Mathematics Placement Examination
Who needs to take the Math Placement Exam?
The Math Placement Exam is rarely required for Math majors, and chiefly offered by the Department of Mathematics & Statistics as a service to other departments and colleges of Texas Tech. We are not in a position to advise undergraduates majoring in other areas of the University. Consequently, non-Math majors with questions about the necessity of taking the MPE, and what Math courses a student must take to fulfill requirements should be directed to their respective departmental advisors. This list may help:
- The Math Placement Exam may be taken only once in any 24-hour period
- Over the internet, it may be taken at most twice
- There are up to 10 questions on 6 virtual pages. Make sure to answer every question on the test before selecting the Grade Test button.
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- Technical support issues should be directed to Collin Smith, (806) 834-3444
About the Placement Test
Questions about the Mathematics Placement Examination for Mathematics & Statistics majors may be directed to Yancy Nuñez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 742-2566.
A calculator may be used while taking the placement examination. The primary focus of the Mathematics Placement Examination is on assessing arithmetic and algebraic manipulative skills and not on calculator or computer proficiency. The examination is structured so that while calculator proficiency may help a student with some of the questions assessing arithmetic skills, successful completion of the exam will reflect how well a student has retained his or her algebra skills.
University policy states that to be admitted to certain entry-level mathematics course (1331, 1350, 1451, 2345), a student must meet one of the following prerequisites:
- Students who have a sufficiently high SAT Mathematics score or ACT Mathematics score (click here for scores required for particular courses) may enroll in any of these entry-level courses.
- Students who have collegiate credit for the appropriate prerequisite course from Texas Tech or an accredited community college, junior college or university may enroll in the sequelled entry-level mathematics course.
- Students who satisfactorily pass the Mathematics Placement Examination may enroll in the appropriate entry-level mathematics course.
Courses for which the placement exam may be used as a prerequisite:
|Math 1331 (Introductory Mathematical Analysis II)||Prerequisites: Code 4 or higher on math placement exam or a score of at least 610 on the SATM or a score of at least 26 on the ACTM or a grade of C of better in MATH 1330 or MATH 1430|
|Math 1350 (Analytical Geometry)||Prerequisites: MATH 1321 or a Code 6 or higher on math placement exam or a score of at least 660 on the SATM or a score of at least 29 on the ACTM|
|Math 1451 (Calculus I)||Prerequisites: Code 7 on the math placement exam or a or a score of at least 660 on the SATM or a score of at least 29 on the ACTM or a grade of a C or better in [MATH 1321 and Code 5 on the math placement exam] or MATH 1550 or MATH 1350|
|Math 2345 (Introduction to Statistics with Applications to Business)||Prerequisites: Code 4 or higher on math placement exam or a score of at least 610 on the SATM or a score of at least 26 on the ACTM or a grade of a C or better in MATH 1330 or MATH 1430|
Courses and the placement exam
Students may register for the following courses if they are TSI-compliant. That is, if they are deemed college-ready by the TSI office. (Students who are not TSI-compliant will be notified by the TSI office.)
|Math 1300 (Contemporary Mathematics)||Recommended placement code: 3|
|Math 1320 (College Algebra)||Recommended placement code: 3|
|Math 1321 (Trigonometry)||Recommended placement code: 4|
|Math 1330 (Introductory Mathematical Analysis I)||Recommended placement code: 3|
|Math 1550 (Pre-Calculus)||Recommended placement code: 3|
|Math 2300 (Statistical Methods)||Recommended placement code: 4|