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Accessing the Exam | Test Codes | Test Code Expired | Participants | When to Test

Result Dates | Placement Levels | Score Needed | Testing Early | Location

Preparing for the Test | Duration of Test | Calculators

Transfer Credits | Why Two Tests | Computer Malfunction

Program ID | Summer School Requirements

First, you need to apply for a code using our Registration Form. Once you have

received your code, you will need to follow the Exam Instructions to take the exam.

** I have registered for a code. Why haven't I received it yet?**

Codes will only be sent on the mornings of the following dates: 1/7, 1/8,

1/23, and 1/30 (check back for dates to be added throughout the semester).

So if, for example, you register for a code during the afternoon of 1/23,

you will receive your code on the morning of 1/30.

** My MyMathTest account has expired. What can I do?**

Students are only eligible to receive one individual access code from the Department

of Mathematics. If the MyMathTest account that you created with your individual

access code has expired, you will need to purchase a new code directly from Pearson

in order to get back in to test/review/retest.

To purchase a new code: go to MyMathTest.com, click the "Buy Now" button, and

enter the requested information to complete your purchase. Once you have logged

in to MyMathTest with your newly activated account, proceed from step 5 of the

instructions on the instructions page to enter the program id and take the exam.

Students in the following majors need to complete the Mathematics Placement Exam

before coming to Winthrop for Summer Orientation. *Not all students need to take the placement test. If you do not see your intended major in the list below, you do not need to take the MPE. *

- Biology (all concentrations)
- Business (all programs)
- Chemistry (all concentrations)
- Computer Science
- Digital Information Design
- Economics
- Environmental Studies/Sciences
- Exercise Science
- Integrated Marketing Communication
- Mathematics (all programs)
- Middle Level Mathematics track
- Pre-engineering

Undeclared students (those who are undecided) considering one of the majors listed

above may take the MPE. Undeclared students may also wait until deciding on a major

to take the MPE.

** When should the placement test be taken?**

MyMathTest student accounts expire after 16 weeks. Students must take the exam,

and review and retest within the 16 week period that his or her account is active.

Students will not be eligible to receive a *new individual access code from Winthrop. *

Therefore it is imperative that you begin reviewing immediately *if you do not reach the level needed.*

Students can complete the exam at any time during the 16 weeks their accounts

are active. However, students should note that exams will only be reviewed on the

mornings of 1/8, 1/9, 1/23, and 1/30 (check back for dates to be added throughout

the semester).

** How will I know my placement level?**

Exam results will be reviewed on the mornings of: 1/8, 1/9, 1/23, and 1/30

(check back for dates to be added throughout the semester). Placement levels

will only be sent on these exam review dates. You will receive an email from

mathplacement@winthrop.edu stating your placement level. At orientation

advisors in your major will direct you to enroll in the appropriate course based

on your math placement level.

** What are the placement levels?**

none - Student needs to review and retest in order to place into a calculus track course.

1 - Student can enroll in MATH 151

2 - Student can enroll in MATH 101 or MATH 151

3 - Student can enroll in MATH 201 + MATH 104 as a co-requisite, MATH 105,

MATH 101 or MATH 151

4 - Student can enroll in MATH 201, MATH 105, MATH 101 or MATH 151

** How well do I need to do on the exam to place into a class?**

The content on the Math Placement Exam is prerequisite material for a precalculus

course. Students need to answer at least 75% of the questions correctly in order to

be eligible to enroll in a precalculus course.

Similarly, the Math Placement Exam - For Placement Into Calculus is made up of

precalculus and trigonometry questions.So students need to answer at least 75%

of the precalculus questions correctly toplace into a calculus course, and students

must answer at least 75% of the trigonometry questions correctly in order to avoid

having to take a trigonometry course.

Please note: students are able to view the percentage of questions answered

correctly on the practice tests. The actual exams, however, are individually

reviewed. So students will not see a numeric score on those exams. Students

will instead receive an email containing their math placement level on the exam

review dates listed above.

** Is there an advantage to testing early? **

Yes. The Department of Mathematics may recommend that completing the study plan

and practice tests that are built into the computer assessment can prepare you to retest

to attempt to place into a higher level course.

** If I do not place into the course required by my major, what can I do?**

The first step is to take the MPE and have your exam evaluated. If you do not place

into the course you need, you can work through your personalized study plan and

take the practice exams in order to prepare to take the exam for a second time. *Note the MyMathTest account you create is valid for 16-weeks from the time that it is first created and students will not be eligible to receive a new individual access code from Winthrop. Therefore it is imperative that you begin reviewing immediately if you do not reach the level needed*. The review and retesting page has more information on

preparing to retake the exam.

** Where do I go to take the MPE?**

The MPE can be taken online from any computer with an internet connection. Using

a computer with a high speed connection is encouraged.

The MPE is made up of questions that cover pre-algebra, algebra, college algebra,

and trigonometry topics. Please visit the review and retesting page to read more

about how to use the online materials available in MyMathTest to prepare for the exam.

** How long will it take to complete the MPE? **

The *Math Placement Exam* is made up of thirty questions that cover pre-algebra and

algebra topics. Typically this test takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete. The exam

needs to be completed in a single sitting. So please make sure you have a few hours

of time available before beginning the exam.

If a student does well on the *Math Placement Exam,* the student can then take the

*Math Placement Exam - For Placement Into Calculus.* This exam is also made up

of thirty questions, and these thirty questions cover college algebra and trigonometry

topics. This test typically takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete and needs to be

completed in a single sitting.

Students who do well on the *Math Placement Exam* can move directly to the

*Math Placement Exam - For Placement Into Calculus* in order to complete both

tests in a single sitting, but that is not required. Students who are eligible to take the

*Math Placement Exam - For Placement Into Calculus* can do so at any time during

the 16 weeks their MyMathTest accounts are active. * *

** Can I use a calculator to complete the MPE?**

Yes, we recommend that you use a scientific calculator.

** If I have transfer credit, do I need to take the exam? **

If you will receive transfer credit for College Algebra (MATH 151), PreCalculus (MATH

101), Trigonometry (MATH 104), or Calculus (MATH 105 or MATH 201), you will most

likely not need to take the placement test. If you are unsure, you can email

mathplacement@winthrop.edu with the coursework you have and your intended major,

and the Department of Mathematics will advise you on whether to complete the

placement test.

** Why are there two tests? Do I take both tests?**

In MyMathTest you will see both the *Math Placement Exam* as well as the *Math Placement Exam - For Placement Into Calculus* at the top of your list of available

tests. Every student in a major that requires the MPE must take the

Exam

who do well enough on the

(students who place into MATH 151 or MATH 101) can attempt to place directly into

a calculus course by completing the

Calculus.

** What should I do if something happens to my computer while I'm taking the exam and I'm unable to finish it?**

Send an email with a detailed description of the problem to

mathplacement@winthrop.edu. You will receive an email response within 48 hours.

The program id can be copied and pasted from step 5 of the instructions on the

MPE Instructions Page.

** I heard that in the summer the MPE is not required to enroll in MATH classes. Is this true?**

The structure of summer sessions is different than regular terms. Therefore the

department does not require the MPE for MATH 151 registration during summer

sessions. Note: MATH 105 and MATH 201 will continue to either require a MPE

score or successful completion of prerequisites with a grade of C or better.

** I don't see my question here. Who can help me?**

Email mathplacement@winthrop.edu, or call Mr. Brian Hipp at 803-323-4548.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Mathematics

142 Bancroft Hall

Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA

803/323-2175

803/323-4535 (fax)

math@winthrop.edu

142 Bancroft Hall

Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA

803/323-2175

803/323-4535 (fax)

math@winthrop.edu