Math Department

Mathematics Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Mathematics' most commonly asked questions.

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Can I get on a wait list if a math class is full?

The TMCC math department doesn't keep wait lists. Individual instructors may or may not keep wait lists—the student should contact the instructor for the instructor's policy on wait lists.

What do I do if I have tested below Math 95?

Contact the TMCC Skills Center for math skills review options.

What do I do if the math class I want to take is full?

Try to find another section of the same class. If no other section is available or suitable, contact the instructor. During the 100% drop period, an instructor may drop students for non-attendance (or for not having met the class prerequisites) to make room for qualified students who are waiting to get into the class. Each instructor will have an individual policy to deal with such matters, so students who are waiting to get into a class should contact the instructor to find out what is the instructor's policy regarding full classes.

Why do I have to pass a math class with a grade of "C" or better to move on to the next math class in a sequence?

Receiving a "D" grade in a prerequisite class puts a student at great risk for failure in the next class—in fact, even a grade of "C" puts a student more at risk in the next class than if the student has earned an "A" or a "B" in the prerequisite class. The requirement that a student must pass a class with a grade of "C" or better to move on to the next class in a math sequence is a minimal requirement put in place to help students succeed in their math classes.

Why do I have to take the ACCUPLACER test before I enroll in my first TMCC math class?

Proper placement is essential for success in a math class. The ACCUPLACER math test provides a measure of a student's readiness to take a given math class.

Why does it matter whether or not I have the prerequisite for a math class?

Math, more than any other subject, builds on itself. The knowledge and skills acquired in each class are essential for success in the next class.

Why does the TMCC math department have a "two-year rule" for test scores and transcripts?

As the saying goes, "If you don't use it, you lose it." The TMCC math department considers that after two years mathematical knowledge has faded in a student's mind to the point where taking the prerequisite class again, or testing into the class, is warranted.