The Calculus Preview Program is a four-week, intensive review program for intermediate algebra and advanced algebra skills. This program offers fast-paced instruction in a self-paced format. In addition, online computer sessions provide practice, supplemental instruction, and skills tests for each week of the program. Students must work to task completing weekly assignments and tests for successful completion of the program. If a student successfully completes the program, he or she will be better prepared to handle the rigorous first few weeks of her/his first Speed Engineering course.
First-year engineering students are required to take an online diagnostic test, the SPEED Algebra Readiness Exam (ARE), to determine their readiness for their first engineering calculus course. This test is taken before orientation and information regarding the test is provided to students in pre-orientation materials. The test results will indicate if a student will benefit from a review of intermediate and advanced algebra skills to be better prepared for Engineering Analysis I. Check with the Speed Advising Center or with Carrye Wilkins at 502-852-7434.
SPEED Algebra Readiness Exam Instructions
Students who participate in this program will experience an intense algebra review, which may help them earn a higher grade in Engineering Analysis I, ENGR 101. This program includes material specifically designed to help students strengthen their algebra foundation and make a smooth transition from high school calculus to the rigor of ENGR 101. Reviewing the advanced algebra topics needed for ENGR 101 will prepare students to be successful in their first college calculus course. Two advanced algebra exams are given in ENGR 101 during the first 17 days of the semester, so students who participate in this program will be better prepared for their homework assignments and exams. Students who don’t perform well on the first two exams may be required to drop ENGR 101 and enroll in a pre-calculus course.
Students will work independently using a browser-based program, MyMathLab, on their computers. A program facilitator will monitor student progress and be available to answer student questions during scheduled office hours or within 24 hours.
The REACH Math Resource Center will provide additional drop-in tutoring support Monday – Thursday from 10 AM – 5 PM.
Students must stay on schedule and complete online homework and tests with an 80% average. If a student tends to procrastinate and complete assignments at the last minute, he or she may not be successful in this review program.
The program fee is $50.00. Each student must also purchase an access code (paid online to the software company).
For answers to more specific questions, please contact:
Strickler Hall, Room 243