## Anna Helga Jónsdóttir (29/09/14)

Math Colloquium

### Speaker: Anna Helga Jónsdóttir, University of Iceland

Title: The performance of first year students on a diagnostic test of basic mathematical skills

Location: V-157, VRII

Time: Monday September 29., at 15:00-16:00.

### Abstract:

Dropout-rates and poor performance of students in first year courses in calculus in the School of Engineering and natural sciences are of great concern. In order to examine the student’s background in mathematics a diagnostic test has been administrated annually since 2008. The main purpose of the diagnostic test is to provide immediate feedback to the students on their ability but also to enable instructors to identify common areas of difficulty within the group.

The results of the test will be described in the talk; how the results have changed in time, which variables are linked to the grades and how well the test results predict performance on final exams in Calculus IA, IB, IC and N. Ways forward will also be discussed.