Over the weekend, I pumped myself up to take my MATH 1821 placement test.
Just as a reminder, it has been exactly 10 years since I took my last math-based course. I passed it with a C and my professor was Sister Ann Mason, a bona fide nun. As if Algebra wasn’t scary enough! What I will always remember about Sister Ann was that she walked down stairs backwards. She would turn around and take each step with her back to the stairwell. I have no idea why she did this; many a joke in my honor claim that she was afraid of an attack by her sullen student. I would never even think about pushing a nun down the stairs, especially when she has my grade and soul in her possession.
I have been pouring over websites and tutorials and 7th grade math textbooks to review for my placement test. I was so nervous that I wouldn’t even qualify to be in the low-level course. Just when I couldn’t reduce another fraction or plot another line, I knew that I couldn’t procrastinate any longer. It was time. I signed into my online account and clicked on “Begin Placement Test.”
The test was 20 multiple choice questions – two factors that played into my favor. I felt fairly confident as I calculated my way through the exam. There was only one hiccup that occurred: my browser didn’t display two visuals that I needed to answer their corresponding questions. I knew that I could email my professor and the Help Desk afterwards, so I took my best guess and answered “A” – always in doubt I answer “A” for Amanda. When I completed my test, I hit “Save” and “Submit.”
Within a few seconds I had my results. Assuming that two of my incorrect answers were the result of the missing information from my previous paragraph, I think my score was pretty good. I got an 80% which qualified me to take my MATH 1821 course. Congratulate me! I have the mathematical aptitude of a middle schooler!