Bridge Courses

Bridge courses are free, non-credit, one- to two-weeklong courses offered to students whose placement test scores indicate they need additional preparation before taking college-level classes. The courses are meant to prepare students to retake the placement test in hopes that they will increase their placement scores. Ideally, students who complete these courses will move more quickly into college-level classes and use less financial aid money in the process. The following are the bridge courses that are regularly offered at the Rolla and Union locations.

EN 0030: Writing Bridge

A weeklong academic refresher course intended for students who place into EN 0133. The Writing Bridge is designed to assist in improving placement scores by focusing on test taking skills and targeted remediation in writing skills. In addition to test-taking strategies, course topics include developing and organizing ideas in writing; using basic problem-solving and reading strategies; reviewing parts of speech, punctuation, common spelling errors; and practicing editing techniques. At the end of weeklong bridge, students will retake the writing skills portion of the placement exam. In order to test out of EN 0133, students must earn a COMPASS writing score of 70 or higher or pass the writing sample.

EN 0040: Reading and Writing Bridge

A two-weeklong course intended for students who placed into EN 0203 and EN 0133. The Reading and Writing Bridge is designed to assist in improving placement scores by focusing on test taking skills and targeted remediation in reading and writing. In addition to test-taking strategies, course topics include annotating; developing and organizing ideas in writing; responding to texts; summarizing; reviewing parts of speech, punctuation, common spelling errors; and practicing editing techniques. At the end of the bridge, students will retake the reading and writing skills portions of the placement exam. To test out of EN 0203, students must earn a COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher or earn a 50 percentile rank or higher on the Nelson-Denny vocabulary and comprehension test. In order to test out of EN 0133, students must earn a COMPASS writing score of 70 or higher or pass the writing sample.

MT 0030: Mathematics Pre-Algebra Bridge

A weeklong course intended for students who placed into MT 0103. The Pre-Algebra Bridge is designed to assist in improving placement scores by focusing on test taking skills and targeted remediation in mathematics. Topics include whole numbers, integers, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and proportions. MT0030 utilizes a departmental workbook and a computer learning management system. At the end of weeklong bridge, students will retake the mathematics portion of the placement exam.

MT 0040: Mathematics Introductory Algebra Bridge

A weeklong course intended for students who placed into MT 0204. The Introductory Algebra Bridge is designed to assist in improving placement scores by focusing on test taking skills and targeted remediation in mathematics. Topics include solving linear and absolute value equations and inequalities, graphing on the Cartesian Coordinate system, slope and equations of lines, graphing linear inequalities, solving systems of equations with graphing, rules of exponents, and multiplication/division of polynomials. MT0040 utilizes a departmental workbook and a computer learning management system. At the end of weeklong bridge, students will retake the mathematics portion of the placement exam.