What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
Loading…
UCLA
Loading…
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
1.0
4.0
SAT: 720 math
200
800
| 800 verbal
200
800

Extracurriculars

Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Choosing between Pre-College Math and Pre-Calculus

I'm currently debating whether to take Pre-College Math or Pre-Calculus next year, and I'm unsure which one would be the right fit for me. Can anyone provide some insight on the differences between the courses and what might be better for someone with my math background (I've taken Algebra 1 and Geometry so far)?

7 months ago

Based on your math background, it's good that you're looking to take the next appropriate step. When deciding between Pre-College Math and Pre-Calculus, it's important to keep in mind the goals you have for yourself, as well as your college plans and future career interests.

In general, Pre-College Math covers a broader range of topics and is geared more toward reinforcing key foundational concepts in algebra and geometry. On the other hand, Pre-Calculus is more focused on advanced algebra skills and introducing new concepts like trigonometry and limits, which will prepare you for higher-level math courses like calculus.

If you're confident in your algebra and geometry skills and plan on pursuing a STEM-related field or an academically rigorous college path, I recommend considering Pre-Calculus. However, if you feel you could use more practice and reinforcement of basic concepts, or if you don't anticipate taking higher-level math courses, Pre-College Math might be a better fit. Talk to your current math teacher or counselor for more personalized advice based on your abilities and goals.

7 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.