UNDERSTANDING YOUR PLACEMENT RESULTS
** NOTE: in all references below, MPE
refers to either the
Math Placement Exam or the proctored
How do I get my results?
Select the "My Placement Results" link after logging in to the
The Mathematics Department cannot give you results over the telephone because
of federal law regarding privacy of educational records. If you have questions
about the MPE, contact the PACe Office (Weber 137;
May I take the exam again?
Students who are new to the University may attempt the Math Placement Exam
remotely one time in a non-proctored setting prior to their term of admission.
All students may take the Math Challenge Exam a total of two
times in a proctored setting. To take the exam in a proctored setting on
campus, you must request it on a
walk-in basis in the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138). Bring
your Colorado State student ID card, and a pencil or pen. You must use the
TI-84 calculator provided by the PACe Testing Center for walk-in
Should I take the exam again?
If you did not prepare before taking the MPE or feel you can do better
with further review, yes, you should review and take the exam
again. Consult with your adviser concerning your degree requirements and the
importance of retaking the exam to your program of study.
To study for the MPE, use the
review materials prepared by the Department of Mathematics.
What happens if I don't do very well on the MPE?
All students taking the MPE will be placed into at least MATH 130, 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 130. The
entry-level math courses are:
MATH 130 (Math in the Social Sciences),
MATH 133 (Financial Mathematics),
MATH 135 (Patterns of Phenomena),
MATH 117 (College Algebra in Context I).
Be sure to consult with your
adviser before deciding that MATH 130 is the right course for you.
MATH 130 does not satisfy degree requirements for many majors. MATH 130
does not prepare you for any other course at the University,
and MATH 130 does not satisfy the prerequisite for MATH 117
(or any other course at CSU),
What if MATH 130 is the wrong course for me?
If you are still eligible to re-take the MPE, you can
study and take the exam again. When you
check your placement results, you will also find a link to the
ELM Tutorial. Instructions for the ELM Tutorial are found under this link.
You can complete this tutorial online and then take the
proctored ELM Exam in the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138).
The ELM Exam can qualify you to register for MATH 117, MATH 133
and MATH 135.
How do I get the credit I earned on the MPE?
You must take the Math Challenge Exam in a proctored setting to qualify for
course credit by exam. On campus, you would do this in the PACe
Testing Center (Weber 138). If you qualify for course
credit, you must register for it to guarantee it will
appear on your transcript. There is no additional tuition charge for this
credit. The registration numbers used for placement credit are published
in the Class Schedule. If you are not eligible to register for these
"credit by exam" sections, you will receive an error if you try to add
them to your class schedule. If you have any questions about registering
for earned placement credit, please speak with the staff in the
PACe Office (Weber 137; (970) 491-5761).
POSSIBLE MATH PLACEMENT OUTCOMES
CLEARED to register for: MATH 130
You have met the prerequisite for only this entry-level math course.
You may either register for MATH 130, Math in the Social Sciences, re-take
the MPE, or
complete the ELM Tutorial and take the ELM Exam to try
to improve your placement status. MATH 130 will not satisfy the
degree requirements for many majors. You should talk with your
adviser or consult the
University Catalog to determine if this course is appropriate
for your program of study.
CLEARED to register for: MATH 117, MATH 130, MATH 133, MATH 135
You have met the prerequisite for all of the entry-level math courses. You
may either register for one of these courses, or re-take the MPE
to try to improve your placement status.
PLACED OUT of:
You scored at or above minimally acceptable levels in these courses.
You do not qualify for credit in the courses listed with this
result. However, "placed out of" courses do satisfy prerequisites for other
University courses, so you are eligible to register for any course that
requires one of these courses as a prerequisite. You are also eligible to
register for and complete for credit any course that is included in your
list of "placed out of" courses.
QUALIFIED for CREDIT in:
Your score indicates competence comparable to that expected of students who
have completed these courses. As a result, you have qualified for
University credit in the courses listed. You must register for this
credit (see above), and a grade of "S" (Satisfactory) will be recorded.
There is no additional tuiition charge for credit earned from the Math
Challenge Exam. Credit earned by exam can be used to satisfy the
AUCC Mathematics Requirement.
WHAT SHOULD YOU REGISTER FOR?
You should consult with your academic adviser or check the requirements
for your degree program as listed in the
University Catalog to
determine which course(s) are most appropriate for you. Be sure to complete
the 3-credit AUCC Mathematics Requirement early in your degree program.
You can avoid a grading penalty by finishing this requirement by the time you
have earned 60 total credits toward your degree.
(Click here for more information about the AUCC Mathematics Requirement.)
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