Step 4: Consider Preparatory Workshops

ALEKS Online Math Refresher Tool
All of Wagner’s core courses draw on basic math. So before beginning your first year, you’ll want to be sure that your math skills are up-to-par. This year, we’re offering a free online tool called ALEKS, which you can use to check your readiness and improve your skills.

Wagner’s ALEKS program starts with a ½ hour online diagnostic test that covers the math skills that are used in the Wagner core.  It then provides an assessment, telling you whether you’re already prepared (no more ALEKS needed), or need reinforcement in one or more areas.  If you need more work, ALEKS provides a customized guide through your areas of weakness, giving you problems to solve.  It tells you when you’ve mastered concepts, and provides resources if you need more help.   All of this can be done online, at your own pace.

If you do the diagnostic test and then go on to complete the course, you will need to set aside about an hour a day for two weeks, but you are free to work at the pace that works for you.  You may access the course for up to six weeks from the date you register.  It is a small time commitment to help you start the school year better prepared and with more confidence.   

To access ALEKS, please email to obtain the necessary registration codes.

Classroom Review Module
In addition to the ALEKS, Wagner also offers a preparatory in-class workshop before the start of the semester. Math Review (NONCR-GP 906) is a non-credit review module. This module will offer you the opportunity to ask questions in a classroom setting and will contextualize the quantitative review by giving examples of how the material will appear in your core courses. Regardless of the specialization you choose, three of the Core courses you will be required to take will involve quantitative skills. You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the refresher materials and preparatory workshop.

Professional Writing Module
If you feel you need to brush up on your writing skills, consider taking the non-credit Professional Writing (NONCR-GP 907) module which meets during the semester. More information is available here. The tuition for the module is $175.

These optional workshops provide tips on a variety of useful topics, such as memo writing, library research methods, presentation skills and composing your career. Students register for these free workshops on Albert just as they would any other course. Once students have registered on Albert, attendance is mandatory. Dates, times and course call numbers may be found on the fall schedule. More information about preterm courses can be found here.



 Register via Albert