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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to take the Math Placement Exam?

Do transfer students take the exam?
Do part-time students take the exam?
Do evening students take the exam?

Will my SAT scores suffice?

I took the AP calculus exam. Do I still take the MPE?

I took calculus at another university. Do I take the MPE?

What is my login name and password?
When do I take the MPE?
Is there a practice exam and how do I prepare for the test?
Are calculators allowed?
How long will the exam take?

How do I see my results?
What if I don't pass?

Will the MPE affect my GPA?
What if I don't take the exam?

Whom should I contact if I have more questions?


Who takes the Math Placement Exam?
All students who enroll in a degree program which requires calculus credit and who have not passed the appropriate prerequisite course at RIT with a grade of C or better must take the placement exam.

Calculus Course  Prerequisite Course
COS-MATH-161 Applied Calculus
COS-MATH-101 College Algebra with a C or better
COS-MATH-171 Calculus A COS-MATH-111 Precalculus with a C or better
COS-MATH-181 Project-Based Calculus I COS-MATH-111 Precalculus with an A and strong performance on final examination (per instructor's recommendation)
   
 

Based upon placement exam scores, the School of Mathematical Sciences will provide a recommendation to students' home departments for appropriate placement.  Students should contact their home department is they have questions regarding their placement.

Do transfer students, part-time students or evening students take the MPE?
Unless you have adequately completed the appropriate prerequisite course at RIT, you may have to take the placement exam. Transfer students should contact their home department directly about whether they take the test.

Will my SAT or ACT scores suffice?
No. Although your SAT/ACT score may have been used for admissions purposes, it is not used for placement into a calculus course.

I took the AP exam. Do I still take the MPE?
Yes, you are still required to take the placement exam. However, we are glad you took the AP exam and your score will certainly be used to help determine the appropriate credit received and your placement in a course. Academic deparments use both AP scores and MPE scores to determine placement.

I took calculus at another university. Do I take the MPE?
Your home department will determine if the calculus class you took will substitute for the calculus class at RIT. If it does, you may not need to take the placement exam.  Some departments still require a math placement exam score to determine proper placement.

What is my login name and password?
Your login name and password is the same as your RIT computer account. You should have received this information via email when you paid your admissions deposit and initiated your account at start.rit.edu.

If you do not have your account established or if you have forgotten your login information, you may contact ITS Helpdesk at helpdesk@rit.edu or (585) 475-HELP (4357).

When do I take the MPE?
The 2013 exam is offered May 15 through June 30 - you can access the exam at any time of the day convenient for you, as it is available 24 hours a day. We strongly encourage you to take the exam earlier in the month.

Is there a practice exam?
Once you are registered in MapleTA, you will have the opportunity to take a brief trial quiz. This quiz will provide you a chance to become familiar with the interface in MapleTA.

To prepare for the MPE, the School of Mathematical Sciences recommends you review your high school notes or review the many tutorials available online. See the List of Topics that May Appear on the Math Placement Exam for more information.

Are calculators allowed?
No. The purpose of the exam is to test your skills and knowledge of mathematics, not your ability to use calculators. If you use a calculator or anything else as an aid on the placement exam, your course placement may not be an accurate indication on what course you should begin your mathematical studies. We want you to begin in the course that most suits your academic needs.

How long will the exam take?
The MPE contains 30 questions and is one hour (60 minutes) long. After one hour, the exam will close. IMPORTANT: You MUST click on the "Grade" button at the top of the page in order to submit your exam.

How do I see my results?
When you have completed the exam, you must hit the "Grade" button at the top of the testing screen. Without doing so, your grade will not be recorded. After hitting the "Grade" button, you will be shown your results.

What if I don't pass?
This test is not about passing or failing; it's about finding out where you should start so that you have the very best chance to succeed at RIT. When you take the MPE, your mathematical skills are simply assessed. Your score may indicate to the School of Mathematical Sciences that you spend some time (usually one semester) strengthening your skills and knowledge in a class that is specially designed to get you ready for the rigorous demands of calculus at RIT.

Will the MPE affect my GPA?
No. The placement exam is a diagnostic tool for initial placement only. It has nothing to do with your grades and will not appear on your transcript. However, statistics show a strong correlation between success and following the recommendations of the School of Mathematical Sciences based on your score on the placement exam.

What if I don't take the exam?
You will be not be registered for a calculus course, or you will be dropped from such a course unless you have successfully completed the prerequisite course at RIT.

Whom should I contact if I have more questions?
For more information please contact your home department or e-mail the School of Mathematical Sciences at examasst@rit.edu.