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Mathematics Placement Exam

Exam information

Mathematics course placement

All students who plan to take MAT 0995, 1000, 1050, 1110, 1120, 1500, 1800, or 2010 as their first mathematics course at Wayne State University (WSU) must place into the course according to the policies of the WSU Department of Mathematics. To determine the best course or test to take, students should consult with an academic advisor.

ACT, SAT and the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) can be used for placement in mathematics. If there is a discrepancy between a valid MPE score and one or more valid standardized test scores, the higher placement will be used.

Course Placement Using an American College Test (ACT) Math Score or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Math Score*

ACT Math Score Old SAT Math Score New SAT Math Score Placement
29 or higher 650 or higher 670 or higher MAT 2010 or lower
26 or higher 600 or higher 620 or higher MAT 1110, 1120, 1500, 1800 or lower
21 or higher 500 or higher 530 or higher MAT 0995, 1050 or lower
18 or higher 450 or higher 490 or higher MAT 1000, STA 1020
Below 18 Below 450 Below 490
MAT 0900 or 0993 (These two courses do not require any placement to enroll.)

*The course you should choose is determined by your intended major. Please consult an academic advisor.

Restrictions to the above placements:

1. For MAT 1000 and STA 1020, the ACT or SAT Math score may not be from an exam taken more than two years prior to enrollment in the course.

2. For MAT 0995, 1050, 1110, 1120, 1500, 1800 or 2010 using an ACT or SAT Math score will be valid for three semesters from the date of your first semester of admission to WSU or two years from the date the exam was taken, whichever expires first.

3. If you have taken the ACT and/or SAT more than once, only the most recent score will be considered. If the most recent ACT and/or SAT scores were taken during the same month and year, the highest score will be used.

Course placement by WSU Mathematics Placement Examination (MPE)

Any student who does not place into a MAT course using an ACT or SAT Math score as described above must take the MPE to determine MAT course placement. Students are also welcome to take the exam if they have taken the ACT and/or SAT, if they would like to attempt to place into a higher course.

The MPE may only be taken twice. Students should enroll in the course they are placed into the first time they take the test. However, all students may take the test one additional time within six months of the first attempt. After two attempts at the examination, students must enroll in the course into which they are placed within three semesters.

MPE description

The examination consists of 55 multiple choice questions.  All students are given Part A (25 questions) and Part B (15 questions) for a total of 40 questions. This portion is timed and is 80 minutes long. Those students who wish to place into MAT 2010 also take Part C (15 questions), for a total of 55 questions. This portion is an additional 40 minutes, for a total of 120 minutes if the student is taking all three parts.

No aids (e.g., a calculator) are permitted. Total test administration time, including checking ID, distributing test materials, etc., is approximately 2½ hours. Study guides are available at http://www.clas.wayne.edu/math/placement. The examination fee is $25.00.

Course placement using WSU Mathematics Placement Examination (MPE)*

Scores indicate the number of items correctly answered. Each problem is worth 1 point.

MPE Part A, B & C score of 38 or higher, and MPE Part C score of 5 or higher MAT 2010 or lower
MPE Part A & B score of 26 or higher, and MPE Part B score of 5 or higher
OR
MPE Part A, B and C score of 31 or higher and MPE score Part B of 5 or higher
MAT 1110, 1120, 1500, 1800 or lower
MPE Part A & B score of 19 or higher, or MPE Part A score of 14 or higher MAT 0995, 1000, 1050, or STA 1020 or lower
MPE below 14 for Part A, or MPE below 19 for Part A and B, or MPE below 23 for Part A, B, and C

MAT 0900 or 0993 (These two courses do not require any placement to enroll.)

*The course you should choose is determined by your intended major. Please consult an academic advisor.

Restrictions:

  1. The MPE must be taken before classes begin for the semester in which you plan to take the course. 
  2. For MAT 1000 and STA 1020 placement only, scores will be honored for six semesters:  the semester for which the examination was taken and the five semesters immediately following.  For all other MAT courses, scores will be honored for three semesters: the semester for which the examination was taken and the two semesters immediately following. For the purposes of counting, there are three semesters: Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer. 
  3. If you have taken the MPE more than once, only the highest valid test score will be considered.

If you place into a course below the level that you had expected, you may either take the lower level course or study independently and retake the examination if you are eligible to do so.

Students who score below 8 on Part A of the examination are strongly encouraged to contact the Mathematics Department for free software to help prepare to be successful in MAT 0900 or 0993. Please send your request to shereen@math.wayne.edu. For information about registering for MAT 0993, please contact the Rising Scholars Program, risingscholars@wayne.edu, Room 1316 F/AB, or 313-577-1887.

Once you have taken the examination, your results and placement are sent to your WSU email address and posted online at stars.wayne.edu under the Tests sub-heading.

Course placement using a combination of ACT and MPE

If you have a valid ACT Math score on record, it will automatically be used in combination with your MPE score, and it may qualify you for a WSU mathematics course for which your MPE score alone would be insufficient. If you have taken the ACT more than once, only the most recent score will be considered. The SAT Math score cannot be used in combination with the MPE score.

Examination results/repeats

The MPE results you receive will list the math course(s) you are eligible to take within the time period specified. You may only take the MPE two times. A second attempt must be completed within six months of the first attempt.

Rescheduling, refunds, and fees

1. You may reschedule a test registration a maximum of three times per fee payment. 
2. Refunds are available if they are requested before the day of the examination. Requests for refunds made on or after the examination date, or after the third reschedule, cannot be honored.
3. Examination fees not rescheduled or refunded are subject to forfeiture after one calendar year.
4. Test fees are subject to change without notice.

On the day of the examination

Bring government-issued, current, signed, photo-bearing identification with you to the examination. The WSU OneCard is not acceptable identification. No aids, e.g., a calculator, are permitted. Scratch paper and pencils are provided.  Be on time. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

Examination schedule

These test dates are for course placement beginning Fall 2017 and continuing according to the policy stated above.

Day

Date

Time

Notes

Thursday

09/21/17

1:30 p.m.

 

Friday

10/06/17

1:30 p.m.

 

Friday

10/20/17

1:30 p.m.

 

Thursday

11/02/17

1:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday

11/22/17

9:00 a.m.

 

Thursday

11/30/17

1:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday

12/12/17

9:00 a.m.

 

Wednesday

01/03/18

9:00 a.m.

 

 

How to register for an examination

The examination is not administered on a walk-in basis. You must register to reserve a seat for the examination at least two business days in advance of the desired test date provided that room capacity has not already been reached.

1. In Person Registration: If you wish to pay your test fee(s) with a check, money order, or WSU OneCard, come to Testing, Evaluation and Research Services, Room 686 Student Center Building, 5221 Gullen Mall (click here for map). Make your check or money order payable to Wayne State University. You may also use our public computer to make your credit card payment. Cash will not be accepted.
2. Online registration: Click on the "Register for a test" button at the bottom of this page.  This will lead you to the online registration system where you may pay with a credit or debit card and choose your test date. You will receive an email confirmation of your payment and registration.

Special accommodations

If you have a documented disability that requires testing accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of these accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services Department. To schedule an appointment, call 313-577-1851. Information about SDS can be found at http://studentdisability.wayne.edu/ .

 

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