MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT EXAMINATION

All entering freshmen are required to take the Colorado State University Mathematics Placement Examination (MPE). The MPE is waived for students who have earned:

- a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam (AB or BC);
- emath credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program; or
- transferable University credit in mathematics.

The MPE
is a 50-item exam designed to assess students' current knowledge of
prerequisite material for the entry-level mathematics courses, and the content
of the one credit precalculus minicourses
MATH 117 – MATH 126.
Students who demonstrate basic
proficiency with the content of one or more of the minicourses MATH 117 –
MATH 126 are placed out of the corresponding minicourse(s) and may register
for the next course. Students whose
performance indicates competence comparable to that expected of students who
have completed a minicourse are placed out and awarded academic credit in the
corresponding minicourse.

Students whose MPE scores suggest they are not well prepared for
entry-level mathematics courses must complete the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM)
Tutorial and attain an acceptable score on the ELM Exam to be eligible
to take MATH 117, MATH 133, or MATH 135. All students taking the MPE are placed
into at least MATH 130, Math in the Social Sciences. The ELM
Tutorial is described in the next section found below.

Incoming students have the
opportunity to take the MPE remotely one time prior to their term of admission.
When classes are in session the MPE is given
on a "walk in" basis during the regular hours of the PAC*e*
Testing Center (138 Weber). The MPE may be taken
twice in the proctored setting of the PAC*e* Testing Center (WB 138).
Exam results are available immediately and students can re-check their results
online by selecting the *"Math Placement Exam Information"* link on the
Math Department web site. Credit by examination is only awarded when the MPE
is taken in a proctored setting.

A one-time examination fee of $15 is charged to the student's University account the first time he or she takes the MPE. This one-time fee covers all eligible attempts of the MPE plus any earned placement credit, as well as any work completed on the ELM Tutorial and ELM Exam.

A scientific or graphics
calculator is needed for the MPE. Students may use their own calculator
when taking the exam remotely, but must use a calculator provided by the
PAC*e* Testing Center at other times.
Calculators that have a "QWERTY" keyboard are not allowed.

Students are urged to
prepare for the MPE.
A comprehensive set of review materials can be found online at the CSU
Mathematics Department web site (go to www.math.colostate.edu
and click on *Math Placement Exam Information*).

Students cannot rely on automatically
receiving earned placement credit, and should register for placement credit
they have earned.
Students may confirm their eligibility for placement credit in person
with the staff in the
PAC*e* Office (137 Weber) or online at http://online.math.colostate.edu/placement.

ENTRY LEVEL MATHEMATICS TUTORIAL

Students who are not well prepared for the entry-level
mathematics courses MATH 117, MATH 133 and MATH 135 should complete the ELM
Tutorial and pass the proctored ELM Exam in the PAC*e* Testing
Center (WB 138). The ELM Tutorial is a structured review of basic algebraic
concepts. It includes video instruction, practice problems and review
exams. Students must work through the material and qualify to take the
ELM Exam by scoring adequately on the four unit/review exams.

When classes
are in session the ELM Exam is given on a "walk in" basis during the regular hours of the PAC*e*
Testing Center (138 Weber). University credit * cannot* be earned
from the ELM Exam. Students who do not qualify for the desired
entry-level mathematics course must repeat the ELM Exam. After two
unsuccessful attempts, students must review the tutorial material and
re-qualify to take the ELM Exam by passing the final review exam once
again.

**Tutors** in the PAC*e* Tutoring Center (136 Weber) are available to
assist students who are working on the ELM Tutorial. There is no additional
fee for either the ELM Tutorial or the ELM Exam.

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Last updated on: March 27, 2012
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