Diagnostic tests in calculus and statistics will be administered during the first two days of Orientation Week on Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22. All students are strongly encouraged to review the key topics in calculus and statistics thoroughly prior to Orientation Week.
Exams are primarily multiple choice and calculators are not permitted. Students will have 1 hour and 15 minutes to take each test. Only students who have successfully completed prerequisite-level courses in calculus and statistics may take the diagnostic exams during fall orientation. Successful grades on prerequisite level courses and diagnostic exams will allow students to enroll in graduate level courses requiring calculus and statistics as prerequisites. Those students with low scores relative to their peers will be required to engage in self-study or take remedial coursework prior to diagnostic retesting and preparation for enrollment into various ENVIRON classes with statistics and/or calculus as prerequisites. Avoid this!! Study ahead of time. Again, students who have not successfully completed prerequisite level courses, by the start of fall orientation week, may not take the diagnostic exams. After orientation week, the next opportunity to take the diagnostic exams will be in spring 2018.
- Review Sessions
Review sessions in Calculus (Thursday, August 17) and Statistics (Friday, August 18) will likely be scheduled during Pre-Orientation. Confirmation will come during the summer. More information here.
Please Do Not Stress! This cannot be emphasized enough. Although we want students to do well on the diagnostic exams, please do not stress about these tests in advance. The exams are only intended to assess where students are in these subjects at the time that they enroll, and to make sure that students are prepared for graduate level courses requiring calculus and statistics as prerequisites.
Review Calculus and Statistics in Advance
We encourage students to review the key topics in calculus and statistics over the summer. You can do this by reviewing the key topics in college level textbooks, working through practice problem sets or taking free online courses (where available).
Key Topics in Calculus and Statistics
Calculus Review Materials
- Calculus Review Session PowerPoint (2016)
- Calculus Review Session Video Recording (2016) (Duke NetID and password required); Click here to view
- Calculus Practice Problems & Solutions (2016)
Statistics Review Website
- Complete website and practice questions: http://sites.nicholas.duke.edu/statsreview/