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Yesterday I took the College Board's Accuplacer exam for mathematics, since it had been a few years since I took a math course on the college level. I took the exam to register for a College Algebra course for the Spring semester. My other option was to take a remedial course (Intermediate Algebra) before 'advancing' to College Algebra.
It turned out that on the two sections of the exam, I scored very high (nearly a perfect score) on the elementary algebra section, but didn't score high enough (although I passed) on the college mathematics portion to get 'accepted' into college algebra, so I'm forced to take a remedial course.
I feel really stupid right now. I thought I had it. I even purchased a supplementary book on algebra to help me, but the exam was substantially more difficult than I thought it was going to be.
What's really eating me is that my former friend (now turned rival), Rob, who graduated from Notre Dame probably didn't experience this level of stupidity, and I have constant thoughts of "I bet Rob didn't have to take a remedial course in mere algebra."
I've even been thinking that my hopes of becoming a computer scientist and patent attorney are too unrealistic and unattainable.