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Math Placement Exam

General Procedures

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Students registering for MATH 150 do not need to take the MPE.

All students who want to register for MATH 101, MATH 105, MATH 151, or MATH 201 must take the MPE or meet the prerequisite requirements through coursework.

Each student will receive a report that indicates his/her readiness for MATH courses. This report will indicate one the following:

  • Student is ready for MATH 105, MATH 201*, or beyond.
  • Student is ready for MATH 101 or MATH 151.
  • Student is ready for MATH 151.
  • Student is not ready for a course requiring algebraic competency.

*Note: Registration for MATH 201 requires demonstration of competency in trigonometry. This can be demonstrated three ways: (a) an appropriate score on the trigonometry section of the placement test, (b) successful completion of MATH 101 with a grade of C or better in Fall 2009 or beyond), or (c) enrollment in MATH 104 as a co-requisite for MATH 201.

Placing into MATH 105, MATH 201, or beyond

  • Typically these students have successfully completed a high school or technical school pre-calculus and/or calculus course in the past 6 months.
  • These students demonstrate a solid background in a) algebraic manipulation skills, b) multiple representations for functions, and c) problem solving skills.

Placing into MATH 101

  • Typically these students have been successful in both high school Algebra I and Algebra II or have experience in college algebra from a technical school in the past 6 months.
  • These students demonstrate a working knowledge of a) algebraic manipulation skills and b) multiple representations for functions (including rational functions).

Placing into MATH 151

  • Typically these students have been successful in high school Algebra or have experience in basic and/or intermediate algebra from a technical school in the past 6 months.
  • These students demonstrate a working knowledge of algebraic manipulation skills.