Is this class for me?
This class IS for you, if you are planning to major in Math, Science, Engineering or IST, but need to boost your algebra and trigonometry skills to get ready for calculus.
This class IS NOT for you, if you are well prepared in algebra and trig and ready to take calculus in the fall.
This class IS NOT for you, if you are not ready for algebra and need to refresh your arithmetic skills.
What is the benefit of my participating in MAP?
Students majoring in science or engineering are expected to take Calculus during their first semester; however, only about one half of our freshmen pursuing a "math heavy" major start with this course. The other students need to take a semester or two of pre-calculus math, such as algebra and trigonometry, in order to be prepared for Calculus. For some students, this may delay graduation and cost extra tuition money.
Participating in the MAP program gives an opportunity to learn college level algebra and trigonometry and get a flavor of college learning atmosphere prior to your first semester. This is a non-credit course, which means it will not affect your GPA or transcript.
You will be exposed to 6+ credits of course work for a price of just over one. If you invest your time and effort you may be able to start your fall semester with calculus and graduate earlier than you would have otherwise.
I am not quite sure if I am ready for calculus. Can you help me determine my level?
Yes, we have designed a pre-test.
How do I take the pre-test? When can I take it?
There are two ways to schedule the pre-test:
The pre-test takes one hour. Our testing center has flexible hours and should be able to accommodate your schedule. Keep in mind that you are not officially in the class until you have taken and passed the pre-test and a follow-up interview?
I am a rising sophomore. Can I take part in the MAP program?
Although the MAP program is designed primarily for incoming freshmen, we would be happy to put you on the waiting list if you pass the pre-test. We shall let you know a week before the beginning of the class whether you are admitted.
I am not a Penn State student. Can I take part in the MAP program?
Although the MAP program is designed primarily for Penn State students, we would be happy to put you on the waiting list if you pass the pre-test. We shall let you know a week before the beginning of the class whether you are admitted.
How is this class different from a regular math class?
What is the cost of the program?
$695 plus $25 technology fee
What is the technology fee?
The technology fee covers the administrative costs for a non-credit student's use of computer services at Penn State.
Are there any other hidden costs, such as for a textbook?
No, there is no textbook. All the necessary handouts will be provided.
What if I don’t pass the class?
You may not be able to start with calculus in the fall, but you may still place higher than you would have otherwise and save a semester time. All in all, you will be better prepared to succeed in a “math heavy” major.