Mathematics Placement Test (MPT)

Notices

Next MPT :  Thursday, January 5th, 2017; 7:00pm-9:00pm
CRN 65506 in A-1043
CRN 65663 in A-1046
For information on how to register for one of these sections, see FAQ below.

FAQ

  1. What is the MPT?
  2. When is the MPT offered?
  3. Can I re-take the MPT?
  4. How do I register for the MPT?
  5. Can I register for my math course before I write the MPT?
  6. What score do I need to get on the MPT?
  7. What material does the MPT test?
  8. What materials should I bring to when I write the MPT?
  9. What if I fail my MPT?
  10. How will I get my MPT result?
  11. I'm going to be too exhausted to write by the time I get to St. John's! Can I write the MPT before I leave home?
  12. Exemption Policy [NL Schools Only]

 


The use of a calculator is neither required nor permitted on the MPT.

You must present a photo ID when you write the MPT. A Memorial University student ID or valid driver's licence is acceptable.

The MPT may be written only once1.


 

What is the MPT?

The MPT (Math Placement Test) is a diagnostic of basic skills in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. It has been carefully designed by mathematics educators to measure levels of competence in specific core areas of mathematics covered in grade school -- arithmetic of integers, rational numbers, and reals, algebraic expressions, trigonometry, basic geometry, and simple functions. The test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, in 20 topics/areas, broken down into five questions each.  Your MPT score is used to determine the math courses for which you have the prerequisite knowledge to succeed.

The use of a calculator is neither required nor permitted on the MPT.

You must present a photo ID when you write the MPT.  A Memorial University student ID or valid driver's licence is acceptable. 

 

When is the MPT offered?

The MPT is administered the day before the start of classes in the fall, and on the first day of classes in winter and spring.  Distance students have a two-week window of time in which to take the test prior to the start of classes.

 

Can I re-take the MPT?

Under usual circumstances, the MPT may be written only once. If a significant amount of time has passed (6 or more years) or you have upgraded your math skills, you may contact the Program Officer to discuss the possibility of retaking the test.

How do I register for the MPT?

You register for the MPT as you would a regular course, using the course number "MATH 1MPT". You may check the course offerings posted by the Office of the Registrar to see the specific time and place for each section of MATH 1MPT.  Once you have registered, you can view the course information for MATH 1MPT on your Self-Service to see the date, time, and location of your Math Placement Test.

If you are registered for an online section of a math course (MATH 1000-081*, or MATH 1090-081*), you may register for the online MPT: MATH 1MPT-081*. Note that the online MPT may have a single date listed on the self-service system, but once you register you will receive instructions on how to schedule your personal date and time. Students registering for classes at one of our campuses must write an MPT scheduled to be written at that campus.
*Online sections are numbered 081, 082, or 083.

If you are a student with a disability who requires an academic accommodation to write the MPT (e.g., large print or extended time), please contact the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre, Office of Student Affairs and Services, to discuss your request.

 

Can I register for my math course before I write my MPT?

Yes, you may.  Once registered for MATH 1MPT, the system will allow you to register for MATH 1090, MATH 1050, or MATH 1051. If you also have "advanced math" on your record, as assessed by the Office of the Registrar from your high school records, you may register for MATH 1000.  If you can't see your high school records on your Self-Service, and you know they have been submitted to the University, you should contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance.


What score do I need to get on the MPT?

MATH 1000 & 1090: entry requirements flowchart

MATH 1050 & 1051:
Students must have grade 12 academic math, and a Math Placement Test score or registration. Students with at least 50% on the MPT are permitted to register online for these courses. Students with less than 50% on the MPT must contact the Mathematics and Statistics Program Officer to gain entry to these courses. Students who don't have an MPT score may register first for MATH 1MPT, and then may add either of these courses on self-service.  

What material does the MPT test?

The following .pdfs explain what you will encounter on your MPT:

 

What materials should I bring to when I write the MPT?

Bring a pencil, a back-up pencil, a good eraser, and either your MUN student ID card, or a piece of government issued photo ID.  Calculators are not permitted.

 

What if I fail my MPT?

If you do not obtain the required mark for a Math & Stats course, here are some options that are open to you:

Option 1:  For FALL 2016 registration, if you need a Math & Stats course for your intended degree and you have grade 12 academic or advanced math, you may register for MATH 1090 (Extended), a two-semester version of MATH 1090. 

Option 2: Obtain an SATMI score (see below).

Option 3: If you show significant mathematics skills development in some other way (perhaps college courses or high school upgrades) you may appeal to the undergraduate Program Officer in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to re-write the MPT.

 

How will I get my MPT result?

Within 24hrs of the writing of a regularly scheduled MPT, the results will be posted here in a linked .pdf, using the last four digits of a student's ID number.  Since this digit series need not be unique, student's should check to see that their last four digits appear only once in the list.  Otherwise, you will have to contact mathugrad@mun.ca to know which score is yours. 

One to two weeks after the test is written,  MPT scores will be e-mailed to students using their @mun.ca address, and removed from this page.

I'm going to be too exhausted to write by the time I get to St. John's! Can I write the MPT before I leave home?

The scheduling of the MPT is not ideal for students traveling from afar and arriving in St. John's at the start of the term. The College Board offers a subject test in mathematics (level 1), which may be used in place of the MPT. The College Board is not affiliated with Memorial, and the subject tests are not facilitated by the Department of Mathematics. Students wishing to write this test must make their own arrangements. The required scores are shown below. You must ensure that your SATMI score is submitted to the Registrar's Office in time to be processed and entered into your record in time for the start of the semester.

MUN Math Course Required SATMI Score
Math 1050 or 1051 550
Math 1090 600
Math 1000 700

 

Exemption Policy [NL Schools Only]

In 2014, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Education, began correlating passing grades in MATH 1000, 1090, 1050 and 1051 with specific grades in the public exam high school courses MATH 3200 (advanced math) and MATH 3201 (academic math). Thus, we are able to offer MPT exemptions to students who have taken these NL courses, as outlined in the table below. 

Note: If at time of registration public exam marks have not been released, then register for the MPT as outlined in the above section.  If after marks are submitted to the Registrar's office you satisfy the exemption criteria, you may then drop MATH 1MPT.

 MUN Math Course: MATH 1000 MATH 1090 MATH 1050 or 1051 MATH 2050
Required MATH 3200 score:* 75 50 50 75
Required MATH 3201 score*: NOT ELIGIBLE TBA** 60 NOT ELIGIBLE

*Required scores are re-evaluated annually and may change to reflect the most recent data.

**The exemption score for MATH 1090 will be raised for students beginning studies in fall 2017.  Note that students with 65%-75% in academic mathematics have not been found to be well prepared for MATH 1090. In general, academic math does not provide adequate preparation for MATH 1000.  Students who want to do Business, Pharmacy, Engineering, Science, and any other program requiring MATH 1000 should take advanced math in high school. 

 

 

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