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Do I need to take the ALEKS math test?

May 21, 2014 · No Comments

After watching your Orientation modules you may be wondering, “do I need to take the ALEKS math test?”  If you are going to take a pre-calculus, calculus 1, and/or a statistics class this fall, you must complete the online ALEKS math test before orientation. Additionally, if you will be taking calculus 1 in the fall, you will take the second part of the math test during orientation.

So how do you know if you will be taking a math class this fall? 

There are many majors on campus that require pre-calculus, calculus 1, and/or statistics and therefore will require you to take the ALEKS math test. Below is a list of those majors:

*Although these majors require pre-calculus, calculus 1, and/or statistics, it is not necessary to take it during your first semester. Since ALEKS scores expire after 4 months, you should consider the timing of when you plan to take the math course before deciding when to take the ALEKS math test.

What if you already have credit for pre-calculus, calculus 1, and/or statistics? 

If you’ve already earned credit for the math class required for your major and you will NOT be taking pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics at UT in the fall, then you do not need to take the ALEKS test. If you are not sure if you already have credit, or plan to take one of those math classes despite your AP scores or previously earned credit, then you need to complete the ALEKS math test.

If you have any questions, you can email ugs-advising@austin.utexas.edu.

NOTE:  In addition, you will need to take the online ALEKS Chemistry test if you plan to take CH301 (Chemistry for Science Majors) this fall as well.  It is a different ALEKS exam.

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Registration changes

February 26, 2014 · No Comments

Attention!! Attention!! FRESH OFF THE PRESS!

Registration Changes:

The University of Texas at Austin is changing the order in which students will register. Students’ registration time will now be based on progress toward degree completion.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?!?!?! (For UGS students)

  • Your registration will be based on how many hours (out of 120 hours) you have completed.
  • You will be given the SAME OPPORTUNITY to register as all students who are DECLARED.
  • No, you do NOT need to claim all your Credit By Exam (AP/IB/CLEP).
    • Talk to your academic advisor before you claim any credits!
  • You do not need to rush to declare a major (unless you are in your 4th semester in UGS).
  • Registration advising for UGS students will begin shortly after spring break.
  • Be on the lookout for an email from your academic advisor about making a registration appointment (remember, it is MANDATORY).

You will want to look carefully at the course schedule to see which classes will be offered.

  • The Summer 2014 course schedule will be published on MARCH 25th.
  • The Fall 2014 course schedule will be published on APRIL 1st (No, this is not an April Fool’s joke).

Registration will begin on April 14th.

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Let’s Get Down to Business

February 13, 2014 · No Comments

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I might want to open a business one day, so I should be a business major?”  Actually, there are a variety of ways to gain the business skills necessary to open your own business, and only one of them is to earn a business degree. There are four different programs offered by McCombs School of Business that are open to non business majors.

  • Texas Business Foundations Program (BFP)- This is a certificate program that can give you a background in a variety of  business disciplines. If you are looking for a broad business background that you can pair with another major, this is a great opportunity! You can specialize in the Industrial track or the Health Care track.  They offer a summer program called the Business Foundations Summer Institute  that can be a great way to finish many courses in the program at once and gain some experience. You must apply for the Summer Institute.
  • The Undergraduate Real Estate Certificate (Texas URE)- With this certificate, you can learn more about the real estate business.  The focus is less about selling homes and more about the purchasing of commercial properties.
  • Energy Management Program- This program has classes in business, geoscience, petroleum operations, law, energy technologies, and policy.  If you are interested in the production, distribution, and consumption of energy, this could be for you!
  • Supply Logistics Optimization Certificate- This certificate helps you learn the technical skills needed in the industrial and manufacturing side of supply chain logistics and management skills necessary in the field.

If you have any questions about these programs and how they could fit into your degree, see your Vick Center advisor.

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Resolutions for a Successful Semester

January 10, 2014 · No Comments

It is the beginning of a new year! This year, resolve to do the following things and you will find more success in your classes:

  • Resolve to meet with your professors – Your professors hold office hours specifically to help you! You can meet with them to ask questions and get some guidance on how to succeed in your class.
  • Resolve to use Sanger Learning Center - Did you know that everyone gets at least five free sessions of one-on-one tutoring? Also, everyone has access to unlimited drop-in tutoring sessions.  If you want advice on study skills, you can see a learning specialist.
  • Resolve to see your advisor – Stop by Jester and meet with your advisor.  They can talk to you about classes, majors, and how to study effectively.
  • Resolve to use the Writing Center - Do you have papers in your classes this year? They can help you form a thesis and help strengthen your content.

What other academic resolutions do you have this year?

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Surviving Finals

November 26, 2013 · No Comments

Finals can be a stressful time.  The end of the semester is near, so trying to stay focused and productive can be challenging.  For a quick lesson on how to optimize your study time, check out this video: The Science of Productivity

Want some more advice? The Sanger Learning Center has a great workshop called Surviving Finals 101 that can help you achieve success during finals.

Also, don’t forget that if a class is not going well, you should schedule an appointment to talk with your advisor about your options.

Best wishes on finals!

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