Frequently Asked Questions about the Mathematics Placement Examination (MPE)



HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM (MPE)?

The Colorado State Mathematics Department has prepared customized review materials for students to use to review for all sections of the exam. These items are available in pdf format. We *strongly* recommend that you prepare before taking the MPE!


SHOULD I TAKE THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM OR THE MATH CHALLENGE EXAM?

If you are an incoming student, you may be eligible to take the unproctored Math Placement Exam from home. Once you begin your degree program on campus, you are no longer eligible to take the unproctored version of the exam.

Log into the MPE website using your eID to check your options. We generally recommend that you begin with the unproctored Math Placement Exam if you are still eligible for this option. Otherwise, you will need to take the proctored version of the MPE (Math Challenge Exam).


WHAT IF I DON'T DO WELL AND PLACE INTO JUST MATH 101?

All students taking the MPE will be placed into at least MATH 101, Math in the Social Sciences. The other entry-level math courses at Colorado State have enforced prerequisites that require you to demonstrate a greater level of algebra proficiency on the MPE than is required for MATH 101. The entry-level math courses are:
                   MATH 101     Math in the Social Sciences,
                   MATH 105     Patterns of Phenomena, and
                   MATH 117     College Algebra in Context I.

Be sure to consult with your adviser before deciding that MATH 101 is the right course for you. Many academic programs do not accept MATH 101 toward degree requirements. MATH 101 does not prepare you for any other course at the University, and it does not satisfy prerequisites for any other course (such as MATH 117). If you place into just MATH 101, look for information about the ELM Tutorial on the website where you check your Math Placement results.


IF I MESS UP ON THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM, MAY I TAKE IT AGAIN?

Yes. You are allowed to take the MPE twice in a proctored setting. Incoming students have an additional opportunity to take the exam remotely prior to their term of admission.


DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM?

Most entering freshmen are required to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE). The MPE is waived for students who either scored 3, 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement Calculus Exam (either AB or BC) or have transfer credit in a math course at the level of college algebra or above. Use the button below to determine if you need to take the MPE.

                                                           


WHEN CAN I TAKE THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM?

The MPE is given on a walk-in basis in the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138) whenever classes are in session. Incoming students have an additional opportunity to take the exam remotely prior to their term of admission.


HOW DO I GET THE RESULTS FROM MY MATH PLACEMENT EXAM?

Exam results are available immediately after the exam is submitted. You can re-check your placement results at any time by logging in here using your eID . Your remaining options will also be displayed. The Mathematics Department cannot give you results over the telephone because of federal law regarding privacy of information. Questions concerning exam results should be directed to the PACe Office (Weber 137; (970) 491-5761).


HOW LONG IS THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM?

The Math Placement Exam consists of 50 multiple choice and multiple choice-multiple response questions. The timelimit for the exam is 2 hours and 20 minutes.


WHAT DOES THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM COVER?

The MPE covers pre-algebra and algebra, trigonometry, and logarithmic and exponential functions.


CAN I USE A CALCULATOR ON THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM? WHAT ELSE WILL I NEED?

Yes, you are expected to use a calculator on the exam. If you take the exam on a walk-in basis on campus, you must use a calculator provided by the PACe Testing Center. The PACe Testing Center has Texas Instrument TI-84 calculators. To take the MPE on campus, you will also need a pencil or pen, and your Colorado State RamCard (ID card). Reference materials are not permitted.


IS THERE A CHARGE FOR THE MATH PLACEMENT EXAM?

A one-time exam fee of $15 is charged to your student account the first time you take the MPE. There is no charge for subsequent attempts on the exam, or if you take advantage of other placement activities such as the ELM Tutorial.


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