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.
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
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.
Student Name: John Smith
RIT ID: 123004567
You may change your password after logging in.
*If you experience difficulties logging in, please contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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. 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.
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.