MTE: Math Essentials Frequently Asked Questions
Why developmental math?
TCC recognizes that many students are not quite
prepared to take college-level math. With our support and some hard work on the
student’s part, however, we believe that most students can reach and succeed in
How do I know if I
need to take developmental math?
Since placement in math is
determined by placement
test results, it is important that students take the college’s placement
tests seriously and that they do their personal best. After taking the placement
tests, students should meet with a counselor or academic advisor during a Freshman Orientation Centered Upon
Success (FOCUS) session or make an appointment to visit one prior to
registering for classes. Performance on the math placement test along with the
student's academic goals at TCC will determine the math courses that a student
What is developmental math?
- Prior to spring 2012,
developmental math consisted of 3 courses, each offered as a 4-credit or
5-credit course: MTH 2, MTH 3, and MTH 4.
- Beginning with spring 2012, developmental math will be offered as 9
separate 1-credit MTE courses. A student may take up to four MTE courses
during a semester/term. The developmental math coursework that students will be
required to take depends on his or her proficiency in math and the college-level
math coursework that must be completed to meet the requirements of his or her
plan of study.
Why the change for
- To reduce the amount of time it takes a student to
complete developmental math (to one year or less for most students)
- To increase student success in mathematics
- To promote the likelihood that a student will
graduate from TCC
What happens if I change
my program of study?
Students who change their
program of study should consult with a college counselor or academic advisor to
determine if the proficiency level expected in math differs for the new program
What if I change my class schedule and how might this
impact any aid I am
TCC advises students to register for and participate in all classes, especially its
developmental classes (if applicable). To maximize financial aid
eligibility, students should register for all classes they
intend to take by the last day to drop for tuition refund for a regular
semester/term—regardless of the start date or deadlines for a given class within
that particular semester/term. Since the amount of aid awarded and disbursed is
based upon a student’s enrollment as of this date, students should avoid any
modification to their overall credit hours of enrollment.
placement test results, some students will be directed to take a college-level
English or math course. As with any course, if a student decides to drop or
withdraw, there may be financial and/or academic consequences. Students should discuss dropping the course with their faculty member and be
aware of the deadlines before doing
so. These deadlines are particularly important for students who have been
awarded the Federal Pell Grant, other Federal grants, Federal Student Loans,
state grants, veterans benefits, military tuition assistance (TA), etc.
a student earns a grade in a course that requires a re-take (e.g., “F,”
“U,” or “R”), he or she should re-enroll in the class that needs to be
taken again, drop the class(es) in which he or she is
no longer eligible to take (if applicable), and add any new
additional class(es) that are needed to maintain the total number of
credit hours for which financial aid eligibility was determined.
For example, if you
were placed into MTE 1, 2, and 3, and were not successful in MTE 1, you should
(within the same day), drop MTE 2 and 3, re-enroll in MTE 1, and enroll in MTE
2. For more information, students are encouraged to contact any Enrollment
Should I retake the math placement test?
test scores are valid for two (2) years after the date of the test. Students who
do not enroll in developmental math are allowed to take one (1) retest within
twelve (12) months. Students who attempt developmental mathematics will be
ineligible for a retest