The Personalized Precalculus Program (PPP) at Texas A&M University is a three-week, online program designed to improve the success rates of prospective students who will be taking Calculus I. Students who obtain a score in the range of 14 to 21 (out of 33) on the Math Placement Exam (MPE) are strongly encouraged to enroll in the program. The cost of enrollment for the summer 2015 session is $150.
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Why the PPP?
Studies have shown that engineering students who pass their first calculus class with a grade of at least a C, are much more likely to graduate and earn their engineering or science degree in four years. Students who earn a score of 22 (out of 33) on the Texas A&M Math Placement Exam (MPE) have a 70 percent chance of obtaining a grade of C, or better, in their first calculus course, and thus are likely to earn their degree in four years. For students whose MPE score is less than 22, the statistics are not as favorable. A student, for example, whose score is an 18 (out of 33) on the MPE has a 55.9 percent chance of obtaining a grade of C, or better, in their first calculus course and thus, they are at risk of not obtaining their degree on time. These statistics, and the desire to position students for better success in college mathematics, are the driving forces behind the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics Personalized Precalculus Program (PPP).