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  •  I'm also a non-trad (3+ / 0-)
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    Nulwee, fiddler crabby, leavingthezoo

    My first placement test I tested into the "developmental math" classes. Now I am three semesters away from getting an applied math degree (if I can ever afford to go back to school). I actually got an algebra book and taught myself algebra and then retook the placement test and tested into pre-calc. That was what kick-started my love of math.

    If I manage to finish, I would like to teach at a community college some day. I think they are an amazing value. I wish more people would go, even just to take classes for personal enjoyment.

    The fact that I had never taken the ACT or SAT closed off a lot of door when it came time to transfer.

    •  Oops, failed to mention (2+ / 0-)
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      Nulwee, fiddler crabby

      That that is three semesters away from getting my BS in math. I got my associate degree in 2009, spent a year at uni with good grades (dean's list, etc), but then had financial problems that have prevented me from finishing.

    •  Not taking the ACT or SAT concerned me... (2+ / 0-)
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      ThatPoshGirl, JSc

      It's good fortune if a certain GPA is maintained with a certain number of hours in community college, that the 4-year college I will be attending does not hold that against me. Although, I am still considering taking one, just to see where I would place.

      I am saddened that the costs are the preventing factor in your ability to finish up. I will keep you in thought and heart, hoping a path is somehow provided.

      •  The ACT and SAT are scarier than they should be (0+ / 0-)

        Honestly, I wish they'd throw both tests out.  Everyone in academia knows that the tests are both horribly biased in favor of financially well-off students and school districts.

        That said, they're the only game in town, sadly, if you plan to head to a 4-year college or university.  Fortunately, there are a number of programs (don't read that as "enough programs") in place to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds enter college even if their SAT or ACT scores are less than stellar.

        You think it's hot? Imagine what it would be like if global warming really existed!

        by JSc on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:00:05 PM PST

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