Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll in Math 1225? Getting off to a good start in the first semester of college will have a lasting, positive effect on a student's undergraduate career. At Virginia Tech, we place special emphasis on the readiness of incoming freshmen to succeed in calculus. Some freshmen will automatically be qualified to enroll in Math 1225 by virtue of their transcript and exam scores. You can verify your status by reviewing your orientation page in Hokie Spa. If you are not pre-qualified, there are four gateways to become eligible to enroll in Math 1225:
- First Gateway: The first gateway opportunity is to take an online Readiness Test administered by the Math Department. To qualify to enroll in Math 1225, the student must achieve a score of 80% (20 out of 25) or better on this test.
- Second Gateway: The second gateway into Math 1225 is to achieve a grade of B or better in Math 1014.
- Third Gateway: The third gateway is to pass Math 1014 with a C and to achieve a grade of B or better in Math 1025.
- Fourth Gateway: The fourth gateway is to achieve a grade of B or better in Math 1536.
If students do not qualify for Math 1225 from any of the four gateways, we are confident that they are not ready for calculus. Our Calculus Readiness procedures have led to dramatic increases in grades in the calculus sequence, and also in the percentage of students who successfully complete their degrees in their initial intended calculus-related curricula.
More information can be found at http://www.emporium.vt.edu/Readiness/.
How do I force add into a math class? Force-Add is for students who, for reasons beyond their control, must add a mathematics course not on their schedules. Typical reasons are
- Must repeat a course failed last semester
- Not enrolled at Virginia Tech last semester
- Requested a Mathematics course at registration, but did not get it, and now all the sections are closed
- Changed majors and have new requirements for the degree
You will not be forced-added to a course if you received it at registration and dropped it later.
If you do not meet the above requirements, wait until after force-adds end. The Math Department will open the courses so that students can go to Hokie Spa, and enroll in classes that have seats available.
How do I get AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge Program credit for math classes? To receive AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge Program credit, scores must be sent directly to Virginia Tech from the testing agency. Information on VT course credit received from qualifying AP, IB, CLEP, or Cambridge Program exam scores can be found at http://www.math.vt.edu/flowcharts/AP_IB_CLEP_Cambridge_CreditforMath.pdf. More information on AP, IB, CLEP, and Cambridge Program credit can be found at https://registrar.vt.edu/registration-multi-brief/ap-ib-clep-credit.html.
What is the Math Emporium?
The Math Emporium is a center for mathematics that is equipped with
500 computers. Students go to the Emporium to take math courses, take
tests for courses, get tutoring for math courses, or just to study.
If you are enrolled in a course offered at the Math Emporium, the course will meet at the Emporium once at the beginning of the semester for an orientation class. After orientation, you do not have to go to the Emporium at a scheduled time and can go whenever it is convenient. Further information about the math Emporium can be found at http://www.emporium.vt.edu/.
What is credit-by-examination? Credit, not to exceed 12 semester hours, may be allowed by special examination where exceptional command of a subject can be demonstrated in lieu of formal course work. This privilege is not available to a student who has previously audited or enrolled in the course, or has previously attempted credit by examination in the course. If credit by examination is deemed appropriate, the offering department shall have full responsibility for determining the type of examination to be given and what constitutes a passing grade.
Credit established by examination may not be used to satisfy the in-residence requirements for graduation, and no grades or quality credits will be assigned.
There is a per-credit fee for the examination. The current fee is $10.00 per credit hour and is subject to change at the beginning of an academic year. Only currently enrolled undergraduate students are eligible for special examinations allowing university credit. Official approval must be obtained from the head of the department offering the course.
More information can be found at http://www.math.vt.edu/flowcharts/CreditbyExamination.pdf.
August 2018 Credit by Exam Information More information can be found at http://www.math.vt.edu/flowcharts/AugustCredit-By-ExamInstr2018.pdf.
What is the Trigonometry Module? The Trigonometry Module is the combination of the trigonometry section of our online textbook, online trigonometry practice problems, and the proctored assessment called the Trigonometry Test. Trig Module eligibility and a passing score (70%) on the 20 multiple choice question Trigonometry Test will earn Math 1014 transfer credit. Students who are eligible for the Trig Module will be notified by the math department via email.
More information can be found at http://www.emporium.vt.edu/trigmodule.