Placement Information

** NOTE: in all references below, MPE refers to either the unproctored Math Placement Exam or the proctored Math Challenge Exam.

Most entering students are required to take either the CSU Math Placement Exam or Math Challenge Exam (MPE) unless they have already earned transferable University credit for a course in college level mathematics. Depending upon course prerequisites, incoming students with transferable credit in mathematics may still need to complete the MPE. Students are encouraged to use the Do I need to take the MPE? tool to clarify whether this exam is required, recommended, or not necessary.

Students are strongly advised to prepare for the exam by using the MPE Review Materials listed below.


SYSTEM MAINTENANCE PERIODS:   The websites for the Math Placement and Challenge Exams and the ELM Tutorial are closed for maintenance between semesters. The upcoming maintenance periods are:

  • August 7 - August 11, 2017
  • December 11 - December 15, 2017
  • May 7 - May 11, 2018

Students should log into the appropriate website using their eID to display the exact dates during which they will be eligible to work on the material.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE for MATH 117-126, Summer Session 2017:   June 14, 2017
** Prerequisites must be satified by the registration deadline to enroll in a math class.


MPE Review Materials


Do I need to take the MPE?


Information for Incoming Freshmen (remote MPE)

Information for Incoming Transfer Students (remote MPE)

Information for Distance/CSU Online Students (remote MPE)

Information for non-CSU Students attending the Summer 2017 term

On-Campus Placement Exam Schedules & General Information


Frequently Asked Questions about the MPE

Check Your MPE Results

Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Tutorial -- general information

Entry-Level Mathematics (ELM) Tutorial website


Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit in Mathematics

AUCC Math Requirement & 60 Credit Holds


Questions? Send a detailed email to PACe@math.colostate.edu