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 2019-20 Incoming Freshmen will be open from May 15 - June 30, 2019. Detailed instructions will be emailed to those who are required to take it.
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
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.
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.
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.