Intermediate Algebra New Approach – Test 1

September 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

The results from the first test are in, and things seem to be going pretty well.

Of the 46 students (I also have one out with strep throat), 37 of them had satisfactory homework and quiz scores. (Satisfactory scores are 90% or above for each MyMathLab homework assignment and at least 70% on each MyMathLab quiz.)

Of those 37 students, 25 earned 3 points on the exam (they scored 80% or higher on the exam), 8 earned 2 points on the exam (they scored between 70% & 79%), and 4 failed the exam.

Those 4 students who failed the exam will be allowed to retake the test, provided they complete 2 assignments that I give. The first assignment is to correct their exam – reworking any problem they lost points on and explaining their errors in their own words. The second assignment is a review assignment.

Of the 9 students with unsatisfactory homework or quiz scores, 7 passed the test and earned 1 point. 5 of those students scored above 80% (and would have had 3 points if they had satisfactory homework and quiz scores), and the other scores in the 70s (and would have earned 2 points). Two of the 9 students did not pass the test and are not eligible to retake the test.

Here’s what I am hoping for:

  • The students who had unsatisfactory homework and quiz scores will come through and do the work for the second exam.
  • The students who failed the first test after performing well on the homework and quizzes will improve their performance on the second test.
  • The students who earned 2 or 3 points on the first test will continue their hard work and do just as well on the second test, which covers more difficult material.

– George

I am a math instructor at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. If there’s a particular topic you’d like me to address, or if you have a question or a comment, please let me know. You can reach me through the contact page on my website –


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