Math Placement Exam
Math Placement Exam
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The Math Placement Exam is open from October 26, 2020 – January 15, 2021 for Continuing and Transfer students that require the MPE for spring enrollment. For access and instructions to the MPE, please email examasst@rit.edu and include the student’s name, ID, and RIT username.
The 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
Program Code |
Plan |
Title |
UCIS/UCIS5 |
ALL |
College of Computing & Info Sciences |
UCLA |
ALL |
College of Liberal Arts |
UCOE |
ALL |
College of Engineering |
UCOS |
ALL |
College of Science |
UCSB |
ALL |
College of Business |
UCST |
ENGTEH-UND |
Engineering Technology |
UCST |
HSPS-BS |
International Hospitality Service Management |
UCST |
PACK-BS |
Packaging Science |
UCST5 |
CPET-BS |
Computer Engineering Technology |
UCST5 |
CVET-BS |
Civil Engineering Technology |
UCST5 |
EEET-BS |
Electrical Engineering Technology |
UCST5 |
EMET-BS |
Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology |
UCST5 |
ESHS-BS |
Environmental Sustainability Health & Safety |
UCST5 |
MCET-BS |
Mechanical Engineering Technology |
UCST5 |
MFET-BS |
Manufacturing Engineering Technology |
UCST5 |
RMET-BS |
Robotics & Manufacturing Engineering Tech |
UHST |
BIOMED-BS |
Biomedical Sciences |
UHST |
DMSO-BS |
Diagnostic Medical Sonography |
UHST |
EXRSCI-BS |
Exercise Science |
UHST |
NUTR-BS |
Nutrition Management |
UHST |
NUTRSC-BS |
Nutritional Sciences |
UHST |
PHYA-BS |
Physician Assistant |
UIAS |
ALL BS PROGRAMS |
College of Imaging Arts & Sciences |
UINT |
APPLAS-BS |
Applied Arts and Sciences |
UINT |
UNIVST-UND |
University Exploration |
UTID |
AMECHT-AAS |
Applied Mechanical Technology |
UTID |
PBENG-UND |
Pre-Bacc Engineering/Engineering Tech |
UTID |
CVTC-AAS |
Civil Technology |
UTID |
ASLINT-BS |
ASL-English Interpretation |
NOTE: BFA degrees are not required to take the Math Placement Exam.
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. If it does, you may not need to take the placement exam.
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 exam is open until 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.
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.
If you require extended test time, DO NOT begin the exam. You must first submit proper documentation to the Disability Services Office, and then contact us to verify your extended time is set up. Beginning the exam without proper extended time setup will not warrant an exam re-take.