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Developmental Mathematics

Frequently Asked Questions

Developmental Mathematics (DMA) classes are a key component of College of The Albemarle’s (COA) open door admissions policy, offering an opportunity to improve your math and problem-solving skills, and increase your chances of success in the curriculum of your choice.

Prior to summer 2012, DMA consisted of MAT 060, MAT 070 and MAT 080. DMA now consists of eight modular classes: DMA 010 through DMA 080. Each class is one credit hour.

DMA 065 will be offered over a two-week session in the summer semesters only. DMA 065 is a combination of material from DMA 060, DMA 070 and DMA 080, and can be substituted for those three DMA class.

MAT 060 is comparable to DMA 010, DMA 020 and DMA 030. MAT 070 is comparable to DMA 040 and DMA 050. MAT 080 is comparable to DMA 060, DMA 070 and DMA 080.
Each class (module) is one credit hour.
Each class is four weeks long (called a session). You can only enroll in one DMA class (module) per session.
The four-week length of each DMA class (module).
There are four, four-week sessions in both the fall and spring semesters. There are two sessions in the summer semester. You can start with DMA 10 and complete all DMA classes through DMA 80 in two semesters. Classes need to be taken in sequential order.
Yes, there’re two summer sessions. Each session offers the opportunity to take one DMA class (module).
You can enroll in up to four DMA classes in the fall semester, four DMA classes in the spring semester and two DMA classes in the summer semester. Classes need to be taken in sequential order and you may only enroll in one module per session.

You’ll need to take the COA placement tests to determine which classes may be required to complete a program of study. Be sure to utilize the available study resources to improve your performance on the placement tests.

Placement testing

You’ll need to meet with an academic advisor to determine which, if any, DMA classes will be required based on your program of study.
If you receive financial aid, you won’t be allowed to add classes and increase your number of credit hours once a semester has started. You won’t be paid financial aid for DMA classes until the class has started and confirmation of attendance has been received (at the beginning of each four-week session). If you only sign up for 12 credit hours, and four of those hours are DMA classes, you won’t achieve full-time status until the beginning of the fourth session.
Yes, you’ll be dropped if you aren’t present.
Yes, you’ll need to complete your COA assignment on the first day of the session. If you don’t complete the COA assignment by the census date, you’ll be dropped from the class.
No, your instructors will set assignment due dates.
No, but you’ll need to purchase the access code for the MyLabsPlus software used in DMA classes. We strongly encourage purchasing your MyLabsPlus access code from the COA bookstore to avoid getting the wrong access code.
Yes. If you’re enrolled in an online DMA class, you’ll need to complete two proctored on-campus assessments per class.

Simply arrive at the appropriate testing center. Test locations, dates and times are available on myCourses.

Questions regarding DMA proctoring should be directed to library services at

Yes, free tutoring is available at the Elizabeth City, Dare County and Edenton-Chowan Campuses. Open Math Lab hours are available at each campus, and one-on-one and small group tutoring may be available as needed. Contact your instructor for a referral form.
Final grades are posted to WebAdvisor by midnight on the last day of the DMA session.
A final grade of “P” means that you’ve passed. “R” means that you didn’t pass and need to re-enroll. “W” means that you either withdrew or were dropped by your instructor, and therefore didn’t pass the DMA class and will need to re-enroll.
In order to pass, you’ll need an overall average of 80 percent or higher, and score 80 percent or higher on the final exam. If you earn a grade of “R” or “W” and don’t meet both requirements above, you’ll need to re-enroll in the DMA class.

You’ll automatically be dropped from all sequential classes in which Developmental Math was a prerequisite. This will reduce your number of credit hours for the semester and could affect your financial aid unless you re-enroll in additional DMA credit hours.

By re-enrolling, you are repeating a DMA class and may be subject to tuition fees if you didn’t originally enroll in four DMA classes for the term. If you wish to re-enroll in a DMA class and other classes in the sequence, first consult with your DMA instructor, advisor, or an advisor in Student Success and Enrollment Management (SSEM) on or before the schedule adjustment date. You should re-enroll in the sequence for the remaining sessions.

It’s your responsibility to see an advisor to re-enroll. You won’t be allowed to add classes once the new session begins, or be added to internet sections after the first day of the session.

Any SSEM advisor can assist you with DMA re-enrollment.


  • Argo, Kevin

  • Program Coordinator, Developmental Mathematics; Instructor, Mathematics

  • Elizabeth City Campus: A 253

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2372