Mathematics Placement

A student’s success in university mathematics depends on their background and level of mathematics skills. Eligibility for registration in a first-year mathematics course depends upon the highest level of mathematics completed in high school, the grade earned in that course, and the results of one of the following standardized tests:

  • Calculus Placement Test (CPT)
  • Mathematics Placement Test (MPT)
  • College Board® Advanced Placement® (AP®) AB and BC exams
  • International Baccalaureate® (IB®) Mathematics Higher Level (HL) exam
  • College Board® Subject Test® in Mathematics Level I (SATMI).

There may be other standardized programs and examinations outside of Canada that may also be used to determine appropriate placement.

What is the CPT?

  • The CPT is an examination of a student’s knowledge of differential calculus. A sample exam will be circulated in April or May to all students taking Mathematics 3208.

What is the MPT?

  • The MPT is an assessment of basic skills in mathematics designed to measure levels of competence in specific core areas − addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of numbers, fractions, and algebraic expressions. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, broken down into five questions each in 20 topics/areas.

Note: The use of a calculator is neither required nor permitted on the MPT and the CPT. Further, no calculators are permitted for use in the calculus sequence, including pre-calculus (Mathematics 1090, 1000, 1001 or 2000).

Who should write the CPT?

  • The calculus placement test may be written by students in Newfoundland and Labrador who are currently completing Mathematics 3208, and out of province students who are currently completing a calculus-based course in mathematics.
  • Students who pass the test with a score of at least 50 per cent will be awarded credit for Mathematics 1000.

Who should write the MPT?

  • Students who intend to register for any mathematics course at the St. John’s Campus or Mathematics 1000 at Grenfell Campus may write the MPT in June or September.
  • Students who fail the CPT in June, and who do not achieve at least 75 per cent in Mathematics 3200 or 3205, may write the MPT in September.
  • Students interested in applying to nursing need to pass the MPT or complete Mathematics 102N.

When are the MPT and CPT?

  • The MPT and CPT are both being offered on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 31 sites in Newfoundland and Labrador. High school students in the province are strongly encouraged to write one of the tests at this time.
  • The MPT and CPT will be administered on the day before classes begin in the fall semester.
  • In winter semester, the MPT and CPT are offered on the first day of classes. There is also a writing of the MPT on Nov. 25, 2014.
  • In spring semester, the MPT is offered on the first day of classes at the St. John’s Campus.

How do I register for the MPT and CPT?

  • For the tests that are administered on the first Saturday in June, please visit the June MPT/CPT Registration website,
  • There will be two separate registration pages for the MPT and CPT. Students should be careful to select the appropriate page.
  • The registration form will be active from April 14 – May 18.
  • Except for the writing of the MPT and CPT on the first Saturday in June, students register for the test as they would a regular course, and they must register for the MPT (Mathematics 1MPT) or CPT (Mathematics 1CPT) before registering for a mathematics course. Students can check the Course Offerings posted by the Office of the Registrar,, to see the available times to write the MPT and CPT.

When will the test results be available?

  • The results will be posted about 3 weeks after the test is written in June, and the next day for a test written at the beginning of a semester. Check the results at: or cpt

What score do students need to achieve?

  • The score needed depends on the mathematics course that students were recommended to select for their intended program. The Course Criteria Chart on page 118 outlines the requirements for each of the first-year courses.
  • To qualify for credit in Mathematics 1000 and access to Mathematics 1001, students need at least 50 per cent on the CPT.

What if students do not get the score they need?

Students should contact an academic advisor if they do not get the appropriate score.

Exemptions from the MPT - Students who meet one of the following criteria do not need to write the MPT:

  • Students who receive credit for Mathematics 1000 through:
    • Calculus Placement Test (CPT) (score of 50 per cent or higher)
    • AP Mathematics (score of 3 or higher).
    • IB Mathematics Higher Level (standing of 4 or higher).
    • Transfer credit by completing an equivalent course at another institution recognized by Memorial.
  • Students who achieve a standing of 4 or higher on IB Mathematics Standard are permitted to register for Mathematics 1000 without writing the MPT.
  • Students who receive a final grade of at least 75 per cent in Mathematics 3200 or 3205 will be able to register for Mathematics 1000 without writing the MPT.
  • Students who do not plan to register for a mathematics course at any point in their program do not need to write a placement test


  1. The MPT and the CPT may be written only once; therefore students must ensure they are prepared for the test at the time of writing.
  2. Students may write the SAT® Subject Test in Mathematics Level I (SATMI) as often as they wish. More information and dates can be found at

Contact information

For additional information please contact:
Harold Johnson, Undergraduate Officer
Department of Mathematics and Statistics