Second Chance has been discontinued  7/13

Second Chance Math Program

Updated April 11, 2013

Having trouble with Math? PPCC has designed a program called Second Chance which provides students an opportunity to prepare for the Accuplacer math test in order to pass into their next course after being unsuccessful in a previous math course. 

The course also is designed for students to brush up in preparation for their Accuplacer math assessment which will place them into their first math class at PPCC.

It is a between-semester Continuing Education class.

Frequently Asked Questions about Second Chance

  1. Which student would benefit most from Second Chance?


    Those students who didn’t pass their college prep math course can save a full semester and up to $400 by successfully placing into their next math course via Accuplacer after completing Second Chance.


  2. What if I want to review material I learned years ago in high school before I sit for the Accuplacer?


    This is an excellent way to review what you once knew.  The program fills in holes that you might have so that you can better succeed in the course where Accuplacer places you.


  3. How about if I just want to start in on my next course material to get a head start?  Is there a way I can prepare for what’s coming?


    Yes, Second Chance offers prep courses in all the developmental courses, Mat 030 up to Mat 099, and college level courses-- College Algebra, Statistics, PreCalc, Calc I, and Calc II. 


  4. When, where, and what are the sessions?


    Second Chance Wednesday, May 8 - Tuesday, May 21  Continuing Ed Pay out of pocket (about $100)


    Subject Course Section Instruc-tional Method Grade Mode Meeting Meeting Times Campus Room
    Number Days Start/End
    MAT 5001 1 Cont. Ed. N - Credit/No Credit MTWRF 9:00 AM 11:00 AM Centennial B203A
    MAT 5001 2 Cont. Ed. N - Credit/No Credit MTWRF 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Centennial B203A
    MAT 5001 3 Cont. Ed. N - Credit/No Credit MTWRF 3:00 PM 5:00 PM Downtown S204
    MAT 5001 4 Cont. Ed. N - Credit/No Credit MTWRF 10:00 AM 12:00 AM Rampart Range W111
    MAT 5001 5 Cont. Ed. N - Credit/No Credit MTWRF 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Rampart Range W111
  5. If I just squeaked through my last math course with a C, could I benefit by enrolling in Second Chance?


    Yes, absolutely.  Unfortunately, very few C math students pass their next course.  They have too many weaknesses.  ALEKS is very effective at identifying and providing practice to overcome these weaknesses.


  6. How do pay for the class?


    Everyone will need to buy a $47.36 6-week ALEKS code.  The Continuing Education course registration fee is $55.


  7. How do I register?


    Go to room F-200 at Centennial or W119 at Rampart and ask the admins there for the form and the information to fill it out.  Take the form to Enrollment Services.


  8. How do I pay the registration fee?


    Pay at any PPCC cashier window.


  9. Who exactly can participate?


    Anyone who wants to cover Mat 030, Mat 060, Mat 045, Mat 090 or Mat 099 material.  Prep courses can be set up for College Algebra, Statistics, PreCalc,  Calc I and Calc II.


  10. Is there a grade at the end of these sessions?


    Not for this Continuing Ed course. 


  11. What happens to my grade I will get this semester in my math class?


    It will stay on your transcript.  However, if you pass the Accuplacer, you can go on to your next course without a passing grade on your transcript. 


  12. Can I register late for Second Chance? 


    You may register late.  Come when you can when Second Chance is in session with a 6-week ALEKS code in hand.  You must register and pay the fee before attending class.


  13. How do I qualify to pass on to my next course? 


    You must pass the Accuplacer test with a score that allows you in to that course.


  14. What if my poor grade from this last semester gets me into financial trouble or academic probation or suspension?  Does successfully completing the Accuplacer before Jan 14, 2013 put me in good standing again?


    No, not automatically.   However, if you contact Marilyn Frydrych ( or 502-3304) she will contact the necessary people to get you back in good standing.


  15. Where do I pick up an ALEKS code and what does it cost? 


    You can purchase it from any PPCC bookstore for $47.  Please do so before class starts.  Ask for the 6-week code.  It is behind the cashier.


  16. What is ALEKS?  How does it differ from MyMathLab? 


    ALEKS is a web-based interactive math program which uses assessments to ascertain where you have weaknesses.  It will begin by filling in those weaknesses.  Then it uses assessments every ten hours you are on ALEKS to determine which new problems you are ready for.  The program gives you only these problems to work on.   It also uses the assessments to see if you are retaining new material.  If not, it will have you go back over the material before going on.   ALEKS is considered a mastery program.

    MyMathPlus, on the other hand, is programmed by the instructor to keep up with the timing in the class syllabus.   Students are asked to do homework problems whether or not they have mastered the background to do them.


  17. Do I receive any special instruction on how to prepare for the Accuplacer other than studying math material?


    We will provide you with a list of web sites where you can practice the types of questions you are likely to encounter on Accuplacer.  It’s up to you to practice.


  18. When am I ready to sit for the Accuplacer?


    This needs to be worked out with your instructor.  You will be expected to reach 95% completion of the ALEKS program.  100% is better.  Then your instructor will verify that you actually have practiced some Accuplacer style questions.  Only when you have the instructor’s approval should you take the Accuplacer test.


  19. Why is the registration fee so low for the Continuing Ed course?


    Continuing Ed courses do not have the overhead that a 1-credit course has.  Credited courses pay for the overhead of  classrooms and custodial services. 


  20. Can college level students participate?


    There are courses for preparing for College Algebra, Statistics, PreCalc, Calc I, and Calc II. 


  21. How much time outside the daily two hours in class is needed to succeed?


    Your outside time is dependent on your goals.  Some students have looked at the course as a full time job.  They put in 8 hours a day 6 days a week.  One student brushed up on Mat 030, Mat 060, Mat 090, and Mat 099 all during one Christmas break.  She passed into Mat 121 and was successful.

    ALEKS expects it to take 90 hours to complete a course if you are starting from the very beginning.  Since this should be a review for most students, 45 hours may be enough.  There are only 20 in-class hours.


  22. Can I participate if I can only attend two or three days a week?


    We don’t recommend this, but if you have the initiative to work at home during the days you are unable to attend class, we would welcome you into the program.  If you get stuck, switch to a different topic to work on until you can get your questions answered in class.


  23. Do other colleges offer this option? 


    This type of program started about 6 years ago in New Jersey.  We were the first in Colorado.  PPCC coined  the “Second Chance” name.  The name and program is spreading across the nation.


  24. How long has PPCC run a Second Chance program?


    Our first Second Chance was during the Christmas break in 2008.


  25. There’s a lot of material in Mat 099.  Can I really get through it all in four weeks?


    The ALEKS Mat 099 program has been set up to review a lot of material before you get to new material.  About 1/5 of the course material is review.  If you have to spend a lot of time on this portion, then time will be a very important factor in being able to finish.  If you adjust your homework hours accordingly, you can finish.