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 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  

Instructions for Incoming Freshmen

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. The exam deadline is June 30, 2020. Be sure to take the exam seriously, as it will affect your course schedule for the first 1-2 years at RIT. Complete the exam as soon as possible; your academic advisor is waiting for your score!

NOTE: BFA degrees are not required to take the Math Placement Exam.

To log-in to take the MPE, click here. Your username is your *RIT email address (use @rit.edu, NOT @g.rit.edu). Your password is the first two letters of your last name followed by the last four digits of your RIT University ID number. The password is case sensitive, be sure to capitalize the first letter.

EXAMPLE:
Student Name: John Smith
RIT ID: 123004567
Password: Sm4567

You may change your password after logging in.

*If you experience difficulties logging in, please contact examasst@rit.edu for assistance.

Once logged in, the exam can be found in the course titled “RIT Math Placement Exam, Fall 2020”. The exam is under “My Assignments” entitled “RIT Math Placement Exam”.

Timed exam: 90 minutes, It CANNOT be paused! Once you begin the exam, you will have a total of 90 minutes; the timer will not stop if you close your web browser.

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 examasst@rit.edu to verify your extended time is set up. Beginning the exam without proper extended time setup will not warrant an exam re-take.

The use of calculators, textbooks, or other outside materials are NOT PERMITTED.

You have the option to re-take the exam once, if you would like to attempt to improve your score. It is highly recommended that use the built-in remediation to review concepts and that you wait at least 72-hours before re-taking the exam.

If you have any questions, please contact examasst@rit.edu.

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.

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.

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

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.