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  •  Mathematics Level
    Q1. What are the different levels of mathematics ?
    A1. There are two distinct mathematics levels: Basic Skills and College Level.

    Q2. What is Basic Skills Level?
    A2. There are two courses at the Basic Skills Level: MAT095 and MAT096. Based on the placement scores, students are placed into theses courses.

    Q3. Do students get credit for theses courses?
    A3. No, these courses have zero credits.

    Q4. What is College Level?
    A4. The first sequential college level course is College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT115). Students take MAT115 after completion of MAT096 or exemption by the the placement test. However, depending on the student's major, Statistics (MAT120), Medical Dosages (MAT106), Math and the Modern World (MAT107), or Math for Elementary Teachers (MAT103) may be the first college level course after MAT096.

     Waiver Exam
    Q1. What is a waiver exam?
    A1. A waiver exam gives an eligible student a second opportunity to move on to a higher level in mathematics. Generally, a waiver exam for a course is comparable to the final examination in that course. A student may seek a waiver for Mat 200 or Mat 201. Request for other mathematics courses must be made to the chairman of the department.

    Q2. Do I get credit for a course if I pass a waiver exam?
    A2 No, credit is not given for a course for which a student have passed a waiver exam.

    Q3. How do I make a request for a waiver exam?
    A3. A request for a waiver must be made to your professor within the first week of the semester. A instructor will grant a permission to take a waiver exam based on the student mathematics background the department policy.

    Q4. What is the minimum requirement to be eligible for a waiver?
    A4. A student must present evidence of knowledge in the subject area. Also a student must be registered for the first time for this course. A student with a W,WU,F,R,or IN in a course is NOT eligible to take a waiver exam.

     Placement Test
    Q1. What is the placement test?
    A1. The placement test is used by the department to put students at the appropriate level in mathematics courses; either in the Basic Skills courses or college mathematics courses. The test consists of two parts: the first part is arithmetic and the second part is algebra.

    Q2. Where can I get additional material to help me prepare for the placement test?
    A2. Additional material is available in the Mathematics Center (E 215) or online through the mathematics department website.

     Exemption Credit
    Q1. What is an exemption credit?
    A1. An exemption credit may be granted on the basis of an examination or project equivalent to the final requirement of the course.

    Q2. How do I apply for exemption credit?
    A2. You must consult the department chair or designee for exemption credit.

    Q3. What is the maximum number of exemption credit that I can receive?
    A4. The maximum number of exemption credits, from all departments, that can be counted towards a degree at LaGuardia is 10.

    Q4. Who is eligible to apply for exemption credits?
    A4. Only matriculated degree students are awarded exemption credits.

     Second Chance Courses
    Q1. What is a second chance course?
    A1. A second chance course is a course that is held anywhere between 5 to 8 days during the intersession. It is opened to students who have failed a course by a slight margin. A student who is enrolled in a second chance course is expected to attend all sessions.

    Q2. How do I get enroll for a second chance course?
    A2. Your professor must make a recommendation on your behalf at the end of the semester. Then you must fill an application in the mathematics office.

    Q3. Do I need to pay for a second chance course?
    A3. No, the second chance course is FREE of charge.

    Q4. May I take the second chance course if I have gotten an "R" grade several semesters ago?
    A4. No. Consult with the department chair for advice.

    Q5. I pass Mat 095 with a "good" grade, can I enroll for the Mat 096 second chance course?
    A5. A student who pass Mat 095 must register for a Mat 096 course. The second chance Mat 096 course is only for someone who have failed Mat096.

     Transfer Credit
    Q. I What is transfer credit?
    A1. A student may receive transfer credit for courses taken at other accredited colleges or university. These courses must be comparable to those offered at LaGuardia. All transfer credits are evaluated by the Transfer Credit Office.

    Q2. What grade must I have in a math course in order for to be transferred?
    A2. A grade of C or better must have been earned or D if taken at another unit of CUNY.

    Q3. What do I need to do to get transfers for mathematics courses if I did not pass the mathematics placement test with a score of thirty or more?
    A3. A student will have to take remedial courses in order to receive transfer credit for prior mathematics courses.

    Q4. Are remedial mathematics courses transferable?
    A4. No. Remedial mathematics courses are not transferable since they have zero credits.

    Q5. What courses are transferable?
    A5. Students may request transfer credit for Statistics (Mat120), Precalculus (Mat 200), or the Calculus sequences ( Mat 201,Mat 202,Mat 202, and Mat 203)

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