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#### 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 calculuators 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 **current students** is currently open. Please click on "contact us" below for instructions and placement score rules.

#### 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.

MPE Score | Course Placement | Course Title | Note |
---|---|---|---|

Below 40% | MATH-101 | College Algebra | Students may not take and receive credit for both MATH-111 and MATH-101 |

At least 40% | MATH-111 | Precalculus | Students may not take and receive credit for both MATH-111 and MATH-101 |

At least 40% | MATH-131 | Discrete Mathematics | |

At least 40% | STAT-145 | Introduction to Statistics I | |

At least 50% | MATH-161 | Applied Calculus | |

At least 55% | MATH-171 | Calculus A | |

At least 65% | MATH-181A | Calculus I | |

At least 75% | MATH-181 | Project-Based Calculus I |

## Exam info

Instructions and a link to the online exam will be sent by email.

## FAQs

Will my SAT or ACT scores suffice for math placement?

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

I took the AP exam. Do I still take the MPE?

Yes, you are still required to take the math placement exam. 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.

I took a math class at another university. Do I take the MPE?

Yes, you should still plan on taking the MPE. 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.

When do I take the MPE?

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.

Are calculators allowed?

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.

What if I don't pass?

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 MPE, 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.

Will the MPE affect my GPA?

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.

What if I don't take the 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.