To raise the 1st digit of the math placement score (from 11 - 15 to 21 - 25 respectively), the student will need to pass the Math Basic Skills test.
To raise the 2nd digit of the math placement score (from 21 to 22, 23 or 24), the student will need to do a self-paced online Intermediate Algebra review, ALEKS, required by the Math Workshop.
The Math Workshop can only take students to a level 24. Once a 24 is achieved you must take Math 120Q in order to take calculus.
The first section of the math placement test deals with problem solving, direction following and thinking ability.
If students have a math placement level of 11, 12, 14 or 15, this means they need to improve on the problem-solving skills they were previously tested on when they took the Math Placement Exam. That's a fairly straightforward process that is easily taken care of at the Math Workshop.
Students need to come to the Math workshop and take practice tests called "Basic Skills Tests" which are 20-question, short-answer tests on basic math and problem-solving. The more practice tests taken, the more comfortable students become with the format, the questions and their ability to solve these types of questions. Students need to pass 3 practice tests at 3 difficulty levels, and then pass the “final” test in order to increase this digit of the Math Placement score. Scoring 15 out of 20 (or better) is considered passing on the Basic Skills Tests. The Basic Skills Test is given on an individual basis when it is most convenient for the student.
The second section of the math placement test deals with algebraic manipulation skills needed for minimal algebra, statistics and pre-calculus classes and is referred to as the PPC (Pre-pre-calculus) component of the Math Workshop. Through the review of high school algebra, the students can raise their math placement level for required or desired M and Q classes. A student’s choice of major will determine how much review needs completed.
Raising the second digit is done by working on ALEKS, an online learning program. The ALEKS program is used to raise the second digit to a "2", "3" or "4" (depending on your major). The ALEKS activation code can be purchased at the bookstore or online. Once the ALEKS activation code has been purchased, visit the Math Workshop and we will walk you through the initial set-up of ALEKS and get your started on the initial assessment. If you want to purchase the activation code online at the Workshop, we can definitely help you with this also. The initial set-up and assessment MUST be done in the Math Workshop, and typically takes 1 to 1.5 hours during this visit. The final assessment MUST ALSO be taken in the Math Workshop once you have mastered 100% of the topics. All other work on ALEKS can be done from any computer with internet capabilities both on or off campus.
If you have any questions about your math placement score, please contact the Director of the Math Workshop, Obed Lewis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.