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 be sent out on Wednesdays.

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 "Student" button, click "Register Now," 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.

Who takes the placement test?

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. Exam results will only be reviewed and placement levels sent on Thursdays.

How will I know my placement level?

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.

What should I do to prepare?

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 Math Placement Exam in order to place at or above the college algebra or precalculus level. Students who do well enough on the Math Placement Exam to place at the precalculus level (students who place into MATH 151 or MATH 101) can attempt to place directly into a calculus course by completing the Math Placement Exam - For Placement Into 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.

What is my program id?

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.