Placement Information for Distance/CSU Online Students
** NOTE: in all references below, MPE refers to either the
unproctored Math Placement Exam or the proctored Math
Every degree program at Colorado State University requires a
minimum of 3 credits in mathematics for graduation. The Colorado State
University Math Placement and Challenge Exams (MPE) have been developed
by the Department of Mathematics to determine a student's readiness for
college-level mathematics at Colorado State.
*** PLEASE CAREFULLY READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW. CLICK ON THE
BUTTONS TO DETERMINE IF YOU NEED TO TAKE THE MPE AND YOUR TESTING
CSU Online students who have not completed a transferable
college-level mathematics course may be required to take the MPE.
CSU Online students who are admitted with a transferable
college-level mathematics course should visit with a CSU Online adviser
to determine whether the MPE will be necessary.
Students who have completed MAT 055, MAT 093 or MAT 099 at a
community college in Colorado with a grade of C- or better may
register for MATH 117, College Algebra I at CSU. Visit with a CSU
Online adviser for approval to register for MATH 117.
Beginning in Fall 2018, students with minimum SAT/ACT test scores
(SAT MATH: 500 or ACT MATH: 19) will be allowed to enroll in MATH 101,
Math in the Social Sciences, without taking the MPE. Most students
wishing to take a math course other than MATH 101, or a student who
does not have the minimum SAT/ACT test scores listed above, will need
to take the MPE.
Students are strongly encouraged
complete the MPE remotely (using a home computer) to determine
appropriate placement in a mathematics course.
Students who transfer 60 or more credits to CSU may be required to
register for mathematics during the first semester.
Distance students may take the Math Placement Exam (unproctored) one
time using a compatible personal computer. The Math Challenge Exam may
be taken up to two (2) times in a proctored setting. Whether
proctored or unproctored, the MPE has a 2 hour, 20 minute time
If you assume that you remember the math you studied in high school
(and don't study for the MPE), you could easily find you
are unable to register for some important classes.
Questions concerning the MPE should be
directed to the PACe Office (Weber 137;
A ONE-TIME $15 CSU exam fee is charged to your student account the
first time you take the MPE.
Payment of this fee is expected even if the
student subsequently chooses not to attend Colorado State University
after taking the exam. Students are not charged for additional
attempts of the MPE.
Students must have an eID (electronic IDentification) in order to take
the MPE remotely.
Shortly after students apply for admission to Colorado State University,
the Office of Admissions mails instructions for using a secure site to
establish an eID. If you have forgotten your eID, use the
eIdentity website for help.
If you need assistance establishing your eID, please contact the Office
of Admissions at
or (970) 491-6909.
During the academic year, the MPE is available remotely during specific
dates and times.
Students should log into the
using their eID to display the exact dates during which they will
be eligible to take the MPE remotely.
SYSTEM MAINTENANCE: The MPE website typically
closes during the week after classes end for the semester so we
can complete required maintenance on our system.
We strongly recommend that students prepare
before attempting this exam.