Georgia Highlands College

MATH 0097


Some questions and answers for students

Why did I have to take this class?

You scored above the minimum score for admission to the college but below 32 on the Algebra portion of the COMPASS Placement Test. This indicates that your math skills are not sufficient to be successful in college mathematics. This class is designed to improve your skills in basic algebra.

What will this course do for me?

It will help you improve your math skills in areas such as linear equations, polynomials, and exponents. It will prepare you for the next academic support course, Math 0099. These two courses together will give you the skills necessary to pass credit-level math courses.

How many of these non-credit math courses must I take?

Students who place into MATH 0097 must complete this course and one more before advancing to credit-level math. If you are in MATH 0097, you will be required to pass it and then to pass MATH 0099 and the COMPASS Exit test at the end of that course before you enroll in credit-level mathematics.

What if I don't pass MATH 0097?

You will be required to repeat the course. State regulations require that you complete any academic support work within three semesters (see information below). Therefore, it is very important that you pass MATH 0097 on your first attempt.

How long do I have to complete my MATH 0097 AND MATH 0099?

You have three (3) semesters to complete ALL required academic support math courses. This means that both MATH 0097 and MATH 0099 must be successfully completed within three (3) semesters. Otherwise state regulations require that you be dismissed from college. If you have qualifying disability paperwork from the disability office at your campus, you may be eligible for additional attempts. See the disability specialist at your site for more information.

When do I take the COMPASS Exit test?

Students in MATH 0097 DO NOT TAKE the COMPASS Exit test. You will must pass Math 0097 and then take Math 0099 before you take the COMPASS Exit test.

What courses are open for me while I am in MATH 0097?

You are prohibited from taking any higher level math courses until you have successfully passed Math 0097, Math 0099 and the COMPASS Exit test. Other academic courses may be available to you depending upon your academic support requirements in other areas. Talk with your academic advisor for information about what is available for you.

Does this count in my grade point average (GPA)?

NO. Learning Support courses do not count in your GPA. However, they DO show on your transcript and they MAY AFFECT your eligibility for financial aid from either HOPE or Pell Grants.

Where can I get more information about this class?

Follow this link to Rule and Regulations, or contact the Office of Academic Support on the Floyd Campus at (706) 295-6357. For further discussion, see your instructor or one of the directors at your site of Georgia Highlands College. You can also contact any of these persons by e-mail.

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