Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Dept. 3036, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-3036
Phone: 307-766-4221
Fax: 307-766-6838
The Math Placement Exam, simply put, is a tool to satisfy the prerequisite requirement of a math course for which you are otherwise not eligible to take due to prerequisite requirements. It is a way to demonstrate proficiency of that material, enabling you to move on to a higher level math course.
You may use this test to place into math courses that either your ACT, SAT, or AP scores do not support, to demonstrate proficiency in a course that you did not receive a "C" or better in, or to demonstrate proficiency in a subject that a transfer credit from another college was not accepted here at UW. Courses that you may use the MPE to test out of include the following: Math 900, Math 0921, Math 0925, Math 1000, Math 1400, Math 1405, or Math 1450 (unless otherwise stated in degree requirements).
If you are transferring math course(s) from another college, and they are accepted for transfer credit here at UW, and this course meets the prerequisite of a course you wish to take, then you would not need to take the placement test and can safely disregard the Math Placement Test item on your incoming student check list. (The check list is created, often times, before your transfer transcripts have been received and loaded.)
All incoming freshmen and transfer students will be required to take the MPE unless you qualify for one of the following exemptions:
If one of these exemptions applies to you, then you may safely disregard the incoming student "Check List" item. This will be removed from your checklist automatically after your transcripts or other qualifying score has been loaded to your student profile.
Each UW graduate will be required to take a minimum of one college level math course before graduating. You should discuss which course will meet your degree requirements with your academic advisor.
Prerequisite is a term for "You have to take this, before you can take that". Prerequisites are common in math course work and help to identify the path necessary to get from point A to point Z.
Course prerequisites are identified in the course description and are part of the course catalog description. We have also created an easy to follow reference card, below, for most of the common math courses for incoming students.
Course Number | Course Title | MPE Cut Score | MPE Level | ACT Math | SAT |
900 | Pre-Algebra | 0-15 | 0 | <21 | ≥ 600 |
921 | Algebra 1 (PREQ Math 0900) | 16-29 | 1 | 21 | ≥ 600 |
925 | Algebra 2 (PREQ Math 0921) | 30-45 | 2 | 21 | ≥ 600 |
1000 | Problem Solving (PREQ Math 0921) | 30-45 | 2 | 21 | ≥ 600 |
1100 | Number and Operations for Elementary School Teachers (PREQ Math 0921) | 30-45 | 2 | 21 | ≥ 600 |
1123 | Math, Music and Acoustics (PREQ Math 0921 AND MUSC 1030) | 30-45 | 2 | 21 | ≥ 600 |
1400 | College Algebra (PREQ Math 0925) | 46-60 | 3 | 23 | ≥ 600 |
1405 | Trigonometry (PREQ Math 1400) | 61-80 | 4 | 25 | ≥ 600 |
1450 | Algebra and Trigonometry (PREQ Math 0925) | 46-80 | 3 | 23 | ≥ 600 |
2200 | Calculus I (PREQ Math 1405 or Math 1450) | 81-100 | 5 | 27 | ≥ 600 |
2350 | Business Calculus (PREQ Math 1400 or Math 1450) | 61-75 | 4 | 26 |
≥ 600 |
2355 | Math Applications for Business (PREQ Math 1400 or Math 1450) | 61-75 | 4 | 26 |
≥ 600 |
"Q" USP requirement satisfied without taking a math/stats class | 4 | ≥26 |
≥ 600 |
Please read the information and instructions carefully:
TESTING INSTRUCTIONS:
The following rules apply to the Math Placement Exam:
About the exam:
After the assessment is complete:
Guided Learning and re-take opportunities:
If you are not happy with your initial assessment score you may use the guided learning opportunity included with your assessment pack purchase. To access the guided learning and re-take option you simply need to log back into the ALEKS account you created when you took your first assessment.
Based on your assessment score, you may select one of the tutoring modules recommended, see chart below. Once you have completed the required in product tutoring you may use one of your re-takes.
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, 2355; Stat 2050, 2070 |
Prep for Calculus |
Math 2200 |
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Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Dept. 3036, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-3036
Phone: 307-766-4221
Fax: 307-766-6838