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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Fall and Spring: 8 am - 5 pm

Summer Hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Ross Hall Rm. #327

Dept. 3036, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-3036

Phone: 307-766-4221

Fax: 307-766-6838

__________________________

Math Program Information

Email: gauss@uwyo.edu

__________________________

Math Placement Questions ONLY

Phone: 307-766-6831

Email: math-registration@uwyo.edu

__________________________

Statistics Program Information

Email: statistics@uwyo.edu

Math Placement Exam Access and Instructions

Before you Begin

STUDYING IS IMPORTANT!

The most common mistake students make is not studying for the Math Placement Exam (MPE). Math skills are extremely perishable and you want to be at your best for the MPE so you can place at your actual skill level.

If you place below your skill level because you did not study, you will likely be placed a course where you already know all the material. That is a lot of money to spend on a course you don't need!

If you place in a course above your skill level, you will need to learn not only the math for that course, but all the prerequisite math skills also! Please take the exam directions seriously. You are only hurting yourself if you cheat, and you are committing academic dishonesty which can have serious consequences.

Visit the Math Placement Exam Preparation page for study resources.

The MPE tests 5 different levels of math proficiency; Arithmetic, Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, and College Trigonometry. Based on the your score, you will be given prerequisites accordingly.

Exam Proctoring

Your Math Placement Exam (MPE) must be proctored to be accepted. For details on all your proctoring options visit the Math Placement Exam Proctoring page. You may take the MPE outside of an on-campus proctoring session by using the Honorlock extension with the Google Chrome browser. Honorlock costs $10 plus tax for each attempt you take on the exam.

To be counted as a proctored session you MUST follow all applicable Honorlock guidelines.  Honorlock will not tell you that you are violating a guideline while you are taking the exam.  If one of the guidelines is found violated in the review of your exam your score will not be loaded.

Testing environment

  • You are responsible for maintaining a satisfactory testing environment.  If you unsure if your location would be considered satisfactory, please ask the math placement staff prior to starting the exam.

  • You will have 2 hours to complete the exam once you begin it, but the exam takes on average between 60-90 minutes to complete; so take your time. 

  • Calculators are NOT permitted. ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator when appropriate.

  • Outside help (other people, notes, devices, etc.) are NOT permitted.  Smart devices, such as smart watches and programs such as Air Handoff are not permitted.  If you are taking the exam outside of an on-campus proctoring session it is your responsibility to find a location that is suitable to meet these expectations.

  • ALEKS PPL is a web-based application accessible from any computer that meets the system requirements, 24/7.  To see if your computer meets the requirements complete the system check.  It is your responsibility to be in a location that has dependable internet access throughout the exam.

  • If you are taking the test with Honorlock, review the Honorlock guidelines before you begin the exam.  You will not be notified if you are violating a guideline during the exam, but if found in violation upon review your score will not be loaded.

Other Testing Considerations

  • You must use Honorlock if you are taking this outside of an on-campus proctoring session. To use Honorlock, you must have Google Chrome and install the Honorlock Extension.

If you do not, will get an error message asking for a proctoring password-there is no password, install the extension and then navigate to ALEKS using Google Chrome.

  • Visit the Math Placement Exam Troubleshooting page if you have issues accessing the exam.

  • The initial exam should be taken before you attend your scheduled orientation or advising session.

  • The exam must be completed before registering for any math course unless one of the qualified exemptions, mentioned on the Math Placement page, applies to you.

  • You may retake the exam if you are not satisfied with your score. You do not have to use any of the retake/guided learning opportunities if you are satisfied with your initial score.

  • We accept the highest score of any attempt or retake.

 

Accessing the Exam

ALEKS PPL (Placement, Preparation, and Learning) is the University of Wyoming’s Math Placement Exam (MPE). This is an online exam. The ALEKS PPL test pack costs $15 plus tax, via credit/debit card and includes 1 assessment, access to guided learning modules, and up to 4 retake opportunities. Your score is good for one year, and your access lasts for one year. After one year you will have to purchase access again.

Before you start: Make sure your session will count as a proctored session.  You must be in person or follow all the Honorlock guidelines while taking the exam for it to be considered proctored.

There are a few ways you can access the MPE:

  • If you have a disability, please contact Disability Support Services or call 307-766 3073 to make the appropriate accommodations before accessing the exam.  

  • Click "Get Started Now!" and follow the instructions.

  • Go to the ALEKS website, select "Sign up" and enter course code J33FD-XTCWK.  

 

 

  ALEKS Link

 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

 

Finished with the Exam?

Visit the Math Placement page to find out when you can expect to see your results and what to do if you are not satisfied with your score.

Questions?

Visit the Math Placement Exam Troubleshooting page or contact math-registration@uwyo.edu.

 

Contact Us

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

Fall and Spring: 8 am - 5 pm

Summer Hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Ross Hall Rm. #327

Dept. 3036, 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-3036

Phone: 307-766-4221

Fax: 307-766-6838

__________________________

Math Program Information

Email: gauss@uwyo.edu

__________________________

Math Placement Questions ONLY

Phone: 307-766-6831

Email: math-registration@uwyo.edu

__________________________

Statistics Program Information

Email: statistics@uwyo.edu

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