Intermediate Algebra Workshop (ARC 35)


 - ARC 35 is offered in the summer, fall and winter. There is no spring offering of ARC 35. 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/Lead Facilitator

Erick Yanez - Administrative Assistant

Program email -

  • 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.
  • A minimum of 75% is required to get cleared for Math 4 or Math 6A.
  • This workshop runs each quarter for 7 weeks.
  • Lecture is asynchronus (i.e. videos) so there is no set meeting time. Live lab sessions meet twice a week for 80 minutes each session. Days and times of labs are based on what the student register for via R'Web.
  • 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. If a student opts to use an online proctor service for the Final Exam, then there will be an addtional fee that the student will need to pay directly to that service.
  • The $280 fee includes an access codes to all online systems. Student should not purchase an access code for any of the systems mentioned in the syllabus.
  • IAW is a freshmen only workshop. If you are not a freshmen, you will need to talk to your academic advisor and if your academic advisor determines that you need to take the workshop, your academic advisor will clear the student on the system to allow the student to enroll.
  • IAW is a no repeat workshop. Students that have taken ARC 35 and did not get at least 75% are not allowed to retake the workshop. Any questions about this should be directed to your academic advisor.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all final exams for this workshop will be proctored online. More information about this will be sent out once the workshop starts.

Please note that ARC 35 (IAW) is a freshmen only and no repeat workshop. If you are not a freshmen or are trying to repeat, you will need to talk to your academic advisor about your situation. If you need help registering for classes, you can find instructions here:

Also, if you have only taken one proctored attempt on the MAE, it is strongly encouraged that you take the second proctored attempt in order to improve your placement.

In Fall and Summer, a certain group of majors (along with freshmen status) are given priority to register for IAW before all other majors. (Note: if you were redirected to this page from the summer registration form, it is because you are not in the priority group. Please see the dates below for when you will have a chance to register.)

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
  • Actuarial Science

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.

Please read all the information on this site before registering

Please see the Summer Session website for information about fee deadlines Also, there is no financial aid available for this program.

Note: Non-freshmen will need to get a permission code to enroll in ARC 35. The permission code must be added by your academic advisor.

ARC 35 is an online workshop. The Final Exam is an online exam that must be proctored. More information about online proctoring will be sent out once the workshop begins.

Also, ARC 35 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 in the priority majors. Students with any other class standing must get approval and clearance to take the workshop from their academic advisor.

If you need help with the registration process, please see the instructions on the registrars website.

Log in to your R'Web account to register.

  • You must enroll in the lecture section and one lab section.
  • The workshop is online.  The lecture section is a set of instructional videos and materials that students access during the week. The lab meets online 2 times per week. Participation in these lab sections will account for a portion of the overall score.
  • Information about the online workshop will be available in Canvas after you register in R'Web. Once you register in R'Web, your access to the workshop in Canvas should be available around a week before the workshop starts.
  • In Summer 2023, the workshop will run from July 31 until September 15 and the Final Exam  will take place on Saturday, September 16. The Final Exam will be proctored online.

Program Policy and Procedure

  • 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 a proctored exam either at UCR or using ProctorU. 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.
    • Students 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.
    • Creation of a Hawkes account is required, using the access code that will be sent prior to the start of the workshop.
  • Cheating
    • Just because this is not for units and it’s online, it is still academic dishonesty to cheat. Since this workshop takes place primarily online, students are held to an honor system when completing lessons and quizzes.
    • 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. Cheating is also using any kind of aid when doing lessons or taking quizzes. 
    • What will happen: If we see patterns that indicate a student is cheating, the student will be sent an email warning about it. Any further issues of 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 for that Lesson will be lowered by 25%.
    • Each Lesson assignment will have a deadline given.
    • All lessons are in Hawkes Learning System.

    Quizzes = 20%

    • There are 6 total quizzes. The lowest quiz scores will be dropped. So your highest 5 quiz scores will be used to calculate your final percentage.
    • Quizzes 1 through 5 will be in Hawkes and will be due on Friday at 11:59pm. Hawkes will automatically submit the quiz at 11:59pm (even if the student is taking the quiz at that time).
    • Quiz 6 will be a Lab Participation score. Each live lab session that a student participates in will count toward this score.
    • Once the lowest score is dropped, each remaining quiz scores will account for 4% toward your final overall score (4% x 5 quiz scores = 20%).
    • If you miss a quiz, then that score will be recorded as a 0.
    • If you miss a more than 2 quizzes, the 0 will stand (that means you will lose 4% toward your final overall score).
    • General advice, don’t miss a quiz and don’t wait until late on Friday to take the quiz.
    • Quizzes 1 through 5 are in Hawkes.

    Midterm = 10%

    • There will be 1 midterm at the end of week 4.
    • The midterm will be available in Gradescope on Friday of week 4. It will be available for several hours on that one day for students to complete.
    • While the midterm will be available for several hours, students only have one hour to complete the exam once it is opened. Student will then have 30 minutes to upload their work.
    • Students are required to work out all problems and submit a single PDF showing your work to Gradescope to receive credit for the midterm.
    • Late submissions will not be accepted.
    • The Midterm will be cumulative and will test on material through week 4.
    • Don’t miss the midterm and don’t wait until late on Friday to take it. 

    Final exam = 50%

    • Nobody can pass the workshop without taking the final.
    • The final exam will be proctored. Details are sent to students in Week 3.
    • The final exam takes place on the Saturday at the end of Week 7.
    • 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 starting the exam. Exam time will not be extended due to a bathroom break.
  • Attendance

    Lab is the time when you login get help from a live person. You will have 2 weekly lab meetings that take place online via web conferencing software. A Lab Participation grade will be recorded as the Quiz 6 grade.

  • 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.
  • Repeats

    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 your current major/college and you will have to declare a new major:


    • Students may NOT repeat IAW. Any questions about this should be directed to the student's academic advisor.
  • Correspondences with IAW staff

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

Refund Policy

Academic Resource Center fee based services are generally non-refundable and, by virtue of registering for the workshop, students acknowledge that they are aware of the policy. Students who drop an ARC 35 course through R'Web before the end of the Add/Drop period for that quarter, in which they are registered, will receive a full refund for the course credited to their account. If a student wishes to drop an ARC 35 course after the Add/Drop period for that quarter, no refund will be issued. Under select and extreme circumstances, this policy can be waived and a partial refund may be granted. Students wishing a refund after the third week of the quarter must send an email to Steve Garcia detailing the reason they are requesting a waiver to the no refund policy. If more information is required, a direct meeting may be required before a ruling on the request will be made.

Add/Drop Policy

Students may add an ARC 35 course on R'Web through Wednesday of week 1 due to ARC 35 being a 7 week program. If a student wishes to drop their ARC 35 course, they must do so before the end of the Add/Drop period for that quarter in order to receive a refund. To drop an ARC 35 course students must Select "drop" from the action menu on R'Web for that class. You must also drop the associated laboratory section when you drop a lecture section. Press "OK." Course status will show "Dropped."