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84408Jessica HurdusMW2:30 - 3:45 PMRandolph 331
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Math 1206 Basic Skills Test (Fall 2014)

The Department of Mathematics requires each student enrolled in Math 1206 to successfully complete, at the beginning of the term, an online Basic Skills Test covering very basic concepts from Math 1205.

Practice problems will be available to all students (not just students enrolled in Math 1206) on Monday,  August 18 at 5:00 PM. To access practice problems click on the "Enter Practice System" button in the menu on the left. Once you are logged in, choose the section "Calculus BST (Practice) (Fall 2014)" and then choose the Available Unit "Practice -- Math 1206 Basic Skills Test (400)".

The actual Basic Skills Tests will become available to all students enrolled in Math 1206 on the first day of classes (Monday, August 25) at 10:00 AM. Test availability will end on the last day to add classes (Friday, August 29).

The deadline for successfully completing the BST is Friday, August 29th. (On August 29th, a student must begin the BST no later than 10:00 PM and finish the test by 11:30 PM.)

Some details regarding the test and the departmental policy follow:

  • The primary goal of the Basic Skills Test is to get the students quickly and purposefully active in doing mathematics they have already seen in differential calculus, though they may have forgotten some of the material over summer/holiday breaks. The test will require a quick and timely review of those basic skills from differential calculus that are essential for success in Math 1206.

  • The Basic Skills Test is administered as a computer-based proctored test in the Math Emporium. (Students should request a "proctored test" when checking in at the Math Emporium, and should bring to the testing area only a writing instrument and student ID; no calculators, notes, or scrap paper.) The Basic Skills Test is comprised of 6 multiple-choice questions covering basic differentiation (product rule, quotient rule, trig functions, chain rule, max/min). A score of at least 5 correct is passing.

  • A student may make six total attempts at the proctored, on-the-record tests, during the published proctoring hours in the Math Emporium. There is no restriction on the number of BSTs that can be attempted in one day. (Note: A proctor must begin each on-the-record Basic Skills Test for the student.) The Basic Skills Test is available from August 25 to August 29, 2014. The proctoring schedule for the duration of the Basic Skills Test is:

    Proctored Hours for the Basic Skills Test
    Must start the test withinMust finish the test by
    Monday:10:00 AM - 10:30 PMmidnight
    Tuesday:10:00 AM - 10:30 PMmidnight
    Wednesday:10:00 AM - 10:30 PMmidnight
    Thursday:10:00 AM - 10:30 PMmidnight
    Friday:10:00 AM - 10:00 PM11:30 PM
  • Students in Math 1206 are urged to take the Basic Skills Test during the first few days of classes so that they will have maximum flexibility in making course schedule adjustments should that become necessary.

  • Students receive immediate results upon submitting the Basic Skills Test for grading. Hints are provided for each problem when the graded test is returned to the student. All past tests are available to the student for review at any time.

  • Daily updates of student pass/fail status are available to instructors of all Math 1206 sections.

  • All students in Math 1206 who have not passed the Basic Skills Test are so informed by the second week of classes. The message, email or written, explains that the student cannot receive a passing grade for the course and that the instructor cannot make exceptions. Appeals may be made to the Department of Mathematics.

  • All students have unlimited access to practice problems via "Practice System". The practice Basic Skills Test problems are constructed identically to the actual test problems, are accessible from anywhere, and are independent of the platform. Practice problems will be available a week before classes start.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Anderson at anderson@math.vt.edu.