I have always worked hard in high school to achieve greater levels in my education. I haven't always been great at math, but last year I worked hard to maintain a B in pre calc. I took the math compass placement exam today, and didn't do as well as I thought I would have. There seemed to be simple questions in pre algebra, algebra, geometry, college algebra, and trig. As you continue on with the test, the questions either go back to simple math, or more advanced math depending on if you answered the question right or not. I noticed I was getting realy easy questions from pre algebra, which made me nervous. When I was done with the test, they gave me my results.
I am a little embarrassed to say what I got on it, but my university wants at least a 47 in algebra, or else it is required to take a math class that doesn't generate credit toward graduation.. I got a 44. I don't know how it's even possible. I looked at some of the sample questions and studied them for a bit before I scheduled an appointment for the test. I realize that I have to do what I have to do in order to get caught up now and be ready for college level math, but I thought I was. I know that I shouldn't look negatively on it, but this class is going to end up costing money with no credit. I am going to be attending a university, so it is already more expensive than if I would attend a junior college.
Anyway, I realize that I might have to take some summer classes at a junior college. It would really conflict with work, but I would have to make some big adjustments in my availability for the summer when I come back. If anyone else has/had to take remedial classes while attending a university, how well did it work out for you? I'm also trying to figure out where the disconnect is, and I'm going to get myself an algebra book or something to help me more. I would retake the test, but I have to wait at least 7 days, and it would be too late as orientation is in less than two weeks, and they require us to take it two weeks beforehand.