Frequently Asked Questions

How and when do I pay the $150 program fee?
I cannot finish the Personalized Precalculus Program (PPP) before I attend my New Student Conference. Can I still participate in the PPP?
I took a dual credit course in high school. Do I still need to take the Math Placement Exam?
What if I cannot attend every online session?
How much time per week will this program require?
If I work in the summer, can I still participate in this program?
What do I need to participate in the program?
Will I receive college credit for taking this course?
Can I use a calculator in this program?
What technology do I need?

 

How and when do I pay the $150 program fee?
During your first online session, you will register in WebAssign, the system in which you will do the majority of your work. At that time you will be prompted to pay the $150 fee. Students should have a credit card ready at that meeting.

I cannot finish the Personalized Precalculus Program (PPP) before I attend my New Student Conference. Can I still participate in the PPP?
Absolutely! At your new student conference, your academic adviser will likely register you for Precalculus (Math 150). Once you successfully complete the PPP and score 22 or higher on your Math Placement Exam, your academic adviser can then change your registration to Calculus I (Math 151).

I took a dual credit course in high school. Do I still need to take the Math Placement Exam?
Yes. Students are required to take the Math Placement Exam regardless of prior mathematics experience. The Math Placement Exam assesses the mathematical skills necessary for calculus. Thus, your score will help us predict your probability of success in calculus at Texas A&M.

What if I cannot attend every online session?
If you can attend the majority of the online sessions (missing a maximum of three), you should still participate. Every online session is recorded so, if you must miss one, you can view the recording and keep up with the rest of your group. Keep in mind attending the sessions is the best way to be successful.

How much time per week will this program require?
The Texas A&M Department of Mathematics recommends you spend about 15 hours a week working on activities related to the program. You will meet with your tutor eight to 10 hours per week and you should dedicate at least five to seven hours per week working on your Personalized Study Plan. The time you spend in the summer improving your math skills will save you time when you get to Texas A&M.

If I work in the summer, can I still participate in this program?
Yes. Please choose a session with online meetings that fit your schedule.

What do I need to participate in the program?
You will need a computer, a high-speed Internet connection, speakers, and a microphone. You will communicate with your tutor and other group members over the Internet, so you must have a way to speak to them (the microphone) and a way to hear them (the speakers). Some students prefer an all-in-one headset.

Will I receive college credit for taking this course?
No. This is not a credit bearing college course.

Can I use a calculator in this program?
No. All engineering and science calculus courses at Texas A&M prohibit calculators. To fully prepare you for those courses, calculators are prohibited.

What technology do I need?
You need a computer with a stable internet connection as well as audio capabilities and a microphone. You do not need video capabilities. If you experience difficulty, please contact the system’s technical support:
Instructional Technology Services Tech Support
Office and phone support hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time.
(979) 458-3417
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