Math Placement Exam
RIT Math Placement Exam
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The RIT Math Placement Exam (MPE) is used to place students in the appropriate initial mathematics and/or statistics course(s). The MPE must be taken seriously so that the score truly reflects a student's current level of math preparedness and knowledge. Outside resources and calculators are not permitted. Dishonesty during the MPE may result in improper placement, putting a student in a course they are not adequately prepared to take. Please read RIT's Academic Integrity Policy. If you took the AP Calculus AB or BC Exam, you are still required to take the MPE.
Advisors will use both your MPE score and your program requirements to determine where you will be placed.
MPE Score | Course Placement | Course Title | Note |
No minimum score | MATH-101 or MATH-111 | College Algebra or Precalculus | Students may not take and receive credit for both MATH-111 and MATH-101 |
At least 35% | MATH-131 | Discrete Mathematics | |
At least 35% | STAT-145 | Introduction to Statistics I | |
At least 45% | MATH-161 | Applied Calculus | |
At least 50% | MATH-171 | Calculus A | |
At least 60% | MATH-181A | Calculus I | |
At least 70% | MATH-181 | Project-Based Calculus I |
FAQs
College |
Program Code |
Plan/Major |
College of Art and Design (CAD) |
UIAS |
Motion Picture Science (DIGCIME-BS) and Photographic Sciences (PHIMTEC-BS) |
College of Engineering Technology (CET) |
UCST/UCST5 |
All Undergraduate Programs |
College of Health Science and Technology (CHST) |
UHST |
Biomedical Sciences (BIOMED-BS) |
College of Liberal Arts (CLA) |
UCLA |
All Undergraduate Programs |
College of Science |
UCOS |
All Undergraduate Programs |
Golisano College of Computing & Information Science (GCCIS) |
UCIS/UCIS5 |
All Undergraduate Programs |
National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) |
UTID |
ASL-English Interpretation (ASLINT-BS), Applied Mechanical Technology (AMECHT-AAS), Pre-Bacc Engineering/Engineering Tech (PBENG-UND) |
Kate Gleason College of Engineering |
UCOE |
All Undergraduate Programs |
Saunders College of Business (SCB) |
USCB |
All Undergraduate Programs |
Interdisciplinary Programs (INSTD) |
UINT |
Applied Arts and Sciences (APPLAS-BS), University Exploration Program (UNIVST-UND) |
NOTE: BFA degrees are not required to take the Math Placement Exam.
- Algebra
- Geometry
- Functions
- Trigonometry
- Precalculus
Yes, you should still plan on taking the Math Placement Exam. Your home department will determine if the course you took will transfer in for credit towards your degree and affect your placement.
Yes, you are still required to take the math placement exam (MPE). 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 departments use both AP scores and MPE scores to determine placement.
The MPE is currently closed. It will re-open mid-October for Spring enrollment.
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.
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.
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 Math Placement Exam, your mathematical skills are simply assessed. Your score indicates to the School of Mathematical Sciences and your home department where you should begin in mathematics courses.
You will be not be registered for a math course, or you will be dropped from such a course unless you have successfully completed the prerequisite course at RIT.
Disability-Related Accommodations for the MPE: Any student requesting accommodations for the Math Placement Exam needs to work with the RIT Disability Services Office to coordinate accommodations in advance of the test. The process to apply for accommodations is explained here. It is important to note that the accommodations approval process can take several weeks in some cases, so advance planning and communication with DSO is critical. Once accommodations are approved by DSO, the student must email to notify the MPE coordinators of their approved accommodations. Before beginning the test, students should await a confirmation that their accommodations are in place from the MPE coordinators.