Office of Educational Assessment

MPT

Math Placement Test

The Math Placement Tests (MPT) have been created to determine whether students are ready for college level math courses and to place them into the course(s) for which they are best prepared. There are two tests (General and Advanced) to enable accurate assessment of students with varying degrees of academic preparation. Students are not expected to learn new material before taking the tests but to review what was taught in high school math courses. Sample questions give an idea of test content, and more information is provided in Frequently Asked Questions.

About the Tests

General Math Placement Test (MPT-G)

The General Math Placement Test (MPT-G) places students into first year college level mathematics courses. This test is composed of 35 three-alternative multiple-choice items and is intended for students who have less than three or four years of high school math. The MPT-G was developed to determine whether students are ready for first year college math courses; it has been mapped to the College Readiness Mathematics Standards (CRMS) 4-8 as developed by the Transition Mathematics Project (TMP):

4. Number Sense
5. Geometry
6. Probability/Statistics
7. Algebra
8. Functions

The MPT-G was also developed for students who wish to enroll in precalculus. It covers the following topics:

Algebra
Functions
Geometry
Number Sense
Probability and Statistics

Advanced Math Placement Test (MPT-A)

The Advanced Math Placement Test (MPT-A) places students into calculus. It consists of 30 three-alternative multiple-choice items and is intended for students who have taken at least three or four years of high school math, including a precalculus, calculus, and/or math analysis course. It covers the following topics:

Absolute Value and Inequalities
Basic Algebraic Operations
Exponents, Roots, and Logs
Functional Notation
Geometry
Graph Interpretation
Linear Graphs and Functions
Proportions
Quadratic Graphs and Functions
Trigonometry