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In general, most entering freshmen will need to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE). 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. The MPE is waived for students who either scored 3, 4 or 5 on an Advanced Placement Calculus Exam (either AB or BC) or have transfer credit in a math course at the level of college algebra or above. Use the button below to determine if you need to take the MPE.

Do I need to take the MPE?

You should review and prepare before taking the Math Placement Exam, even if you are currently taking a mathematics course. The Mathematics Department has prepared interactive review materials and practice questions for all sections of the exam.

If you are an incoming student, you may be eligible to take the unproctored Math Placement Exam from home. Once you begin your degree program on campus, you are no longer eligible to take the unproctored version of the exam.

Log into the Math Placement Exam web site using your eID to check your options. We generally recommend that you begin with the unproctored Math Placement Exam if you are still eligible for this option. Otherwise, you will need to take the proctored version of the MPE (Math Challenge Exam).

If you have had accommodations in the past, you will want to contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS) in the General Services Building and plan to meet with an accommodations specialist. (Note: They are planning to change their name to the Student Disability Center and move to the TILT Building.) The specialist will review your documentation and provide you with a memo that helps your instructors know what accommodations are appropriate.

If you are an incoming student, you are welcome to contact the PACe Office (Weber 137; 970/491-5761) and ask to speak with a PACe director. The director will talk with you about the accommodations you have had in the past, and if you are eligible, can get you set up with extended time for a remotely completed MPE attempt.

All students taking the MPE will be placed into at least MATH 101, Math in the Social Sciences. The other entry-level math courses at Colorado State have enforced prerequisites that require you to demonstrate a greater level of algebra proficiency on the MPE than is required for MATH 101. The entry-level math courses are:

MATH 101Math in the Social Sciences,
MATH 105Patterns of Phenomena, and
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I.

Be sure to consult with your adviser before deciding that MATH 101 is the right course for you. Many academic programs do not accept MATH 101 toward degree requirements. MATH 101 does not prepare you for any other course at the University, and it does not satisfy prerequisites for any other course (such as MATH 117). If you place into just MATH 101 and need to take a different math class, look for information about the ELM Tutorial on the website where you check your Math Placement results.

Yes. You are allowed to take the MPE twice in a proctored setting. Incoming students have an additional opportunity to take the exam remotely prior to their term of admission.

The MPE is given on a walk-in basis in the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138) whenever classes are in session.

Incoming students have an additional opportunity to take the exam remotely prior to their term of admission.

Exam results are available immediately after the exam is submitted. You can re-check your placement results at any time by logging in to the Math Placement & Challenge Exams web site using your eID. Your remaining options will also be displayed. The Mathematics Department cannot give you results over the telephone because of federal law regarding privacy of information. Questions concerning exam results should be directed to the PACe Office (Weber 137; (970) 491-5761).

The Math Placement Exam consists of 50 multiple choice and multiple choice-multiple response questions. The timelimit for the exam is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The MPE covers pre-algebra and algebra, trigonometry, and logarithmic and exponential functions.

The Mathematics Department has prepared interactive review materials and practice questions for all sections of the exam.

Yes, you are expected to use a calculator on the exam. If you take the exam on a walk-in basis on campus, you must use a calculator provided by the PACe Testing Center. The PACe Testing Center has Texas Instrument TI-84 calculators. To take the MPE on campus, you will also need a pencil or pen, and your Colorado State RamCard (ID card). Reference materials are not permitted.

A one-time exam fee of $15 is charged to your student account the first time you take the MPE. There is no charge for subsequent attempts on the exam, or if you take advantage of other placement activities such as the ELM Tutorial.

You must take the Math Challenge Exam in a proctored setting to qualify for course credit by exam. On campus, you would do this in the PACe Testing Center (Weber 138). If you qualify for course credit, you must register for it to guarantee it will appear on your transcript. There is no additional tuition charge for this credit. The registration numbers used for placement credit are published in the Class Schedule. If you are not eligible to register for these "credit by exam" sections, you will receive an error if you try to add them to your class schedule. If you have any questions about registering for earned placement credit, please speak with the staff in the PACe Office (Weber 137; (970) 491-5761).

Didn't find your answer? Send an email to PACe@math.colostate.edu.