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Mathematics Placement Test (MPT)

1. General Information
2. Course Requirements
3. Out of Province Students
4. Registration
5. Synopsis
6. Options After the MPT
7. Results
8. Exemption Policy


General Information

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics administers a diagnostic of basic skills in mathematics called the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT). It may be written only once, and is offered at the start of each semester (the day before the start of classes in the fall, and on the first day of classes in winter and spring). Students who wrote public examinations for the Newfoundland and Labrador courses MATH 3201 (academic) or MATH 3200 (advanced) should view our exemption policy. Students looking for an alternative to the MPT may write the College Board SATMI (level 1 mathematics) subject test.

The MPT 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. A synopsis of the exam is available below.

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.

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. 


Course Requirements

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics courses which require an MPT score are outlined in Math_Course_Criteria.pdf.


Out of Province Students

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



You register for the MPT as you would a regular course. Once registered for MATH 1MPT, you may 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, you may register for MATH 1000, MATH 2050, or STAT 1510. If you check the Course Offerings posted by the Office of the Registrar you will see the available times to write the MPT (listed as MATH 1MPT). 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.



To assist you in preparing for the MPT, you may download the following PDF files:

* Synopsis and Examples Representative of the Math Placement Test
* Answers for Examples in the Synopsis of the Math Placement Test

Please note that the examples given in these files are illustrative of concepts covered, but questions on the test may be more complex. The review sections and chapter quizzes from most standard high school algebra and trigonometry texts would also reflect the material tested.


Options After the MPT

If you do not obtain the required mark on the Mathematics Placement Test and, consequently, do not meet the prerequisites for MATH 1000, 1050, 1051 or 1090, here are some options that are open to you.

Option 1:  If you need this course for your intended degree, you can upgrade your mathematics skills through the Mathematics Skills Program (MATH 102F). You should be aware that students with MPT scores of less than 50 most often require two (possibly three) semesters of upgrading to reach the required MATH 104F standard for admission to MATH 1090. Usually one or two semesters are required for admission to MATH 1050 or 1051. Further information on the MATH 102F course can be obtained by contacting the Mathematics Learning Centre at 864-3308 or

Option 2: Obtain an SATMI score (see above section, "Out of Province Students").

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.


The results of the most recent session of the MPT will be made available here.

MPT November 30, 2015

MPT January 6, 2016

MPT January 12, 2016, and online



Exemption Policy

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 courses, as outlined in the table below.

 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 65 60 NOT ELIGIBLE

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