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I recently decided I was going to go back to school at the U of Akron this fall, declaring a double major of Applied mathematics, and physics. I've been out of any sort of schooling around 7 years, other than the Air Force teaching me Arabic. I will have to take the COMPASS math placement test at some point before I go back, to see which math i should start at. The highest math I have completed so far was pre-calc in high school, which i sort of failed, due to my lack of caring about anything school then. However, I know I am capable of any of this if I try, and prior to that class, maths and science has always come pretty easily to me(won a few silly little math competitions in grade school/jr high, and got an 800 on the math part of the SAT.)

I was wondering if any of you had any advice on what sorts of stuff might help get me situated for the placement test, and if you think it would be worth it to try to place into the calc 1 class, or just do the precalc class to get a better foundation.

I picked up Blitzer's College Algebra online for like 3 bucks, so that should be a pretty decent refresher for the algebra side of things.

Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance