Math Self-AssessmentYour Core course faculty require that you be proficient in certain math skills as you begin the program. The Math Self-Assessment will help you to assess your skills in this area. The Math Preparation Course 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 classes.
Math Skills RequirementFor 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 the Math Skills Self-Study Materials before you start your Core classes at Stern. Your professors will assume that you have this knowledge, and many of the concepts that you will be learning will rely on these skills.
Math Skills Self-Study
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 and learn your results. Your results will be a good indicator as to whether you need to take the Math Preparation Course.
Math Skills Self-Assessment
- Study and/or review the Math Skills Self-Study Materials
- Take the Math Skills Self-Assessment (20 questions)
- Score your assessment exam using the Answer Key
- 15 or fewer questions correct – Enroll in the Math Preparation Course
- All other students are encouraged to enroll in the Math Preparation Course if they would like a refresher on their math skills
Math Preparation CourseThis preparation course contains three classroom sessions, designed to help you refresh or learn the required math skills so that you are best prepared for your first-year Core classes.
The following topics will be covered in three sessions, totaling about nine hours. Methodologies are illustrated with business examples.
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You may register for the Math Preparation Course when you complete the Fall registration form. A fee of $350 will be charged to your Bursar account for the preparation course.
The Fall 2015 Math Preparation Course dates are still being finalized. Please check back for updated dates and times.