POGO 511 is the first methods course in the Master of Pubic Administration (MPA), Master of Public Policy (MPP), Master's in International Security, and the Master's in Political Science degree programs. Students are required to take POGO 511 during one of their first two semesters in the program.
To enroll in the POGO 511 course, you must first complete a statistics screening exam. Exams can be taken during a scheduled exam date or completed at the conclusion of the Statistics Workshop. The screening exam can be taken multiple times. If you do not pass the first time, you are welcome to retake it on another test date or register for one of the workshops below.
LINKS TO REGISTER FOR EXAMS AND WORKSHOPS:
If you have questions about registration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To help you prepare, please review the sample screening exam that Dr. Daigle has prepared for students.
- Additionally, it is recommended that you review the online resources available here and/or a college level statistics textbook. The exam generally covers single variable tables and frequency distributions, percentages and proportions, graphs and summary statistics (averages, measures of dispersion), sample statistics, sampling distributions, normal distributions, and confidence limits.
- You have up to 120 minutes to complete the screening exam.
- There is no cost to take the exam, and you may take the test multiple times should you not pass on the first try.
WHEN TO REGISTER
- The sooner you pass, the better! Review the scheduled exam and workshop dates, keeping in mind that you must pass the test before enrolling in POGO 511.
- Students cannot hold a space in a POGO 511 section without a passing grade on file.
- Many students find it beneficial to complete the exam requirement at least two months before registration is set to begin in order to secure a space in the most popular sections of POGO 511.
- Passing grades do not expire, so you are not required to take POGO 511 the semester after you pass.
WHAT TO BRING
- Bluebook Examination Booklet - LARGE size (found at the bookstore)
- Calculator with square root function (cellphone calculators are prohibited)
- Optional: you are allowed to prepare and bring an 8.5” X 11” reference sheet*, which you must submit with the exam (see details below)
OPTIONAL REFERENCE SHEET
*You are permitted to prepare an 8.5” X 11” reference sheet, double sided, with whatever information that students may find useful for the examination. Useful information may include but not be limited to definitions, sample problems and solutions, paragraphs exploring larger principals or themes, or any other information the students feel will help them successfully complete the exam. Students can derive their reference sheets from the sample problems available on the website, or from whatever other source they feel is appropriate. Students do NOT need to include formulas or the normal distribution table on their cheat sheet, as these will be provided during the exam. Students are not permitted to use any optical aids (magnifying glasses for example) unless specifically having been granted such an accommodation from the Office of Disability Services (ODS).