MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT & CHALLENGE EXAMINATIONS

Most entering freshmen will need to take either the
*unproctored* Colorado State University Mathematics Placement Exam or the
*proctored* Mathematics Challenge Exam *if*
MATH 101 does not satisfy the math requirement for their degree program.
For ease of reference below,
**MPE** refers to either the Mathematics Placement Exam or the Mathematics
Challenge Exam. The **MPE** is waived
for students needing MATH 117 or MATH 105 if they have earned:

- a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam (AB or BC);
- College Algebra credit through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program; or
- transferable University credit in College Algebra.

The
**MPE**
is a 50-item exam designed to assess students' current knowledge of
prerequisite material for the entry-level mathematics courses, and the content
of the one credit precalculus courses
MATH 117 – MATH 126.
Students who demonstrate basic
proficiency with the content of one or more of the courses MATH 117 –
MATH 126 are placed out of the corresponding course(s) and may register
for the next course. Students whose
performance indicates competence comparable to that expected of students who
have completed a course are placed out and awarded academic credit in the
corresponding course when the exam has been completed in a proctored
setting.

Students whose **MPE** scores suggest they are not well prepared for
entry-level mathematics courses should complete the Entry Level Mathematics
(ELM) Tutorial and attain an acceptable score on the ELM Exam to become
eligible to take MATH 105 or MATH 117. All students taking the **MPE**
are placed into at least MATH 101, Math in the Social Sciences although
there is no longer a prerequisite for this class. The ELM
Tutorial is described in the next section found below.

Incoming students have the
opportunity to take the *unproctored* Math Placement Exam remotely one (1) time prior to their term of admission. Incoming students
may also make arrangements with ProctorU (for a fee) to take
the *proctored* Math Challenge Exam until their eligibility to take placement exams remotely ends. When classes are in session, the
Math Challenge Exam is given on a
"walk in" basis during the regular hours of the PAC*e* Testing
Center (138 Weber). The exam may be taken **twice** in a proctored setting.
Exam results are available immediately and students can re-check their results
online by selecting the *"Placement Information"* link on the
Math Department web site. Credit by examination is only awarded when the exam
is taken in a proctored setting.

A one-time examination fee of $15
is charged to the student's University account the first time he or she takes
the **MPE**. This one-time exam fee covers all eligible attempts of the
**MPE** plus any earned placement credit, as well as any work
completed on the ELM Tutorial and ELM Exam.

A scientific or graphics
calculator is needed for the **MPE**. Students may use their own calculator
when taking the exam remotely, but must use a calculator provided by the
PAC*e* Testing Center at other times.
Calculators that have a "QWERTY" keyboard, TI-89 and TI-Inspire
calculators are not allowed.

Students are urged to
prepare for the **MPE**.
A comprehensive set of review materials can be found online at the CSU
Mathematics Department web site (
www.math.colostate.edu/mpe ).

Students cannot rely on automatically
receiving earned placement credit, and should register for placement credit
they have earned.
Students may confirm their eligibility for placement credit in person
with the staff in the
PAC*e* Office (137 Weber) or online at
placement.math.colostate.edu.

ENTRY LEVEL MATHEMATICS TUTORIAL

Students who are not well prepared for the entry-level
mathematics courses MATH 105 and MATH 117 should complete the ELM
Tutorial and pass the proctored ELM Exam in the PAC*e* Testing
Center (WB 138). The ELM Tutorial is a structured review of basic algebraic
concepts. It includes video instruction, practice problems and review
exams. Students must work through the material and qualify to take the
ELM Exam by scoring adequately on the four unit/review exams.

When classes
are in session, the ELM Exam is given on a "walk in" basis during the regular hours of the PAC*e*
Testing Center (138 Weber). University credit * cannot* be earned
from the ELM Exam. Students who do not qualify for the desired
entry-level mathematics course must repeat the ELM Exam. After two
unsuccessful attempts, students must review the tutorial material and
re-qualify to take the ELM Exam by passing the final review exam once
again.

**Course Assistants** in the PAC*e* Learning Center (136 Weber) are available to
assist students who are working on the ELM Tutorial. There is no additional
fee for either the ELM Tutorial or the ELM Exam (if taken on campus in the
PAC*e* Testing Center). Incoming students may also make arrangements with
ProctorU (for a fee) to take the ELM Exam until their eligibility to take
placement exams remotely ends.

PRE-CALCULUS TUTORIALS

** Incoming students for the Fall semester** who did not place out of
PAC

The option to take a Precalculus Tutorial Placement Exam
**ends** on the Thursday prior to the start of fall classes,
when the pre-fall walk-in placement session ends. Incoming students may also
make arrangements with ProctorU (for a fee) to take a Precalculus Tutorial
Placement Exam until their eligibility to take placement exams remotely ends.
University credit

**Course Assistants** in the PAC*e* Learning Center (136 Weber) are
available to assist students who are working on the Precalculus Tutorial.
There is no additional CSU fee for a Precalculus Tutorial Placement
Exam.

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Last updated on: October 18, 2018
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