Mathematics Placement Test (MPT)

  1. General Information
  2. Registration
  3. Course Requirements
  4. Synopsis and Sample Test
  5. What if I fail my MPT?
  6. Results
  7. Out of Province Students
  8. Exemption Policy


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.


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 once1, 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 (see below).

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. 

1Under usual circumstances, the MPT may be written only once. If a significant amount of time has passed (6 or more years), you may contact the Program Officer to discuss the possibility of retaking the test.



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 from your high school records, you may register for MATH 1000. 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). Once you have registered for MATH 1MPT, you can view the course information for MATH 1MPT 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.

Course Requirements

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.  

Synopsis and Sample Test

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

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.


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 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.



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 to know which score is yours.

One to two weeks after the test is written,  MPT scores will appear in students' Self-Service record under Test Scores, listed as a Math Skills Inventory (MSI) score.   Once the scores are available through the Self-Service system,  they will no longer be posted on this page. 

Update:  Scores are posted in students' Self-Service record under Test Scores, listed as a Math Skills Inventory (MSI) score

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


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 65** 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.