Summer Bridge Math Prep FAQs

Who should attend the Summer Bridge Program?
Marshall uses ACT/SAT scores to place students in math classes. To place in college-level math, students need a math subscore of 19 on the ACT (or SAT Mathematics 500 or SAT Mathematics 460 prior to March 2016).  Students who do not achieve that placement level are placed in pre-college-level math courses or co-requisite math courses that include college-level math alongside “just in time” remediation.  The Summer Bridge Math Prep Program is designed to enhance your mathematics skills and give you the opportunity to improve your level of math placement.


What are the benefits of attending the Summer Bridge program?

*Enhance math skills prior to Fall 2017 enrollment
*Discover instructor expectations
*Explore campus before all the students return for the fall semester
*Make new friends
*Participate in small informal classes
*Individual tutors will be available after each session for additional assistance.


What is the time commitment?
The workshop runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily for a two-week session, July 17 – 21 and July 24 – 28, 2017 (10 days).  (You do not meet on Saturday or Sunday, July 22 or 23.) You will have one-hour lunch break and we will provide lunch in our Harless Dining Hall.

You should plan to attend all sessions. Attendance is crucial to your success. You should also expect homework assignments during the workshop.


Is there something I can do to prepare for the workshop?
Yes. You should practice your math skills before you arrive at the workshop. You will take the Accuplacer placement exam on the last day of the workshop.  The Accuplacer College-Level Math 20-problem test includes five types of college-level math questions: algebraic operations, solutions of equations and inequalities, coordinate geometry, applications and other algebra topics, and functions and trigonometry.  There is no time limit on the test, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills.

There are several websites for math practice as well as sample questions that will be similar to the math placement exam.  Check out these  practice sites:

Accuplacer Study App

Math Help

Varsity Tutors


Khan Academy



Is there a cost to participate in the Bridge program?
No. All materials, lunch, and parking are provided to participants.


Does participation in Summer Bridge guarantee that I will be able to enroll in MTH 121, MTH 127, or MTH 160?
No. At the conclusion of the workshop, you will take a placement exam. The score of that exam will determine your level of placement.


Will I receive credit for these sessions?
No. You will not receive college credit for the Summer Bridge Math Prep workshop; however, at the end of the session, you will have the opportunity to test into higher-level courses, potentially saving you a semester of pre-college or co-requisite work.

For those students who complete the summer math prep program and do not improve their level of math placement, we will provide the online access code for the software you will use in your Fall 2017 math course.


What if I just had a bad day when I took the ACT or SAT?
University College offers the Accuplacer math placement exam by appointment throughout the summer. You can take the math placement exam up to two times, once per month. There is a $10 fee for taking the placement exam. Call University College at 304-696-3169 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Placement exam fees will be waived during the Summer Bridge Math Prep Program.

If you have questions that are not answered here, you may email with the subject Summer Bridge.


Once I register to attend what happens next?

You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email within three business days.

You will receive a confirmation packet by mail approximately one week before the start of the workshop. The packet will include additional details about where to report on the first day, parking, and materials to bring with you.  If you have questions before then, please visit the Summer Bridge Website at or call University College at (304) 696-3169.


Will housing be available?

No.  Participating students will be expected to commute daily to the workshop.


For more information please call University College at 304-696-3169 or email us at