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?
An Engineering (or similar) career demands an exceptionally strong background in mathematics and physics. Students majoring in engineering are expected to take Calculus during their first semester and progress to more advanced classes afterwards. All these courses build on top of each other, so it is crucial for one’s academic progression to only take calculus when ready. Otherwise one will struggle and waste a semester, which may delay graduation and cost extra tuition money.
Participating in the MAP program provides a great opportunity to learn college level algebra and trigonometry and get a flavor of college learning atmosphere during the summer 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 can. Penn State has adopted the ALEKS math assessment system. All entering first-year students are required to take the assessment.
How do I take the ALEKS test? When can I take it?
New Penn State students will receive information on how to take the test. You can take the test online from any location. Please follow this link for more information.
Please keep in mind that you are not officially in the class until you have taken the ALEKS test and attended a follow-up interview (upon test completion, contact Dr. Mike Kagan at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your interview).
I am a rising sophomore. Can I take part in the MAP program?
Although the MAP program is designed primarily for incoming Penn State 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?
- MAP includes various thinking and skill-building activities, as opposed to memorization tasks. You will be expected to develop necessary math skills rather than to memorize a bunch of facts and spit them out on the test.
- Hands-on projects with real life applications. You will work in teams and develop collaborative skills. You will do some original work and master standard useful software.
- MAP combines the most crucial elements of Algebra I (MATH 21), Algebra II (MATH 22) and Trigonometry (MATH 26) all in one class to get you ready for calculus. In addition, Algebra II and Trigonometry are often taken in parallel in the same semester. In the MAP program, we make sure you have all the necessary algebra skills before moving on to trigonometry.
- You will get a feel for college without spending a large amount of money. For instance, your performance will be graded by college standards, e.g. based on correctness, completeness etc., not on effort.
What is the cost of the program?
$100 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.