how to best use IXL and directions for implementing some of the options available such as hiding the left navigation panel, grade levels and/or timer.


We first used ixl.com about a year ago.  IXL is short for I excel.  Did you already know that?  I had no idea until I started this review.  I just never put it together myself.  :)  Without purchasing ixl you can do 20 problems per day and this is what we did at the end of last school year.  I even considered purchasing it but ended up doing something else.

I mainly had my 4 year old and 9 year old daughters giving this one a try.  Ellie (4) does like this, but has a short attention span with it and only wants to do it for a few minutes (she is only 4 after all.)  Emma (9) doesn't like it (it IS math you know.)  I personally think it makes a great supplement for math practice for any child.  For younger children I think you could easily use this as your complete curriculum.  For older children I think it would be best used as a supplement because it is practice. No teaching is given. Explanations are given after incorrect answers if you click for them. (An example is shown below.)

You can go on to the next problem by clicking OK or click on  "Explanation"  and a
box like the one below will come up.

If important to you, IXL is fully aligned to each of the 50 state's standards and you are able to monitor your child's progress toward those standards if you wish.  (This is not something I do, but thought my readers might like to know.)

IXL provides a multitude of different reports so you can monitor your child's progress.  Using charts and graphs such as the one above you can find out exactly how your child is doing, what they've spent time working on (and how long), what they have mastered and what they need work on. Reports are emailed to you each week so you don't even have to think about it. :)

Under settings you can hide grade levels (they show as letters instead), skill menus and the timer if you wish.
This can be less distracting for your children. (We kept ours on.)

Membership benefits:
  • Complete coverage of math curriculum from pre-K to algebra. 
  • Unlimited questions in over 2,000 skills.
  • Fun and colorful practice formats.
  • Questions that adapt to your child's ability, increasing in difficulty as they improve.
  • Immediate feedback and question-specific explanations to solidify understanding of each concept.
  • Audio for all pre-K through first-grade skills.
  • Weekly e-mail updates on your child's progress.
  • Informative, detailed reports pointing out successes and trouble spots.Awards and certificates for you and your children to print out as they reach important milestones.

IXL Awards and Games

One of my favorite features of IXL is the awards tab.  Each grade level has a page as shown above and they earn "prizes" to fill up the board as they go. If you have a child that is motivated by this sort of thing (I would be) it will be wonderful for you.  (My kids don't seem to be motivated by it unfortunately.)  To the right of the chart they will see the details of what awards they've earned, how many questions they have answered, how long they have practiced for, how many topics they have mastered, the prizes they have revealed and what they have to do to get their next award.

In the first three levels there are sound icons that students can click on to have the problems read to them.  You can see it just before the sentence, "Which picture shows 2 dots?" below.
The one capability this program is missing is the ability to assign certain problems or even set it so students can only see their own grade level.

Don't forget you can try IXL.com free.  (20 problems a day)  IXL is completely online.  There is nothing to download.  You just sign in and go.

You can purchase IXL math subscriptions for $9.95 a month or $79 a year (which is only $6.58 a month).  Extra children are just $2 more a month or $20 more a year for a subscription.

IXL Fee Buttons

IXL supports the following Operating Systems and browsers:
It is recommended that you have at least 256MB of installed RAM, and you should set your display to a resolution of 1024x768 with 32-bit color depth. You will need an internet connection as well as Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader (both available free).

See what others are saying about IXL on the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog.


disclaimer:  I received 6 month IXL.com subscriptions for 3 children in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

Jasmine said...

We used IXL for the first time this past year. I love it. My kids not so much. :) Anyway, if you sign up through the homeschool buyers co-op (which is free) you get up to a 40% discount. We just signed up for our second year. It is very helpful for filling gaps that other things missing.

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