Math Placement Exam

Overview

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 for. Please see RIT's Academic Integrity Policy. If you took the AP Calculus AB or BC Exam, you are still required to take the MPE.

The MPE for continuing students (those who have not yet tested) and transfer students will be available from October 15, 2019 – January 9, 2020. Please reach out to examasst@rit.edu to sign up for the MPE and receive detailed instructions.

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

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

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.

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.  

The 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Please check both your RIT email and personal email account for the MPE instructions from Corinne Teravainen. The email will include the MPE link, your username, and password information for logging in.

Contact examasst@rit.edu directly if you still require assistance.