Math Placement Exam Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?

The Texas A&M University Math Placement Exam is an online, multiple-choice examination used to evaluate pre-calculus math skills. The MPE is important because it helps your advisor determine which mathematics course you should take.  You will not be permitted to register for any mathematics course until you have completed the Math Placement Exam.


How do I schedule to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?

The Texas A&M University Math Placement Exam is available online and may be taken anywhere, at any time. The exam does not have to be scheduled or proctored, but should be taken alone, by the student, and without help from others.


How much does the Math Placement Exam (MPE) cost?

The Texas A&M University Math Placement Exam is FREE!!


How long is the Math Placement Exam?

This multiple-choice exam has a time limit of 90 minutes.
Be prepared to spend the full 90 minutes taking the exam.


Do I need to take the Math Placement Exam?

ALL entering TAMUG students (Freshmen and Transfers) are required  to take the TAMU MPE.


Which exam do I take?

Two different kinds of introductory Calculus courses are offered for TAMUG degrees with a separate Math Placement Exam for each: 

MATH 142: Business Mathematics II

MATH 151: Engineering Mathematics

Your declared major will determine which of these two exams you should take.  Please refer to the outline below:  

MATH 151


Take the
MATH 147/151/171

MATH 142


Take the
MATH 131/141/142/166




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If you are strong in math, or if you intend to pursue graduate work in science in the future, or  if you are considering a change in curriculum to another science or engineering degree, then take the MATH 151 bound Exam. If this does not apply to you, then you should take the MATH 142 bound Exam.


What If I Need Testing Accommodations Due to a Disability?

If you have a disability and require specific accommodations to complete the Math Placement Exam, please contact the Counseling Services Office at (409)740-4736 or visit for more information. Reasonable testing accommodations are provided to allow students with documented disabilities an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.  In order to coordinate testing accommodations for the Math Placement Exam, the student must submit documentation of their disability to Dr. Ric Ertell for review.


When, how, and where do I take the Math Placement Exam?

  • It should be taken after you have been officially accepted to TAMUG and signed up for a New Student Conference.

  • Take it as soon as possible. It must be taken before attending a New Student Conference, but preferably prior to June 1.

  • The exam may be repeated up to three times; however, there is a 30 day waiting period between attempts.

  • The highest score earned will be considered.

  • Calculators are NOT permitted.

  • Practice exams are available on the site as well. 
    If you are taking the practice exam for MATH 147/151/171, it only has 25 questions whereas the actual exam has 33.

  • Once the exam has been completed, your score is automatically added to your student record for faculty/staff review.


What if I have technical difficulties with the MPE?

TAMUG does NOT administer or have access to the Math Placement Exam.

If you experience any technical difficulties with the exam, please contact the TAMU Math Department in College Station:


Which MATH course does my MPE score place me into?

See our score charts for course recommendations based on MPE scores earned.


Math was my best subject in high school, and I even took an AP Calculus or Dual Credit math course. Why am I required to take a Math Placement Exam? 

Many new students can probably claim that math was their best subject; however, not every one of these students is ready for a MATH 142 or 151 class. The mathematics sequence at TAMUG is very fast paced and challenging. A significant fraction of enrolled students do not pass these courses.

I already have AP credit (or dual credit) for Calculus I. Can I be exempted from this test? 
No, all incoming students are required to take this test. Credit for Calculus I does not necessarily ensure adequate preparation in precalculus topics.

Can I take the Math placement exam during my New Student Conference?
No. You must take this exam as soon as possible. Preferably prior to June 1, but at least 2 weeks prior to your New Student Conference. Your Academic Department will interpret these scores and use them to help determine which mathematics course you should take in your first semester at TAMUG.

Why can't I use a calculator? 
MATH courses at TAMUG do not allow the use of a calculator on exams, so your placement is dependent on how you perform without the use of one.

Are the results of the Math Placement Exam binding? 
Yes. Special exceptions will NOT be made for students that miss a recommendation bracket by 1 or 2 points.

What if I make a low score and get placed into College Algebra or College Pre-Calculus?

While MATH 102 or MATH 150 may not count towards your degree at TAMUG, these courses will help you to build the math skills needed to be successful in your required math courses.

Remember, the MPE exam may be taken up to three times, so there is room for improvement if you take the exam early enough prior to the beginning of the semester. There is a 30 day waiting period between each attempt. The highest score earned will be considered for placement into a mathematics course at TAMUG.

Will taking MATH 102 or 150 delay my graduation? 

This represents one or two extra courses; it should not delay graduation a whole semester.

Students that take higher level math courses instead of the MPE recommended level, however, usually fail those courses and have to retake them multiple times or start over at a lower level, causing a delay in graduation.

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