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Math Placement Testing

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THE UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT

MATH PLACEMENT TEST

USES ALEKS PPL For PLACEMENT, PREPARATION AND LEARNING

 

Math Placement Exam

What is the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?


The Math Placement Exam is an assessment tool to determine a student’s math skill level and is an important tool to help your advisor determine which mathematics course you should take. 

Requirements for ALL Freshman and Transfer Students:

All incoming freshmen and transfer students will be required to take the MPE. Students coming to the University of Wyoming may be exempted from this requirement if one of the following applies:

  • The student took a college level math course, while in high school, via a dual enrollment program and the course will be accepted for transfer credit by the University of Wyoming and the student received a grade of “C” or better; or
  • The student took a college level math course and the course will be accepted for transfer credit by the University of Wyoming and the student received a grade of “C” or better; or
  • The student has taken AP Calculus and has taken one of either the AB or BC exam and received a score of 3 or higher; or
  • The student took International Baccalaureate (IB) and received a score of 4 or higher on the examination. 

Please use the Quick Reference chart to determine the necessary score for most math courses.  
Prereq Table

OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND PROGRAMS USE THIS ASSESSMENT SCORE TOO!

Even if you don't plan to take a math course here at UW you may need this score to be eligible to declare certain majors/minors or register for other department courses. Some of the departments that use this score to determine program eligibility or course prerequisite are Education, Nursing, Business, Chemistry, Biology and Statistics. 

 

 

 

THIS IS IMPORTANT!

You should take this seriously, your academic future could rest on your MPE score.

You should study, refresh your math skills before taking this assessment.

Study Guides and other resources to help you prepare for the the placement exam:

THE ALEKS PPL ASSESSMENT TEST PACK  COST $15.00, AND INCLUDES 1 INITIAL ASSESSMENT, GUIDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES AND UP TO 4 RE-TAKE ASSESSMENTS.  

FIRST STEP: CLICK THE BUTTON TO PAY FOR YOUR ASSESSMENT TEST, AND SET-UP YOUR UW ALEKS ASSESSMENT ACCOUNT! 

When setting up your new UW ALEKS account please select: 

I have never used ALEKS

√  Purchase access online

About your school information: University of Wyoming-Laramie

ALEKS Link

TESTING INSTRUCTIONS:

           

The following rules apply to the Math Placement Exam:

  • This is a web based application and you may use any web connected device such as iPad, iPhone, PC or MAC computer.
  • Calculators are not permitted.
  • Exam must be taken before you attend your New Student Orientation, if applicable.
  • Exam must be completed before registering for any math course unless one of the qualified exemptions, mentioned above, applies to you.

 

About the exam:

  • The exam should take between 60-90 minutes to complete; and you will have up to 24 hours to complete the exam once you begin it, so take your time; take a break if you needed.  
  • You do not have to use any of the re-take/guided learning opportunities if you are satisfied with your initial score.
  • We accept the highest score of any attempt or retake.

After the assessment is complete: 

  • You will receive your score as soon as you are done with the assessment.
  • Your score will be automatically sent to UW and will be loaded to your WyoWeb/Student Records/Test Scores Tab.(This can take up to 48 hours to load, please be patient)
  • Once the score has been loaded you may register for the appropriate course on WyoWeb, in the normal way.
  • If you are happy with your score you do not need to do anything more.

However, if you are not happy with your score you may use the guided learning opportunity included with your assessment pack purchase to re-take the assessment up to 4 additional times.

  • You must wait a minimum of 48-hours between the initial assessment and each re-take, AND.
  • You must complete the minimum number of hours of guided learning required by each re-take.
  • We accept the highest score of any assessment test, it cant hurt you to try.

Guided learning and re-takes: 

The table below will assist you in selecting the right guided learning for your goal:

Choose…

… to get into

Prep for Beginning   Algebra

Math 0921

Prep for Intermediate   Algebra

Math 0925, 1000, 1100,   1123

Prep for College Algebra

Math 1400, 1450

Prep for Pre-Calculus

Math 1405, 2350; Stat   2050, 2070

Prep for Calculus

Math 2200

 

Cut Scores necessary for common math courses and their MPE equivalent: 

Course Number

Course Title

  ALEKS SCORE

      MPE Level

Math 0900

Pre-Algebra

0-15

0

Math 0921

Algebra 1

16-29

1

Math 0925

Algebra 2

30-45

2

Math 1000

Problem Solving

30-45

2

Math 1100

Number and Operations for   Elementary School Teachers

30-45

2

Math 1123

Math, Music and Acoustics

30-45

2

Math 1400

College Algebra

46-60

3

Math 1405

Trigonometry

61-75

4

Math 1450

Algebra and Trigonometry

46-60

3

Math 2200

Calculus I

76-100

5

Math 2350

Business Calculus

61-75

4

Stat 2000/2050/2070

 

61-75

4

 

ALEKS Link

For further information regarding the Math Placement Exam, prerequisites or to schedule an appointment to take the Math Placement Exam contact:

 Leslie Roan, Undergraduate Coordinator, Ross Hall Rm. 202. lroan@uwyo.edu  307-766-4221. 


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