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Math proficiency: a key to success for computer science students

By John Konvalina, Stanley A. Wileman, Larry J. Stephens

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 26 No. 5, Pages 377-382

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A computer science aptitude predictor was administered to students enrolled in a first technical course in computer science to determine potential for success. The study revealed significant differences in the scoring between students who withdrew from the course and those students who did not. The causes for the differences all related to the students' mathematical background: high school performance, previous computer science education, and the number of college mathematics courses taken.

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