Colorado State University Department of Mathematics

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 a 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 a Prerequisite Exam.

Is there a fee?
An 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 Prerequisite Exam, you will not be charged again.

What do you need to bring?
For either the MPE or the Prerequisite 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 ID card as identification.

*** 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.

SUMMER, 2007
  Monday, May 14 -
              Friday, June 8
        (**CLOSED May 28th)
    9:00 am - 12:00 noon               Monday-Friday   MPE & Prerequisite Exam "walk-in"
PACe Testing Center
(Weber 138)
  Monday, June 11 -
              Friday, August 3
        (**CLOSED July 4th)
  9:00 am - 1:15 pm               Monday-Friday   MPE & Prerequisite Exam "walk-in"
PACe Testing Center
(Weber 138)
  Saturday, August 4 -
              Sunday, August 19
  PACe Center is CLOSED   "Walk-in" testing
is not available

FALL, 2007
  Monday, August 20 -
                Friday, December 7
 (** CLOSED September 3
        & November 17-25 )
  9:00 am - 4:00 pm Mon-Fri
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Mon-Thurs
  MPE & Prerequisite Exam "walk-in"
PACe Testing Center
(Weber 138)
  Saturday, December 8 -
              Monday, January 21
  PACe Center is CLOSED   "Walk-in" testing
is not available

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Last modified on: June 1, 2007