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?
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. Some departments still require a math placement exam score to determine proper placement.
What is my login name and password?
Your login name and password is the same as your RIT computer account. You should have received this information via email when you paid your admissions deposit and initiated your account at start.rit.edu.
If you have not yet established your account or if you forgot your login information, then you may contact the ITS Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585)475-4357.
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.
Is there a practice exam?
Once you are registered, you will have the opportunity to take a brief trial quiz. This quiz will provide you a chance to become familiar with the interface. To prepare for the MPE, the School of Mathematical Sciences recommends that you review your high school notes or review the many tutorials available.
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.
How long will the exam take?
When you have completed the exam, you must hit the "Grade" button at the top of the testing screen. Without doing so, your grade will not be recorded. After hitting the "Grade" button, you will be shown your results.
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.
Whom should I contact if I have more questions?
For more information please contact your home department or e-mail the School of Mathematical Sciences at email@example.com.