Archive | December 17, 2013

Testing

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I left work early to head to the college for my COMPASS placement test. Seeing as it’s been over 10 years since I graduated high school and my math review didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, I had my expectations set low. After a long wait, I finally got started.

Of course, math was first. I was able to pick a level to start with, so I chose the middle, which was algebra. I must have been doing alright, because at some point it switched to college algebra on me. I was totally clueless on a few questions, but did my best.

After the test, I was surprised to find out I had scored well enough on the math section to place right in the class I need, Analytic Geometry & Calculus I! My reading and writing scores were perfect as well, receiving a recommendation to look into honors courses, so I headed over to talk to an advisor and see what my next step would be.

The advisor told me I should start with the aforementioned math class (she was surprised I tested into it, saying it’s extremely rare!) as well as College Composition II (I took I in the one semester of college I have under my belt so far). After turning in forms and talking to financial aid, I went to register for my classes, only to discover that my math class only had three sections, and they were all full.

After another talk with advisors, it was recommended that I contact the math department chair to see if there was any way I could take the class this semester. My major is very math intensive, so it’s important I start the math as soon as possible. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping they’ll be able to do something from me, but I got an out of office reply from the math chair, so I’m a bit disappointed.

No matter the outcome, I was pleasantly surprised by myself today, and I came home to much deserved cake and a few presents from my roomie~

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Busy weekend!

I had intended to update daily, but this past weekend was busier than I had thought it would be. On Saturday, my work had a (very disorganized) bowling holiday party, which I left early to go see this!

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I was glad I did, because I really enjoyed the movie. When it was over, we went to Red Robin with my parents (since my dad wanted to be somewhere he could watch hockey!)

On Sunday, I had to work six hours, ate, then went home to do some chores and start studying for my upcoming COMPASS test. After killing my brain, I decided that I would NOT be ready to take it on Monday, unfortunately.

Last night, after working late, I tried to look for a Christmas gift (without success) and then went home to study some more as I watched the Blues game. They ended up losing in OT, and I ended up with a headache after looking at algebra problems all night! By the end of the night I determined that my level was good enough, and so today after work I’m going to take the test. I’m nervous about the math section, but I think I’ll do fine, and will probably only have to take some sort of trigonometry class before diving in to the college level math.

I also hope to know what my class schedule will look like by the end of the day. After the test is over I’ll make my way to talk to some advisers who will hopefully point me in the right direction. This is all a bit scary but I know I can do it!