Math Learning Module
Mathematics: Becoming College Ready and Completing General Studies Level I
Students must complete a General Studies Math course as a requirement for graduation from MSU Denver, and for many majors this course is a prerequisite for major coursework. Consequently students must become college ready and complete General Studies Math course within the first 30 semester hours at MSU Denver.
How can students become eligible to take a college-level math course?
- Enter MSU Denver with an ACT Math score of 19-25 or higher, taken within the last 5 years (depending on which Math course is needed)
- Enter MSU Denver with an SAT Math score of 460-570 or higher, taken within the last 5 years (depending on which Math course is needed)
- Review your math and take the Accuplacer, which can be taken twice for free at the MSU Denver Assessment and Testing Center.
- Review materials and review session information can be found on the Math Department website or the Testing Center website
- If you receive a lower score on the Accuplacer than you need to take the course you need, then you must take, depending on the score, remedial courses (Basic Skills courses) at a community college.
- MSU Denver students can register through ConnectU for CCD Basic Skills courses (see document called Choosing Courses based on your Assessment Scores)
If I need to take Basic Skills courses, which one do I register for?
|Score on Arithmetic (AR) or Elementary Algebra (EA) Exam||Basic Skills Course|
|0-56 (AR)||MAT 030 OR MAT 045*|
|57-120 (AR)||MAT 060 or MAT 070*|
|45 - 60 (EA)
If EA <45 use AR at CCD
|61-84 (EA)||MAT 099**|
*MAT 045 and MAT 070 are new courses for Spring 2013. See http://www.ccd.edu/ccd.nsf/html/WEBB87UAA8-New!+MAT+045070+Class+available+for+Spring+registration for more information on these courses.
**If you scored 61 or higher on the Elementary Algebra exam or 65 or higher on the College Level Math exam, see the Assessment and Testing Center to see which course(s) you are eligible to take please also note the courses required or recommended by different majors.
How do I find my placement exam score?
If you have already taken the placement exam, but you do not remember what score you received or what basic skills class you need to complete, there are several ways you can find your score:
- Look up the score in ConnectU:
- Login to ConnectU
- Click on My Services/Registration Tab
- Click on My Services / Registration link
- Click Orientation and Assessment Testing Menu link
- Click the Get Your Test Results link
- Refer to the results sheet you were given, with your exam score and which course you should take (if you still have it, of course)
- Contact the Assessment and Testing Center
How do I register for Basic Skills classes?
Although you may take any of the Basic Skills courses at any community college, most students choose to take them at Community College of Denver (CCD) because you can register for them as a MSU Denver student. This is generally easier, as you will be using the same registration system, ConnectU, to register for all your classes. You also would not need to apply for admissions to the community college. And for students receiving financial aid, enrolling in Basic Skills classes as a MSU Denver student generally allows these classes to count toward your financial aid hours, except for any course at the 030 level--see more information on Financial Aid issues for 030 courss and our recommended options.. Also see information about financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress for important limitations for.) To enroll in CCD Basic Skills classes in Math, follow the directions below.
Registering for the Basic Skills Math Course
- In the Subject box, select CCD Mathematics (MAT) (not MSU Denver's Mathematical Sciences (MTH) subject--alphabetized with the Cs)
- In the Course Number box, type the course number you need to add (030, 045, 060, 070, 090, 099).
- It isn't required to add the course number, but because there tend to be many sections of these courses, it will make it easier to find the right sections for you
- Click the Class Search button
- Once you find an open section that works for you, check the box
- Click the Register button
- Make sure you look to make sure there are no errors and that you registered for the time and day you intended
I can see the time and day for my class, but not the location.
Because room locations are determined by CCD well after the times and days are determined, we sometimes have a difficult time maintaining accurate room locations for these courses within ConnectU. If the room location isn't showing up on your schedule, to find the location of these classes, here is what you can do:
- Stop by the CCD Welcome Desk in the lobby of the South Classroom or by South 313 to find the room location
- Search for the class location at the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) Master Calendar
I have low math test scores. Why not just put off taking my math course?
First of all, students must complete General Studies Math course within the first 30 semester hours. Eventually you will prohibited from taking any courses at all at Metro if you don't pass your math course.
Secondly, math courses are a gateway to many majors or to required courses in the major.
- Examples of courses you can't take without being college-ready in Mathematics:
- Introductory courses in Biology, Chemistry, Integrated Science, Physics, and Nutrition required or recommended for majors or programs such as
- Environmental Science
- Integrative Therapeutic Practices
- Criminal Justice
- Human Performance and Sport
- Athletic Training
- Hotel, Tourism, and Events
- Industrial Design
- Special Education
- Elementary Education Licensure
- Examples of courses you can't take without first completing Mathematics Requirement
- Business Core courses
- Most Psychology courses beyond PSY 1001, which could affect your ability to take required courses in
- Political Science
- Recreation Professions
- ECO 2010 and ECO 2020
- One or both of these courses are required for majors or programs in
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Civil Engineering Technology
- Behavioral Science
- Health Care Management
- Social Studies Licensure programs
- PHY 2311, required for these majors
- Civil Engineering Technology
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Research courses required by one or more majors
- NUR 3400
- SOC 3590
Once I am college ready, which math course should I take?
The right math course for you will depend on which courses are allowed, recommended, or required for your major or majors. To determine which is the best course for your particular situation, you should talk to an advisor.
I think I might need additional support in becoming college-ready. What is available?
- The College's Tutoring Center on a walk-in basis only. Look under Math Assessment or CCD 030, 060, 090, 099 for available walk-in times
- Beginning Spring 2013, CCD will offer an Accuplacer Prep Lab where for a nominal fee per semester a student may spend as much time as needed preparing for the Accuplacer exam. This should be particularly helpful if you had a solid background in math, but it has been a long time since you have used those skills
What do I do next?
- Click Math Remedial Quiz on the left-hand menu
- The quiz covers the material you have just been reading
- You can refer back to this material as you take the quiz
- You have to get all 5 question right in order to pass the quiz
- If you don't get all the questions correct, you can retake the quiz (up to 4 times) and view your previous attempts
- If this happens, a link called What happens if I don't pass this quiz? appears, with more information about retaking the quiz
- After passing the quiz
- You will take a brief survey
- Then you will fill out a form with your Student ID (900 number--all 9 digits, no spaces or other characters) and MSU Denver user name
- The hold comes off when this last step is complete and the form is submitted!