FAQ’s

Basic Math Boot Camp is for those needing a BASIC MATH course (DMAT0066 or DMAT0090)
If you need an Algebra course, DO NOT sign up for Basic Math Boot Camp

Why would I want to take one of these classes?
Taking a Basic Math Boot Camp class gives you the opportunity to brush up on your basic math skills (for FREE) before taking a retest of the TSIA Math placement exam. You can then try to test out of the Basic Math course, saving yourself time and money!

Can anyone sign up for the Basic Math Boot Camp?
No. It is only for Richland students (or incoming Richland students) who had an ABE Mathematics Diagnostic score of Level Level 4 or BELOW on the Math section of their TSIA placement test. If you scored at Level 5 or above Level 5, then Basic Math Boot Camp is NOT for you. You may also sign up for Basic Math Boot Camp if the last math class you took at Richland was DMAT0066 or DMAT0090 – it doesn’t matter if you passed or failed that class, you still qualify for Basic Math Boot Camp.

The last math class I took at Richland was DMAT0066 – Can I take a Boot Camp class?
Yes! Please sign up for a Boot Camp class- it doesn’t matter if you passed or failed that class, you still qualify for Basic Math Boot Camp. At the end of the class you will retest on the Math portion of the TSIA test and try to improve your score so that you can place into a higher level math class.

The last math class I took at Richland was DMAT0090 – Can I take a Boot Camp class?
You may, but you might not get much benefit from it if you passed DMAT0090. The purpose of the Basic Math Boot Camp is to teach students the material that is covered in DMAT0066 and DMAT0090 so that they can test out of Basic Math and into a higher level math class for the Fall. If you passed DMAT0090, you have fulfilled your Basic Math requirement. If you FAILED DMAT0090, then you should take a Basic Math Boot Camp class, because at the end of Boot Camp class, you will retest on the Math portion of the TSIA test and try to test out of DMAT0090 and into a higher level math class.

I need to take DMAT0305 – Can I take a Boot Camp class?
No. The Boot Camp is only for people who place into a Basic Math class, which is a level BELOW DMAT0305.

I need to take DMAT0310 – Can I take a Boot Camp class?
No. The Boot Camp is only for people who place into a Basic Math class, which is 2 levels BELOW DMAT0310.

How does this work?
The Basic Math Boot Camp is designed to teach you only the Basic Math concepts that you don’t know, and then allows you to retake the math portion of the TSIA test and try to test out of the Basic Math course and into a higher level math course.

How is the Basic Math Boot Camp taught?
Students will be taught basic math concepts by using an online math teaching program, called MyFoundationsLab. The MyFoundationsLab will test each student on basic math concepts and create a study plan just for them, teaching what the student needs to know – skipping the material that he/she already knows. There will be 2 instructors in the classroom who will help students learn the material, be available to answer questions and guide students through Boot Camp. Instructors will lead small group lectures as needed to help students understand the material. Students will NOT have to pay for the MyFoundationsLab program – it is free.

What will be the size of each Basic Boot Camp class?
Each class will be limited to 24 students

How long is each Basic Math Boot Camp class?
A Basic Math Boot Camp class will be 2 1/2 hours long, meeting from 9:30 a.m. – Noon, for 2 weeks: Monday – Friday.

Will the Basic Math Boot Camp class fulfill my Basic Math requirement?
The Basic Math Boot Camp does not count as a math class. The Basic Math Boot Camp allows you to brush up on your basic math skills and try to test out of the Basic Math class at the end of Boot Camp. If you test out of Basic Math when you retake the Math TSIA test, then you will be able to skip taking the Basic Math class. If you do not test out of Basic Math when you retake the Math TSIA test, then you would still have to enroll in a Basic Math class. Note: The more math topics you complete in your Boot Camp personalized study plan, the greater your chances will be of testing out of Basic Math. Just showing up for the Boot Camp class does not make you skip Basic Math – working hard and learning the concepts that are presented will be key to your success.

Student Expectations?
Attend class punctually and regularly. Work through your personalized study plan on the computer, asking the instructors questions to clarify the concepts presented. Keep in mind that students who complete their study plan have a greater chance of testing out of Basic Math than students who do not. You may need to work on your study plan outside of class time in order to complete it. Students who miss more than 2 class meetings will NOT be allowed to take their end-of-course TSIA Math retest for free – they can still retake the test, but will have to pay the $10 fee.

There are 3 classes being offered this summer. How many may I sign up for?
Sign up for only one of the classes being offered. Each class is the same, and a student is limited to taking only one class.

Will I receive credit for these classes?
No. However, by participating in the Basic Math Boot Camp program and improving your results on the math placement test, you may save yourself from having to take the Basic Math course, which would not count toward your program of study. Taking the Basic Math Boot Camp and testing out of Basic Math will save you time and money!

Are there any hidden costs that I will have to pay?
No. All course materials and math instruction costs are provided at absolutely no cost to you. You have to provide your own paper and pencils. The Boot Camp program does NOT pay for your TSIA testing before the course begins. The program WILL pay for the TSIA Math testing at the end of the course, provided that you do not miss more than 2 classes. If you miss more than 2 classes, you may still retake the Math portion of the TSIA test, but you will have to pay the fee.

Will this allow me to skip Developmental Math courses?
Possibly. It depends on how well you do on the retest of the TSIA Math placement test at the end of Boot Camp. Most students will test out of Basic Math into a Developmental Math course, but a few may test out of Basic Math into a college level math course.

Do I have to be a Richland student to enroll in a Basic Math Boot Camp class?
You must be in the process of enrolling at Richland OR a current student.

I still have questions, who do I ask?
Send an email to SumIntGrant-RLC@dcccd.edu. Ask your question, and an answer will be emailed to you. If you prefer a phone call, give your phone number and request a call instead of an email.

How do I Withdraw or Drop a Basic Math Boot Camp class?
Send an email to SumIntGrant-RLC@dcccd.edu. Give them your name, student ID, session you were registered for, and tell them to withdraw you from the class. Let them know as soon as possible so that there will be time to allow another student to take your place in the class.

Funded by a $1.7 million grant from the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program of the US Department of Education.