Calculus Placement Test (CPT)

  1. General Information
  2. Registration
  3. Sample
  4. Grading
  5. Options After the CPT
  6. Results


The next CPT will take place on Saturday, June 6th, 2020.

As of October 2019, the CPT will no longer be offered at the start of the winter semester.  There will be just two offerings of the CPT per year.  We will continue to offer the CPT at multiple locations around the province on the first Saturday in June, and at the St. John's and Grenfell campuses at the start of the fall semester. 

General Information

For students who have completed high school Math 3208 or a similar calculus course (Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Higher Level) the department administers a test of differential calculus called the Calculus Placement Test (CPT). It may be written only once by each student.  If you have taken a course other than Math 3208 then you must apply for permission to take the test.  You can do this by sending an email to, with a detailed outline of the calculus course you have completed.  You may not write the CPT if you have taken Math 1000 or Math 1090 at Memorial.

For the 2019-20 academic year, the test will be administered on:

Wednesday September 4, 2019, 6:30PM-8:30PM (NDT)

Saturday June 6, 2020, 10:00AM-12:00PM (NDT)

If a student obtains a passing grade (50% or above) in the CPT, then credit for MATH 1000 will be awarded, and the student may register for MATH 1001.  Students are permitted to take MATH 1000 even if they have passed the CPT.

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

You must be a Memorial University student to get university credit based on your CPT result.  That is, the CPT is a Memorial exam, and recognized only by Memorial University. The College Board Calculus AB exam may allow you to obtain credit for the equivalent course at another institution.

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




June CPT Registration

The June CPT registration form will be active for the month of March each year, linked here:

CPT Registration Page [open March 1 - March 31]

To register for the September CPT, add MATH 1CPT when you register for your fall semester courses on Self-Service.

 If you have not completed MATH 3208 you must contact to obtain permission to write the CPT.



To assist you in preparing for the CPT, you may download the following PDF file:



Students will receive a letter grade on the CPT. We will not release percentage grades, and you will not be given access to your exam paper. Please consult the table below to interpret your result:

Recommendation going forward:
AMATH 1001 (you may take MATH 1000)
BMATH 1001 (you may take MATH 1000)
CMATH 1000 or MATH 1001*
DMATH 1000

MATH 1000 or MATH 1090**

*1000 if your program will require more math, or you want to maintain scholarship standing.
** If your high school mathematics 3200 score is less than 75% and you score under 75% on the MPT then you should do MATH 1090.


Options After the CPT

If you do not obtain the required mark on the Calculus Placement Test and, consequently, do not receive credit for MATH 1000, you can register for MATH 1000 if you had a score of 75 or more in Math 3200 or 3205. If you did not obtain at least 75 in 3200 or 3205 (these courses specifically), you can qualify for MATH 1000 by scoring more than 75 on the MPT in September. 



June results will be emailed to your account approximately four weeks after the date of the test.  September results will be emailed to your account 5-7 days after the test is written. Note that the CPT will no longer be offered in January.




Mathematics and Statistics

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000