# Fall Start Math Skills Self-Assessment

(UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 8th, 2011:  Summer Start students should view the information at the bottom of the page)

*UPDATED AS OF JULY 28th, 2011*

Your core course faculty requires that you be proficient in certain math skills before you begin the program.  The Math Self-Assessment will help you to assess your skills in this area.  The Math Workshop is designed for you to learn or refresh your skills in order to help you be as prepared as possible for your first year's core courses.

Math Skills Requirement

For the economics, statistics, and finance core courses, you will need to be proficient in:

·      Data Relations (Equalities and inequalities, absolute value, ratios and fractions, summation notation)

·         Functions & Graphs (linear functions, nonlinear functions, summation notation)

·         Systems of Equations

·         Exponents (the laws of exponents, quadratic formula)

·         Logarithms (compound interest and e, exponential growth, natural logarithms)

·       Familiarity with basic calculus, at the level of taking derivatives of polynomial expressions and using first-order conditions to determine maxima and minima

We strongly advise you to study and/or review these self-study materials before you start your core classes at Stern as your professors will assume that you have this knowledge, and many of the concepts that you will be learning will rely on these skills.

Your Core Course Faculty has created a 20 question Math Skills Self-Assessment to help you assess your skills in this area.   It should take you between 20-45 minutes to complete.  We ask that you take the self-assessment before arriving at Stern. Use the Answer Key to score your exam to learn your results.  Your results will be a good indicator as to whether you need to take the Math Workshop.  Note:  the in-class Math Assessment that was originally scheduled for August 25th has been canceled, and this Self-Assessment has replaced the in-class exam.

Process:

1.      Study and/or review the Math Skills Self-Study Materials.

2.  Take the Math Self-Assessment (20 questions)

o     15 or fewer questions correct – Enroll in the Math Workshop:

·         Register for the Math Workshop.

·         A fee of \$350 will be charged to your Bursar account

o     All others:  If you’d like a refresher in your Math Skills, please enroll also.

Math Workshop

This workshop is designed to help you refresh or learn the required Math Skills so that you are best prepared for your first year core classes.   Professor Avi Giloni will conduct an 8 hour Math Workshop during Launch 2011 (formerly Pre-Term) on these skills.  The cost of the workshop is \$350.  Once you register, your Bursar account will be charged.   The deadline to register is Wednesday, August 17, 2011.

Register for the Workshop.

Math Workshop Schedule:

8 hours total, 3 sessions:
1.  Thursday, August 25th 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
2.  Sunday, August 28th 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
3.  Monday, August 29th 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Summer Start Students - Post-Prep Exam

*UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 8th, 2011*

For Summer Start students who were enrolled in the Math Skills Workshop, the Post-Prep Exam (with solutions) is now available.  Students should take the Post-Prep exam as a self-assessment.