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Information about the Math Placement Exams (MPE) for the College Station campus.

Introduction

At Texas A&M University some transfer and all incoming freshmen students are required to take a Math Placement Exam (MPE). The Math Placement Exam is a 90 minute, multiple-choice examination used to assess a student's math skills. This is an important tool to help your advisor determine which mathematics course you should take. Because of the large number of introductory mathematics courses at Texas A&M, there are two placement exams. The MPE that each student takes is dependent upon his or her major and the MPE system is configured so most students are automatically directed to the appropriate MPE. Students are not permitted to use calculators or other aids on the exam.

Requirements for Freshman Students

All incoming freshmen are required to complete the MPE. Students enrolling in the College of Engineering and the College of Science will take the MPE on Day 2 of their NSC. Students in these two colleges may take 2 practice exams prior to their NSC and are encouraged to do so. The scores earned on the practice exams will not be used for math course placement purposes.

All other students should take the MPE online at least 24 hours before to attending their NSC. These students can take the MPE a total of three times but there is a two-week waiting period between attempts. Students will be able to see their MPE scores under the My Test Scores tab in AIS or at the Test Scores link on the My Record tab in Howdy. These students will want to make sure the MPE scores are posted prior to coming to NSC.

Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students do not have to take the MPE unless they are planning to take MATH 151, 171, 147, or 142 at Texas A&M. For students who plan to take MATH 151, 171, or 147, a prerequisite restriction will prevent you from enrolling in these courses unless you have credit for MATH 150 at Texas A&M University or an approprite score on the MPE. For students who plan to take MATH 142, you must have credit for MATH 140 or an appropriate score on the MPE to register for the course. Please check with your Texas A&M advisor to determine if you must take the MPE before enrolling.

Accessing the MPE

To take the MPE, log into howdy.tamu.edu then go to the Applicant tab and follow the instructions for the Math Placement Exam.

Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Reasonable testing accommodations are provided to allow students with documented disabilities an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.  In order to receive accommodations for the MPE, the student must submit disability documentation and their specific accommodation requests at least two weeks prior to the preferred testing date.  Please contact Disability Services at (979) 845-1637 or visit http://disability.tamu.edu  


Placement Practice Tests

You can take a practice test. It is very much like the actual test except there are no multiple choice answers. A link to the problem solutions are given with links to obtain more information on the topic. Calculators are not permitted. The use of a calculator will possibly distort your results. Note that many colleges do not permit the use of graphing calculators in any mathematics courses.

Math 147/151/171 bound students (MPE1)

Math 131/140/141/142/166/167 bound students (MPE2)


FAQs for MPE

Q: I took dual credit courses in high schoool. Do I still need to take the MPE?
A: All incoming freshmen, regardless of high school coursework, are required to take the MPE.

Q: I took AP Calculus in high schoool. Do I still need to take the MPE?
A: All incoming freshmen, regardless of high school coursework, are required to take the MPE.

Q: I am an incoming freshman, where do I go to take the MPE?
A: Students enrolling in the College of Engineering and the College of Science will take the MPE on Day 2 of their NSC. But they can take practice exams by logging into howdy.tamu.edu and clicking on the Math Placement Exams link on the Applicant tab.

Studnets not in the College of Engineering or College of Science take the MPE online at any location that has an internet connection at least 24 hours prior to their NSC. These students will access the MPE by logging into howdy.tamu.edu and clicking on the Math Placement Exams link on the Applicant tab.

Q: Where can I find my MPE score?
A: It will take 24 hours for your score to appear in Howdy. To access your score, go to the My Record tab in Howdy and click on the “Test Scores” link that is located in the Grades and Transcripts section. Your MPE score will be displayed on the screen.

Q: What is MPE1 and MPE2?
A: MPE1 is the math placement exam for students who need to take Math 151, Math 171, or Math 147. MPE2 is the math placement exam for students who need to take Math 140, 141, Math 131, Math 166, or Math 142.

Q: I lost Internet access in the middle of my exam. How can I finish the exam?
A: Email your fullname and UIN to mathassessment@math.tamu.edu and someone will help you within 1 working day.

Q: I need to take the MPE but I don’t have the applicant tab in Howdy. What do I need to do?
A: If you just accepted your application to TAMU you should wait 24 hours for the system to update. The applicant tab will show up once your acceptance has been fully processed.

Q: I am a transfer student who has already completed my math requirements. Do I still have to take the MPE?
A: If you still have Math 142, 151, 147, or 171 to take at TAMU, then you do have to take the MPE. If your math requirements are already fulfilled at the time of transfer, then you do not need to take the MPE.

Q: Can I retake the MPE?
A: For students not in the College of Engineering or College of Science, the MPE can be taken a total of 3 times, but there is a two-week waiting period (14 days) between attempts.

For students in the College of Engineering or College of Science, the MPE can be retaken on the TAMU campus during howdy week.

Q: I have accepted my admission and I went online to take my MPE and it says I am not eligible at this time. I have already signed up for my NSC at this time. What do I need to do to be able to take the MPE?
A: The systems loads all data and creates the appropriate permissions to take the MPE overnight. So, try taking the MPE the day after you sign up for the NSC and you will likely be able to take the exam.