Consistent with our Day One philosophy, we offer resources to help you prepare for the Math Exams.

What are the Math Exams?

All incoming Harris master's students with the exception of those in the MACRM program must take the mandatory math exams on Monday, September 18, 2017, starting at 8:45 a.m.  The exams ensure students have the quantitative skills in preparation for the statistics and microeconomics courses in the Core. 

These exams will cover both algebra and calculus material and are a degree requirement. Students who pass-out of the algebra coursework during the Harris Mathematics Pre-Core Program will not be required to sit for the algebra portion of the exams.

If you do not pass one or both portions of the math exams, you will need to enroll in a non-credit math course during autumn quarter (PPHA 30101 algebra, PPHA 30102 calculus). Class meeting times/days will be announced prior to registration. There is no tuition and there are no fees associated with these courses. These courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.

Should I Attend the Harris Mathematics Pre-Core Program?

You know yourself best and will likely be able to determine how much additional preparation you will need for the math exams.

The Harris Mathematics Pre-Core Program (commonly referred to as HMPP or Math Camp) is held in late August and is designed to prepare students who want to study or review algebra and calculus principles prior to the math exams. Many students take advantage of the program.


To help determine if you should attend the HMPP, we recommend that you take the algebra and calculus self-assessments. The self-assessments will give you a sense of how much preparation you need for the math exams and will identify the topics in which you need the most help.

It's best if you can take the entire self-assessment in one sitting, during the indicated two hour time limit, so find a quiet space with no notes or calculators. Score your self-assessments using the grading guides.

Additional Preparation

Some incoming students who have not used mathematics skills recently find it beneficial to enroll in a college level algebra or calculus course in a local college or through online course platforms. Should the mathematics principles encountered in the mathematics self-assessment be less familiar, we highly recommend taking a course locally before coming to Harris for the HMPP.

In addition, the Jumpstart Program is a two-week customized program designed specifically for enrolling students that have a limited quantitative background prior to joining Harris. Acceptance into the program is based on invitation.

Study Resources

Supplemental study materials, including online lectures, practice materials, will help you review material covered in the self-assessment and prepare you for the HMPP and the math exams.

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