If you need to review prerequisite materials before taking MATH 1070, 1110, 1130, or 1401, and would like more specific information about which topics you should review, we strongly recommend taking MyMathTest, an online exam, for free at the UCD Math Education Resource Center (MERC) lab, located in the North Classroom, room 4015 any time the lab is open and available. See the MERC website for available lab hours. You should be prepared to spend about 1.5 hours learning how to input mathematical solutions into MyMathTest before taking a detailed assessment. MyMathTest also has tutorials available so that as you practice for the exam, you can click on tutorial links that allow students to get more information about particular topics.
What You Can Do To Be Better-Prepared: If results from MyMathTest or other tests indicate you are not prepared to take the desired course, we strongly recommend that you take one of the following actions:
- Use an online tutorial program such as ALEKS. We recommend ALEKS because it is relatively inexpensive, $30 for 6 weeks of access, and because it gives detailed feedback as far as which mathematical topics you are strong and weak. It is not meant to take the place of a math class, but to help students who are deficient in only a couple of topics or for whom it has been more than 6 months since they have seen the mathematical material and hence need to review. Tutorials are positively reviewed by students, and once students get to 80% correct in each topical math area they are considered prepared.
- Take or re-take the prerequisite course (see the flow chart above).
- Hire a tutor. It is well-known that the quickest way to learn new mathematical topics or correct mathematical misconceptions is to get immediate feedback directly. We recommend students meet with a tutor at minimum one hour per week.
International Students: UCD currently does not require international students to submit an SAT or ACT math score with their application prior to being admitted. We strongly urge students to consider taking a self-guided math test such as ALEKS prior to their program and then test at the UCD MERC lab (NC 4015). It is our hope that with some recent math experience, students will not feel as anxious when taking a UCD math placement exam. We also strongly encourage students to receive math-specific English as a Foreign Language (EFL) tutoring. What we are learning is that many students may have the math skills but lack proficiency in English to be successful in Calculus I or Algebra.
For international students, ALEKS is incorporated into their intensive English language learning curriculum at Spring International. It is hoped that these international students will be able to review the math they have taken and be prepared to take and successfully complete the highest possible level math class appropriate for the desired degree.