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Discrete Probability Distributions
Continuous Probability Distributions
Statistical Sampling and Regression

PreMBA Analytical Methods
Orientation: Introduction

Preassessment and Postassessment

The Preassessment provides you with an overall assessment of your strengths and weaknesses prior to starting this course, and includes specific recommendations on how to use the course content to attain mastery of all of the concepts treated here. The Postassessment has a similar form and purpose but is designed to be used after you've completed the course.

Each assessment presents 50 multiple-choice questions covering the core content of each section. After you complete these assessments, you can review and print the answers if you'd like.

The Postassessment is completely optional. If you choose to take it, you can do so at any time. However, you should not attempt the Postassessment until you've finished the course; you can think of it as a "final exam" of sorts.


Each course is divided into sections (presented in the left-hand navigation) with multiple topics (which are displayed when a section is opened). The topics present course content information in the form of text, animations, links to optional readings, and video clips. Each course topic also offers many practice opportunities, which are explained further below.

Practice Items

Each course topic includes a set of practice items at the end of the topic page. Practice items provide a means for you to receive an immediate assessment of your ability to answer questions and solve problems associated with a specific topic. These questions are grouped by two levels of difficulty: fundamental and advanced. You can review guided (detailed) solutions for most of these practice items at any time. Guided solutions often provide recommendations for further study. Most topics present more practice items than students usually want to attempt; do as many of them as you wish.

Sidebar Links

Throughout this course, on the right-hand side you will see links to pages that show you how to perform financial calculations using Excel spreadsheets. You are not required to use Excel to complete this course, but you will use spreadsheets in your future MBA coursework and career.


Terms in the main text area that appear in blue can be clicked on to open the glossary. The entire glossary for each course is available via the Glossary button located at the top right.

Playing Animations

This PreMBA course has many animations that illustrate concepts and procedures. Throughout the course, you will see icons that represent animations. When you see one of these images, simply click on it once to load the animation. At the bottom of each animation, you will find a horizontal bar. To begin an animation, click the Play button. Each animation contains a written transcript of its audio portion.


Click on the Print button at the top right. To print a pop-up window, press the Print button that appears in the upper-right corner.