My professor for an online math course at ASU has locked a midterm practice exam if you get less than a 75% on the first quiz. The midterm practice is worth 10% of the overall grade. So if I got a 75%, that automatically means I fail the midterm practice because I am not allowed to take it.

This sounds ludicrous to me - what kind of teacher doesn't encourage students to take a practice exam to continue and try the course? It sounds like she's basically setting me up to fail, and giving a path for Arizona State University to commit fraud by stealing my tuition and not allowing me access to course material. What can I do?

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    This explanation seems incomplete. What justification is given for this sort of setup? I can't think of anything obvious. – Buffy Oct 28 '18 at 19:53
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    Is the first quiz allowed multiple attempts and you only get to "progress"to the next after getting 75% or more? – Solar Mike Oct 28 '18 at 20:05
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    Hmmm. Something like voting in Boston. You'd better take those quizzes early and often. Isn't that the point the prof is trying to make? – Buffy Oct 28 '18 at 20:21
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    I'd be surprised if there was deliberate fraud. More likely, the instructor thought that giving deadlines of the sort you mention would irresistibly compel people to get through the first quiz (etc.) in a timely fashion, ... to avoid the dire consequences. But, as with many things, creating a dire-consequence failure mode sometime creates unintended consequence... such as, in your case, having plausible external reasons for "failing". Probably the instructor imagined that everyone would work hard to avoid that state... not trying to defraud you. – paul garrett Oct 28 '18 at 21:23
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    I doubt you could consider this fraud, the professor has no incentive to make it so ASU gets your tuition without having to give you the materials. It sounds stupid, and you should definitely talk to a higher-up, but I'd avoid going down the "fraud" route.\ – Azor Ahai Oct 29 '18 at 0:37

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