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.
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%
At least 35%
Introduction to Statistics I
At least 45%
At least 50%
At least 60%
At least 70%
Project-Based Calculus I
Instructions for Incoming Freshmen
The Math Placement Exam will open on May 17, 2021. Follow the instructions below or check your email.
In order to achieve appropriate math course placement for the fall semester, you may be required to take the online Math Placement Exam (MPE). Refer to the FAQs below for the list of programs that are required to take the exam. You are strongly encouraged to complete the exam before June 15. The exam deadline is June 30, 2021. Complete the exam as soon as possible; your academic advisor is waiting for your score!
Be sure to take the exam seriously, as it will affect your course schedule for the first 1-2 years at RIT.
NOTE:BFA degrees are not required to take the Math Placement Exam.
Read all of the instructions below before starting the exam.
1. Activate your RIT computer account and RIT email. You will not be able to complete the Math Placement Exam without setting up your RIT email account first. (See RIT Account Activation below for more information)
4. You must complete the Instructions first and then the Trial Quiz before taking the Math Placement Exam.
5. For both the Trial Quiz and Math Placement Exam, proctor is the username and password.
The MPE is a timed exam - you will have 90 minutes to complete it. For more information on Disability-Related Accommodations, refer to our FAQs below "How do I receive extended time on the exam?"
The use of calculators, textbooks, or other outside materials is NOT PERMITTED. We highly suggest using pencil and paper to work out the problems.
RIT Account Activation
You will receive an account activation email from RIT when your enrollment deposit has been received and posted to our system. Allow 1-2 business days for deposit payment processing. The account activation email will go to the email address supplied on your admissions application. For detailed account management information or to contact the ITS Service Desk.
Instructions for Incoming Transfers
The Math Placement Exam is required for some transfer students, depending on your major and incoming transfer credit. If you are required to take the Math Placement Exam, you will receive an email notification to your RIT email* with detailed instructions.
*You will need to activate your RIT email account as soon as possible, using the instructions provided by RIT to the personal email address you used when you first applied.
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. Email email@example.com after the cool-off period to request access to the exam re-take.
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 May 17 - 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 complete the exam prior to June 15.
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.
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.