Placement Information

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

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. Students with mathematics transfer credit from another institution or AP/IB Exam credit are exempt from taking the MPE, but may still need to complete the exam depending upon prerequisites for other classes. 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 and Precalculus Tutorial are closed for maintenance between semesters . The upcoming maintenance periods are:

  • May 7 - May 11, 2018
  • August 6 - August 10, 2018
  • December 10 - December 14, 2018
  • May 6 - May 10, 2019

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 2018:   June 13, 2018
** Prerequisites must be satified by the registration deadline to enroll in a math class.



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 2018 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