The MPE Review was written by the authors of the Colorado State University
Math Placement & Challenge Exams (**MPE**) to help you prepare for either
exam. The MPE Review is organized into three sections corresponding to the
three parts of the exam. Section I deals with topics in college algebra;
Section II is concerned with numerical and analytic trigonometry; and Section
III is devoted to logarithmic and exponential functions. Each section contains
a brief explanation of the material and several practice problems. Answers
to the practice problems can be found at the end of each section.

We * strongly* recommend that you prepare thoroughly
before taking the

All students should strive to do well on as much of the exam as possible, but
it is especially important to prepare for Part I of the exam. Part I consists
of 24 items concentrating on pre-algebra and algebra skills. You must earn a
satisfactory score on this part to be eligible to take any mathematics courses
at CSU without further review. Since every major requires that at least three
credits in mathematics be earned during the first 60 credits of enrollment, it
is to your advantage to perform well on this part of the exam. For students in
math intensive majors such as engineering, physics and the mathematical
sciences, it is especially important to thoroughly prepare for all three parts
of the **MPE**.

To prepare for the **MPE**, work through all sections of the MPE Review
that contain material you have previously studied. (Remember, Part I is for
everyone!) If you find you have forgotten some techniques or some topics are
unfamiliar, borrow textbooks that deal with those topics from a school library,
a public library, or your high school math teacher. Use them to review. Your
high school math teacher may also be willing to talk with you about topics
you have forgotten.

The **MPE** is based on the pre-calculus courses offered at Colorado State
University. Using the course outlines as a guide may also help you find
suitable reference materials at your local library. The current outlines for
these courses are found
here.

Click on the appropriate link below to access the review materials for the
section you wish to study (requires the free
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