Frequently Asked Questions

What does MathXL offer my students?

With MathXL, your students can:

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What does MathXL offer me as an instructor?

You can use MathXL to:

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How will using MathXL save me time?

MathXL automatically grades online homework assignments and tracks all student results, so you can spend less time grading and more time teaching. By using MathXL to monitor your students' results, you can quickly assess how individual students -- or the class as a whole -- are progressing with specific topics.

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Can I create my own algorithmic exercises in MathXL?

Yes, you can use the MathXL Exercise Builder available in most MathXL courses to create your own custom algorithmic exercises, and you can include these exercises on homework assignments, quizzes, and tests.

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When does my access to MathXL expire?

Your access to your MathXL course is good for three years.

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How long will students have access to my course?

Student subscriptions to MathXL for Basic Mathematics through Pre-Calculus courses are good for 12 months.

For Calculus, Statistics and other courses that make go through two or more semesters, student subscriptions to MathXL are good for 24 months.

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Do I have to do anything for my students to have access to my MathXL course?

No. Students can register to MathXL, log in, and choose their school, and the textbook used in your course to get started on their own. They can take sample tests and tutorials to do self-paced study. If you decide to create online assignments in MathXL, your students can choose your course in the "Instructor/Course" field, and their work will be tracked in your gradebook.

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What if my students do not have high-speed Internet access at home?

Newer MathXL courses include multimedia (videos, animations, and other helpful learning aids) correlated at the exercise level.

You might recommend to those students that they access the multimedia content for exercises from the school computer lab or library, and then work through quizzes and tutorial exercises from home.

Make sure the computers in any labs where your students will be using MathXL have been set up with the appropriate plug-ins and players.

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What if I don't cover all the chapters in the textbook?

You can easily hide or remove chapters, sections, and other resources you don't plan to use from your MathXL course using the Course Manager. You can restore sections or Chapters if your syllabus changes mid-semester by editing your course coverage.

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Can I hide course content from my students without deleting it from the course?

Yes, you can make course content invisible to your students by editing the course settings in the Course Manager and then changing course coverage.

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Can I administer a proctored test in MathXL over the web?

Yes. You can use MathXL's Test Manager to set a variety of options for online tests, including password protection, time limits, and expiration dates.

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Can I create my own tests for students to take in MathXL?

Yes. Each MathXL course contains sample chapter tests you can modify, or you can create your own tests using an online testbank of items correlated to the exercises in your textbook. You can also upload TestGen tests into your MathXL course.

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Why do I need to install both the TestGen plug-in and the TestGen software?

The TestGen plug-in allows you and your students to view and take TestGen tests; the software lets you create and author them. Students only need to install the plug-in, as they are not creating or authoring TestGen tests.

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Can I export grades from the MathXL gradebook and use them in my spreadsheet program?

Yes. The MathXL gradebook allows you to export the data in a comma separated value (.csv) file format, and you can open the .csv file in a spreadsheet program.

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The homework system in MathXL is a fantastic way to facilitate student engagement with the course material in a classroom. I have noticed a distinct improvement in my students overall performance on their written exams. The key to success for math students is practice, practice, practice, and MathXL provides that opportunity through algorithmically generated problems with excellent videos, animations, and textbook references.”

O. Pauline Chow, Harrisburg Area Community College