** NOTE: in all references below, MPE refers to either the
unproctored Math Placement Exam or the proctored Math
Every degree program at Colorado State University requires a
minimum of 3 credits in mathematics for graduation. The Colorado State
University Math Placement and Challenge Exams (MPE) have
been developed by the Department of Mathematics to determine a student's
readiness for college-level mathematics at Colorado State.
*** PLEASE CAREFULLY READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION BELOW. CLICK ON THE
BUTTONS TO DETERMINE IF YOU NEED TO TAKE THE MPE, AND YOUR TESTING
Most first-time freshmen who have not completed a transferable
college-level mathematics course will need to take the MPE.
Beginning in Fall 2018, students with minimum SAT/ACT test scores
(SAT MATH: 500 or ACT MATH: 19) will be allowed to enroll in MATH 101,
Math in the Social Sciences, without taking the MPE. Most students
wishing to take a math course other than MATH 101, or a student who
does not have the minimum SAT/ACT test scores listed above, will need
to take the MPE.
Newly admitted freshmen who expect to receive college credit for
a mathematics course from Advanced Placement, concurrent enrollment
in a college-level course, or completion of the International
Baccalaureate program should visit with an admissions representative,
an academic adviser, or contact the Department of Mathematics to
determine whether it is in your best interest to take the MPE.
Students who have completed MAT 055, MAT 093 or MAT 099 at a
community college in Colorado with a grade of C- or better may
register for MATH 117, College Algebra I at CSU.
However, taking the MPE may still be advisable to satisfy
prerequisites for other CSU classes.
Students taking the MPE are strongly encouraged
complete the MPE remotely (using a home computer) before
participating in an Orientation and Registration Program.
Placement exams are not a regularly scheduled part of the on-campus
Orientation programs. Students who have completed the MPE in
advance of Orientation will be better prepared to plan an optimal
schedule of classes with their adviser during Orientation.
Registration in a mathematics course during the first semester on
campus may not be required for specific degree programs, but more course
options will be available to students with MPE results that
demonstrate readiness for a college-level mathematics course.
You will not be able to enroll in courses in
Chemistry, Economics, Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics
if you are waiting to receive your AP or IB Exam results to satisfy
prerequisites. Taking the MPE to satisfy prerequisites for these
popular courses will allow you to register earlier when there are
still seats available.
Direct admission to some competitive degree programs may require
mathematics during the first semester on campus.
Incoming students may take the Math Placement Exam (unproctored)
one time prior to their term of admission using a compatible personal
computer. The Math Challenge Exam may be taken up to two (2) times
in a proctored setting. Whether proctored or unproctored, the MPE
has a 2 hour, 20 minute time limit.
If you assume that you remember the math you studied in high school
(and don't study for the MPE), you could easily find you
are unable to register for some important classes during your first
A ONE-TIME $15 CSU exam fee is charged to your student account the
first time you take the MPE.
Payment of this fee is expected even if the
student subsequently chooses not to attend Colorado State University
after taking the exam. Students are not charged for additional
attempts of the MPE.
Students must have an eID (electronic IDentification) in order to take
the MPE remotely.
Shortly after students apply for admission to Colorado State University,
the Office of Admissions mails instructions for using a secure site to
establish an eID. If you have forgotten your eID, use the
eIdentity website for help.
If you need assistance establishing your eID, please contact the Office
of Admissions at
or (970) 491-6909.
During the academic year, the MPE is available remotely during specific
dates and times.
The term for which a student has applied for admission determines the
exact dates during which they will be eligible to take the MPE
remotely. The window of available dates will always close a few
days prior to the start of this term. Students should log into
the MPE website
using their eID to display the exact dates during which they will
be eligible to take the MPE remotely.
SYSTEM MAINTENANCE: The MPE website typically
closes during the week after classes end for the semester so we
can complete required maintenance on our system.
We strongly recommend that students prepare
before attempting this exam.