University of California, Riverside

Academic Resource Center

Intermediate Algebra Workshop (ARC 35)

IAW - ARC 35 is offered in the summer, fall, winter and spring. This workshop will help students refresh their math skills and develop a better grounding in the fundamentals needed to be successful in university level math courses. If students successfully complete the workshop they will be eligible to enroll into Math 6A or Math 4 depending on how high a percentage that a student receives.

Contact Information

  • Steven Garcia - Coordinator
  • Christina Holdiness - Asst. Coordinator/Lead Facilitator
  • Anita Ortiz - Administrative Assistant
  • Students register for IAW (ARC 35) via R'Web. In the summer, during the priority period, students will start the registration process via the "Summer Registration" tab on this site. At all other times, the schedule is available via the online schedule of classes.
  • Starting in summer 2016, a minimum of 75% is required to get cleared for Math 4 or Math 6A.
  • This workshop runs each quarter for 7 weeks.
  • It does not provide unit credit towards a degree at UCR and will not count toward full time student status.
  • Remember, you will only be charged the $280 fee for the program if you are actually enrolled in the class on R'Web. The fee covers administrative and instructional costs for the workshops.
  • The fee includes an access code to the homework system.
  • IAW is a freshmen only and no repeat workshop. If you are not a freshmen and/or you would be repeating IAW, you will need to talk to your academic advisor to be cleared to take it.

Please note that ARC 35 (IAW) is now a freshmen only and no repeat workshop. If you are not a freshmen or are trying to repeat, you will need to see your academic advisor in order to get into the workshop.

In Fall and Summer, a certain group of majors are given priority to register for IAW before all other majors. Those majors are:

  • All majors in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS)
  • All majors in the Bourns College of Engineering (BCoE)
  • These select majors in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS):
    • Pre-Business
    • Psychology
    • Neuroscience
    • Economics
    • Economics/Law and Society
    • Economics/Admin Studies
    • Business Economics majors

Summer priority will run until July 21, 2017 at 5pm. Once the priority period is over, all remaining seats will be open to all incoming freshmen. Students with any other class standing must get approval and clearance to take the workshop from your academic advisor.

Fall priority has been changed as of 8/17/17 and will run until the morning of September 11, 2017.  Also, from September 6 until the morning of September 11, only freshmen CNAS and BCoE majors will be able to register. Once the priority period is over, all remaining seats will be open to all incoming freshmen. Students with any other class standing must get approval and clearance to take the workshop from your academic advisor.

In the summer of 2017, there will be 2 versions of ARC 35:

  • One version will be in person on campus. It will run from July 31 until September 15. The final exam for the in person version will take place on September 16. More details will be available via iLearn once a student registers.
  • The other version is an online version. It will run from August 7 until September 22. The final exam for the online version will take place ON CAMPUS on September 23 or 24, depending on your lab section. This means that the final exam is an in person, paper and pencil exam. 

Also, ARC 35, in either form, is not part of the Highlander Early Start Academy (HESA). Students are discouraged from participating in both HESA and ARC 35 at the same time in the summer.

Seats will be open to all incoming freshmen. Students with any other class standing must get approval and clearance to take the workshop from their academic advisor.

Course Length

  • This workshop is 7 weeks long.
  • The Final Exam will take place on the weekend following the 7th week of the workshop.
    • It will be in person with paper and pencil at UCR. Details will be posted to iLearn.
    • You will have 1hr 50min to take the final exam.

Hawkes Learning System

  • Students will need to work through each lesson assignment online and certify by the due date in order to receive credit for each assignment.
  • Lesson Assignment credit will be given for the percentage of work completed in the assigned sections BY THE DUE DATE AND TIME.
  • Student can continue to work past the due date but credit will only be given for the reading/work completed by the due date and time.
  • Lesson Assignment due dates are posted in Hawkes.
  • Hawkes is integrated into iLearn and requires no additional login credentials. Currently, there are also no fees for students in the program to use Hawkes.


  • Just because this is not for units and it’s online, it is still academic dishonesty to cheat.
  • What it is: cheat sheets of any kind on quizzes or exams, using any kind of electronics or calculators on tests, unauthorized collaboration on homework, etc.
  • What will happen: Any cheating will be reported to the Student Conduct Office. A report will be filed and likely a hearing scheduled by that office to get your side of the story.

“Grading” Breakdown in IAW

Your final percentage is based on a weighted scale. This means that not all points are equal. The percentages below show how much each assignment or group of assignments weigh toward your final grade. You cannot simply add up your points and divide by the total points to calculate your grade.

Lesson Assignments = 20%

  • IF YOU DO NOT FINISH BY THE DUE Date, your grade will be lowered by 25%.
  • Each assignment will have a deadline given.
  • You can continue to work through the section but credit will only be awarded on how much is completed by the deadline.

Quizzes = 30%

  • There are 6 total quizzes. The lowest quiz score will be dropped. So your highest 5 quiz scores will be used to calculate your final percentage.
  • Quizzes will be available on Sundays via Hawkes and you will have 45 minutes to take the quiz once you begin.
  • Individual quiz scores account for 6% toward your final grade.THERE ARE NO MAKEUPS OF QUIZZES FOR ANY REASON. You will have 7:00am until 11:59pm on Sunday to take each 60 minute quiz.
  • If you miss a quiz, then that score (a 0) will be dropped.
  • If you miss a second quiz, the 0 will stand (that means you will lose 6% toward your final grade).
  • General advice, don’t miss a quiz and don’t wait until late on Sunday to take the quiz. 

Final exam = 50%

  • Nobody can pass the workshop without taking the final.
  • The final exam will be an in person, paper and pencil exam taken at UCR.
  • It is usually 105 points total which means a little over 2 points equates to 1% toward your final grade. The final exam is the single largest chunk of percentage points available.

Important Notes:

  • Students may not leave the room during the final exam. Please make sure that you go to the bathroom before you are handed an exam. Exam time will not be extended due to a bathroom break.


  • Lab is the time when you login get help from a live person. An attendance grade will be based on how many .

Qualifying for the Next Class

  • IAW is a “qualifying” workshop.
  • It is a workshop that can qualify a student to take either Math 4 or Math 6A (not Math 5).
  • These cutoffs are firm, i.e a 74% will be given an NQ (not qualified).
    • To qualify for Math 4 or Math 6A, you must get a 75% or better in IAW.
    • If you get more than 75%, you cannot repeat IAW.


Policy on repeating is determined by the colleges. For questions about repeating IAW, please speak to your academic advisor.

CNAS and BCoE:

  • You have ONE chance to pass this workshop at 75% or better in order to get into Math 6A.
  • If you do not pass with an 75% or better on your first try, you will be dismissed from the college and you will have to declare a major in CHASS.


  • Students may NOT repeat IAW without approval from the college office (not their advisor).
  • If students receive approval to repeat, they will need to be added to the class by their academic advisor.

Correspondences with IAW staff and the coordinator

  • All correspondences are through email and iLearn. So please check your email regularly and frequently for any messaging. Also, log into iLearn on a regular basis to stay aware of what is happening in the program.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Academic Resource Center
Room 156, First Floor 380 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-3721
Fax: (951) 827-4543