In order to meet the high admissions standards for the degree programs, PMU offers a non-credit program of study for students who need additional preparation in the English language, mathematics, and learning skills. The decision on whether or not a student should complete the Preparation Program depends on the results of placement tests administered by the faculty.
The Preparation Program begins the transition from high school to the rigor of a college program at PMU. It begins the transformation of these students into members of an energetic, goal-oriented, intellectual community who use a variety of effective academic skills and strategies and are committed to the learning process. Although it carries no academic credit, this intensive program establishes a crucial academic foundation – especially in English – necessary for students to succeed in the degree programs at PMU.
Sequence of Courses
The Preparation Program classes build upon one another in a sequence. Students must internalize the subject matter, skills, strategies, and analytical attitudes of lower level classes before they can successfully participate in and benefit from higher level classes.
- English as a Foreign Language (EFL) –to prepare students for success in the English-medium environment of PMU by developing strong English-language skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- Mathematics-to enhance students’ understanding of mathematics in the English language as well as to prepare them for the study of college-level mathematics.
- Study Skills and Learning Strategies 1- to develop self-directed, self- motivated, analytical students who employ a variety of effective learning skills and strategies in all their academic courses.
- Study Skills 2 – concentrates on developing the technology skills essential for success in the degree programs.
A student exiting the program must have
Guidelines for a Successful Exit from the Preparation Program
- passed the PAEE exit test with a minimum average score of 70 with no less than 20 for writing.
- Satisfactory completion of coursework with a minimum average of 70%
- Completed and passed both sections of Study Skills
- Completed and passed the math courses appropriate to the major to be pursued