The Math Placement Exam
The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is a math assessment that most students are required to take upon entering the University. The MPE consists of 67 questions covering four main areas: arithmetic, algebra I, algebra II, and trigonometry. Testing takes place on-line before you come to Orientation. The exams are then scored, and the results are provided to you and your academic advisor for use in the registration process during the morning of your advising. The Math Placement Exam MUST be taken before coming to Orientation. Failure to do so may result in the inability to register for courses during your Orientation.
Who is required to take the Math Placement Exam?
All incoming first-year students are required to take the MPE, regardless of SAT or Advanced Placement scores that they have earned. All entering first-year students are encouraged to study accordingly to ensure the best possible placement; first-year College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences and Clark School of Engineering majors should pay particular attention to the MPE since the two colleges base math course registration solely on MPE scoring and not SAT.
All incoming transfer students should take the Math Placement Exam UNLESS one of the following conditions exists.
1. You have completed a calculus course at a previous institution with the University of Maryland equivalent of MATH140 and have received a 2.0 grade point average in that course. All students entering the School of Public Health (SPH) and College of Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSOS) are requiredto take the Math Placement Exam prior to registering for classes.
2. You are enrolled as Engineering or Business majors. All other majors must take the exam.
Transfer students requesting exemption from the MPE must provide an official or unofficial transcript as documentation of course completion on the morning of their Orientation. All other transfer students should complete the on-line Math Placement Exam.
The University of Maryland urges all transfer students to take the Math Placement Exam on-line before attending Orientation even if they have credit from another institution to ensure that the student has some sort of math placement eligibility on their transcript before attending Orientation.
Take the practice exam
The following practice MPE is provided to assist you in your preparation. Students taking the MPE are welcome to use a non-graphing calculator during testing. Additional practice questions, information, and policies that are associated with the MPE can be found at the Math Department website.
Take the Math Placement Exam
Please review the required steps to navigate the Math Placement Exam.
When you have reviewed all materials, you are ready to take the Math Placement Exam online.
The Math Placement Exam will be available starting February 27th, 2013. Taking the Math Placement Test before that date will result in your scores being invalid for Orientation and advising.