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1Math Placement and PACe Program Overview Lois SamerAnita Pattison
2University Math Requirement Category 1B of the AUCC is 3 credits of mathematics.This requirement must be completed within the first 60 credits (CSU and transfer) taken.The student’s degree program determines which math class is appropriate.
3Eligibility to Take Math at CSU You must satisfy the prerequisite.The prerequisite for the entry level math classes is satisfactory placement from a CSU math placement exam.Entry Level Math ClassesMATH 117 – College Algebra IMATH 130 – Math in the Social SciencesMATH 133 – Financial MathematicsMATH 135 – Patterns of Phenomena
4True/False MATH 130 is harder than MATH 117. FALSE The degree of course difficulty is relative to the individual student, but the content of MATH 117 is more challenging than the content of MATH 130.Entry level math courses in order of difficulty.MATH 130 – Math in the Social SciencesMATH 133 – Financial Mathematics/MATH 135 – Patterns of PhenomenaMATH 117 – College Algebra I
5True/False MATH 130 satisfies the prerequisite for MATH 117. FALSE MATH 130 is a terminal math course. It does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other course.The prerequisite for MATH 117 is satisfactory performance on a CSU math placement exam.
6CSU Math Placement Exams The Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE)The Prerequisite Exam (taken after completion of the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Tutorial)
7Math Placement Exam All students start with the MPE A 50 item exam Tests prerequisite background skills for entry level math coursesAlso covers the content of the pre-calculus courses MATH 117 – 126
8Pre-Calculus Courses MATH 117 – College Algebra I MATH 118 – College Algebra IIMATH 124 – Logarithmic and ExponentialFunctionsMATH 125 – Numerical TrigonometryMATH 126 – Analytic Trigonometry
9MPE AttemptsIncoming students may take one time remotely prior to arrival on campusStudents are allowed 2 on-campus (proctored) attemptsStudents should study and do the practice problems in the MPE Review Materials before taking the exam
10Possible MPE Results May place into May place out of MATH 130 only MATH 130, 133, and 135all entry level math coursesMay place out ofone or more of the pre-calculus coursesand possibly earn University credit for one or more of the pre-calculus courses (from a proctored attempt)
14Default Placement All students will place into MATH 130 at a minimum Students will need to retake the MPE or the Prerequisite Exam to place into other math courses
15Entry Level Math (ELM) Tutorial An online instructional program designed to prepare students for college level mathematicsMay be completed remotelyFree tutoring is available in the PACe Tutoring Center during the academic yearGives students access to the Prerequisite Exam
16ELM Tutorial Possible outcomes Satisfy the University’s admission requirement in mathematics for potential transfer studentsEligibility to take the Prerequisite ExamUnits 1-3 satisfy the prerequisite for MATH 133 and MATH 135Units 1-4 satisfy the prerequisite for MATH 133, MATH 135 and MATH 117
17FAQ About the ELM Tutorial How long does it take to complete?Depends on the student’s math background, math aptitude, and how effectively the student utilizes the TutorialCan be completed in less than a single day
18FAQ About the ELM Tutorial What level math does it cover?Contents begin around an 8th grade level and build to intermediate algebra skills
19FAQ About the ELM Tutorial How is it structured?Four units of content, each having about ten objectivesThe content of each objective is presented using PDF overviews, instructional video clips, example problems and practice problems.Each unit has a review exam that must be passed to move onto the next unit.
20FAQ About the ELM Tutorial Must students complete the Tutorial to take the Prerequisite Exam?Yes but how much they complete depends on the desired outcome.
21FAQ About the ELM Tutorial How many times may students take the Prerequisite Exam?an unlimited number of attempts
22FAQ About the ELM Tutorial Should a student retake the MPE or complete the ELM Tutorial?If the algebra section of the MPE felt too challenging, the student may find the Tutorial to be a better fit.
23FAQ About the ELM Tutorial Can the student work on the Tutorial as a review for the MPE?Yes A student may find it beneficial to utilize the instruction in the Tutorial as a way to review for the MPE. But, the student should still prepare further by using the MPE review materials.
24Math Placement information can be found on the Mathematics Department website.
25Math Mod EvolutionFrom 1975 to 1989 the pre-calculus courses were taught in the Math Module System (MMS).In 1989 the MMS evolved into the Individualized Mathematics Program (IMP). The label ‘Math Mods’ was dropped.Beginning Fall 2006 the IMP became the PACe Program.
27PACe ProgramAn online program with a variety of instructional resources to help students learn pre-calculus mathematics
28PACe Minicourses MATH 117 – College Algebra I MATH 118 – College Algebra IIMATH 124 – Logarithmic and ExponentialFunctionsMATH 125 – Numerical TrigonometryMATH 126 – Analytic Trigonometry
29Mastery Based ProgramStudents must ‘master’ the content of each unit (earn a minimum passing score) before moving on to the next unit.Non-punitive in natureUnlimited retestingExtended withdrawal deadlineGrade of U for non-completion
30Myth or Fact? Minicourses are self paced. No Students are required to maintain a minimum pace.Students may work at a faster pace and finish earlier.
31Myth or Fact? Students must learn on their own. No There are a variety of learning resources to help students master the content of a minicourse.Printable PDFs of instructionOnline instructional video clipsTutorsWritten solutions to problems
32Instructor Paced Classes Offered the first three years of the PACe Program, but discontinued Fall 2009 due to lack of demand.
34Myth or Fact? Students have five weeks to complete each minicourse. No A number of factors will determine how long a student may have to complete a minicourse.
35Myth or Fact?Students can add these courses anytime during the semester.No The courses must be added during the first 5 days of classes.
36Myth or Fact?PACe minicourses are online so students do not need to come to campus.Students can complete most of the coursework from any computer but will need to take proctored exams in the PACe Testing Center.Many students find it advantageous to work at the PACe Center to utilize the computer lab and tutors.
37Myth or Fact? Everyone takes MATH 117, MATH 118, and MATH 124. No! Which three credits a student completes is entirely dependent upon his/her degree program and placement results.
38Myth or Fact?When a student’s schedule gets hectic…these courses can be put on the backburner.That is the student’s prerogative…but there could be consequences.These courses are just like all courses at the University. They have requirements and deadlines the student must meet.
39Myth or Fact? Students just come to the PACe Center and take tests. No In the Math Module System and IMP this could have been true. In the PACe Program, the student must complete required coursework to be eligible to test.
40Myth or Fact?These classes are easy A’s.Maybe true, maybe not.
41Myth or Fact?Students may enroll in a minicourse they have placed out of to earn credit.Yes!
42PACe Orientation Held during the first week of classes each semester. 25 minute orientation explains how the PACe Program worksAnnounced in the Class ScheduleStudents typically receive 2 notificationsOrientation schedule posted on the PACe website