Here’s the deal, I’m going back to school this fall to take pre-reqs. for a radiation therapy program. Everything is all lined up so that I can apply to the program on Dec. 1 (they count spring classes), but I have one problem…algebra.

The math class I need is called Math 153 and it’s an intermediate algebra class. The pre-req. for it is Math 111, which is an intro to algebra class. As of right now I can’t even sign up for 111 because I have no math on my transcript. They told me I have to take a placement test to see where my skills are and what class is appropriate for me.

If I have to take 111, that means I’ll take 153 in the spring, which leaves out the trigonometry class that I need as a pre-req. This one class could put me back a whole year in applying to this program.

The problem is that I never took much math in high school and in college I took the one required course three times and finally passed with a D. Yeah, pretty bad, I know. But I want so badly to test into this 153 class that I have bought an intro to algebra book and an intermediate algebra book and have been doing nothing but studying for the past four days or so. I want to take the test next Wed. I know it’s a long shot, but I am going to study like hell to get into that 153 class.

For those who have taken math placement tests, what was it like? I was told they do it on a computer and it uses your answers to give you the next problem and then stops when you are unable to answer any more. I have no idea what exact material will be on it, so I can’t study specifics.

And for any algebra whizzes, what should I concentrate on?

I’d appreciate any help you can give. Thanks in advance.