Math Placement Exam

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  



Program Code


College of Art and Design (CAD)


Motion Picture Science (DIGCIME-BS) and Photographic Sciences (PHIMTEC-BS)

College of Engineering Technology (CET)


All Undergraduate Programs

College of Health Science and Technology (CHST)


Biomedical Sciences (BIOMED-BS)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) (DMSO-BS)
Exercise Science (EXRSCI-BS)
Dietetics and Nutrition (NUTR-BS)
Nutritional Sciences (NUTRSC-BS)
Physician Assistant (PHYA-BS)

College of Liberal Arts (CLA)


All Undergraduate Programs

College of Science


All Undergraduate Programs

Golisano College of Computing & Information Science (GCCIS)


All Undergraduate Programs

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)


ASL-English Interpretation (ASLINT-BS), Applied Mechanical Technology (AMECHT-AAS), Pre-Bacc Engineering/Engineering Tech (PBENG-UND)

Kate Gleason College of Engineering


All Undergraduate Programs

Saunders College of Business (SCB)


All Undergraduate Programs

Interdisciplinary Programs (INSTD)


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.

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

The MPE is currently open for eligible students who need the exam for spring enrollment. Contact for access and instructions.

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.

Yes, you are allowed one exam re-take. You are encouraged to study independently before re-taking the exam, to help improve your score. There is a minimum 72-hour cool-off period between exams. To request access to the exam re-take, email us after the cool-off period.