# Mathematics Placement Test (MPT)

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#### NOTICE for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Students:

No MPT will be administered in Fall 2020 or Winter 2021. NEW students who do not have an MPT score, or other indicator of prerequisite knowledge, will be admitted to first year courses **based on their high school math scores**. See the Course Criteria charts for more information: https://www.mun.ca/undergrad/fyi/charts/math-criteria.php.

You may see an MPT or MPT Self-Assessment Tool show up in your Brightspace courses. This is a tool for new students to help them decide if they are in the best course. Please read the announcements in the course shell for more information.

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### FAQ

- What is the MPT?
- Who should write the MPT?
- Do international students have to take the MPT?
- When is the MPT offered?
- Can I re-take the MPT?
- How do I register for the MPT?
- Can I register for my math course before I write the MPT?
- What score do I need to get on the MPT?
- What material does the MPT test?
- Can you provide me with study materials?
- What materials should I bring to when I write the MPT?
- What if I fail my MPT?
- How will I get my MPT result?
- 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 license is acceptable. Online students registered in MATH 1MPT-081 must present both a MUN student ID and a piece of government issued photo ID. **** The MPT may be written only once ^{1}.**

#### What is the MPT?

The MPT (Math Placement Test) is a two hour 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. Students have 2hrs to complete the test.

**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 license is acceptable. Online students registered in MATH 1MPT-081 must present both a MUN student ID and a piece of government issued photo ID.**

#### Who should take the MPT?

If you want to take an entry level math course at Memorial then you need to demonstrate that you meet the prerequisite requirements. There are different ways to do this, as described in the First Year Courses section. The MPT is one such way, but is recognized only by Memorial University. The MPT will be of use to students who want to take an entry level math or statistics course at Memorial, and who

- have passed Math 3200 (NL high school), but did not get the required 75% for entry to MATH 1000,

**OR** - students with no standardized test score to demonstrate mathematics proficiency.

Again, students should review the information on first year math courses to determine whether or not they need to write the MPT.

Students who have Math 3201 from a NL high school will **not** be permitted to write the MPT for entry into Math 1090. Such students' prerequisite knowledge will be evaluated based on their 3201 score.

#### Do international students have to take the MPT?

International students may find it more convenient to take the College Board subject test in mathematics, level 1, (SATMI) for a number of reasons:

- 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. If you are exhausted from traveling when you arrive you will under-perform on the MPT.
- The SATMI may be written before you commit to moving from your home country. You can know before you leave home which math courses you will qualify to take, and thus which faculties and programs you can be admitted to. You don't want to relocate only to find out after you get here that you don't qualify for the program you want to take.
- The SATMI may be written more than once. If you don't make the required score for the course you need for your desired program, you can improve your skills and re-take the test.

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 |
Required SATMII Score* |

Math 1050 or 1051 | 550 | 500 |

Math 1090 | 600 | 550 |

Math 1000 | 700 | 650 |

^{ *Memorial currently does not enter SATMII test scores on our registration system. If you have submitted an SATMII test score you must also notify mathugrad@mun.ca and request that a prerequisite override be entered on your account based on your SATMII score.}

#### 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 by taking an external course or through other means, 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. Note that MATH 1MPT is listed at the bottom of the list of math courses. **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*), and you will not be taking courses at the St. John's campus in the same semester, 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 any classes at one of our campuses must write an MPT scheduled to be written at that campus. You must be a genuine distance student to take the distance MPT.**

*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 to Calculus at MUN

Course | Required MPT Score |

MATH 1000 | 75% |

MATH 1090 | 55% |

MATH 1050 | 50% |

MATH 1051 | 50% |

#### What material does the MPT test?

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

- Synopsis and Examples Representative of the Math Placement Test
- Answers for Examples in the Synopsis of the Math Placement Test
- Sample MPT (answer key will not be provided*)

*It is assumed that you have already learned how to answer all the questions on the MPT through your grade 4 - 12 schooling. The purpose of the MPT isn't to test knowledge, but *proficiency*. You need to be proficient in arithmetic, algebra, and trigonometry to keep pace with the mathematics demonstrated in your lectures. If you do not know how to check your answers on the sample test, then you should consider upgrading your high school mathematics before taking a university level mathematics course.

#### Can you provide me with study materials?

The MPT is not a test of knowledge, but of proficiency. It's expected that you have seen all this material before, and understand how to do the exercises. The MPT evaluates the level of your fluency. We do not expect students to study a particular text to prepare for this test. Years of learning mathematics should have prepared you for this. The Mathematics and Statistics Department does not endorse any particular resource for preparation. We provide a sample test (on this page) and from that you can identify if there are any particular weaknesses you want to work on before you take the test. The internet is a great source of practice problems.

#### 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. Scrap paper is provided.

#### 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:** Beginning in Fall 2017, if you score between 50% and 54%, inclusive, you can appeal to the Undergraduate Program Officer for permission to register for MATH 109A/B.

**Option 2:** Obtain an SATMI score (discussed elsewhere on this page).

**Option 3:** Upgrade your math skills at another institution either before or concurrently with your studies at Memorial.

#### How will I get my MPT result?

Within 24hrs of the writing of a **regularly scheduled** MPT, your score will be emailed to your @mun.ca address. If you write with the Blundon Centre please allow 48hrs to receive the email. If you write the test online, your score is given when you finished the test.

#### 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 specific 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 | 75 | 50 | NOT ELIGIBLE |

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

_{**Enrollment not guaranteed in first semester. You must consult the Program Officer in Mathematics & Statistics. }