Colorado State Mathematics Placement Examination

General Information about the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE)

    The MPE is given on a "walk-in" basis ( when classes are in session) in the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138) according to the table shown below. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice and multiple choice-multiple response questions and covers topics in College Algebra, Numerical & Analytic Trigonometry, and Logarithms & Exponential Functions. The exam period is two hours and twenty minutes long. Calculators are allowed, but you must use the TI-84 calculator provided by the PACe Testing Center. Reference materials may not be used during the exam.
    The MPE may be taken twice on campus in a proctored setting. Exam results are available immediately. Incoming students have an additional opportunity to take the exam remotely prior to their term of admission.

Do I need to take the MPE?

    All entering freshmen are required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam. 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. Transfer students who have not transferred any mathematics courses to Colorado State must begin with the MPE. Students who do not place into the math course required by their degree program are directed to complete the Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Tutorial and then take the ELM Exam.

Is there a fee?

    A CSU exam fee of $15 is automatically charged to your student account the first time you take the Math Placement Exam. This is a one time fee and covers subsequent attempts of the MPE. If you need to complete the ELM Tutorial and take the ELM Exam, you will not be charged again.

What do you need to bring?

    For either the MPE or the ELM Exam, you need to bring a pencil or pen, and identification that includes your photo and student ID number. Currently enrolled students are required to bring their Colorado State RamCard as identification. The PACe Testing Center will provide you with an on-screen TI-84 calculator.

*** For "walk-in" exams, plan to arrive at the PACe Testing Center well before the closing time listed below to be certain you will have all the time allowed for the exam you will be taking.

  Saturday, December 8 -
              Monday, January 21
  PACe Center is CLOSED   "Walk-in" testing
is not available

SPRING, 2013
  Tuesday, January 22 -
                Friday, May 10
 (** CLOSED March 16-24 )
  9:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon-Fri
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Mon-Thurs
  MPE & ELM Exam "walk-in"
PACe Testing Center
Weber 138
  Saturday, May 11 -
              Sunday, May 19
  PACe Center is CLOSED   "Walk-in" testing
is not available

SUMMER, 2013 (subject to change)
  Monday, May 20 -
              Friday, June 14
        (**CLOSED May 27th)
    9:00 am - 12:00 noon               Monday-Friday   MPE & ELM Exam "walk-in"
PACe Testing Center
Weber 138
  Monday, June 17 -
              Friday, August 9
        (**CLOSED July 4th)
  9:00 am - 1:15 pm               Monday-Friday   MPE & ELM Exam "walk-in"
PACe Testing Center
Weber 138
  Saturday, August 10 -
          Wednesday, August 21
  PACe Center is CLOSED   "Walk-in" testing
is not available

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