Welcome to the Math Placement Test
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has developed an on-line Mathematics Placement Test
(MPT) for students entering University. Students who are registered in Math 110, 121, 123 and 125, which are introductory calculus
courses, are required to write the MPT. The test consists of thirty multiple-choice questions to be completed in 70 minutes, precisely
timed by the computer. It is closed-book and closed-notes, and calculators are not allowed. The test is designed
to assess competency on precalculus mathematics, and to determine whether the student has the necessary prerequisites for succeeding in
University calculus courses.
The topics covered on the MPT are:
- Arithmetic Skills
- Basic Algebra and Functions
- Geometry & Trigonometry
- Exponential & Logarithmic Functions
Students who wish to practise on questions that are similar to those on the actual test may visit the following
site to take a sample test: Sample Math Placement Test
2014-2015 Term 1 (Sep-Dec 2014)
Instructions for students in Math 110, 121, 123 and 125 [last updated on July 9, 2014]:
This is a mandatory test for all students registered in Math 110/121/123/125. If you are a student
registered in these introductory calculus courses for Term 1 of 2014-2015, you are expected to reserve a seat to write the MPT on the U of S campus in the second week of
July or the second week of August. If you cannot write the test in July or August because you have a time conflict or you live outside Saskatoon for the summer, you
must write the test during the first two weeks of September:
- Available Test Dates (reservations required): July 7 through July 12, 2014, August 5 through
August 9, 2014, and the first two weeks of September, 2014.
- When to Reserve a Seat: Online reservation for the July MPT will open on Monday June 30 at 8:30 am
for students to reserve a seat. Reservation for the August MPT will open on Monday July 28 at 8:30 am.
After opening, reservations will remain open until all seats are filled or all dates have passed. Dates and times for the September
MPT will be posted on this page towards the last week of August.
- Where to Reserve a Seat: Click this link to sign on to the MPT
server to reserve a seat.
- Sample Test: Students are encouraged to practise on the Sample Math Placement
Test to review basic concepts and skills.
- Frequently Asked Questions & Further Enquiries [updated on June 16, 2014]: If you have questions about the
MPT, please read this document which contains answers to many Frequently Asked Questions. If you
still have unanswered questions after reading those Q&As, send Email to "mpt_at_math.usask.ca" with the
subject line "Math Placement Test Enquiry" (replacing "_at_" with "@"), and please indicate which course you are enrolled in
- "I forgot where my test location is. Where is my test centre (Saskatoon main campus)?" You can always log back
into the MPT Reservation System to review the time and location of your reservation, switch to another time
slot, or drop a reservation. Here is a campus map showing the building locations of ARTS, ENG (Engineering),
GEOL (Geology), HLTH (Health Sciences), and Spinks if you are new on the main campus. Please see Instruction 3 above for how to sign onto the MPT Server.
- July Placement Test Scores Have Been Released [on July 14, 2014]: If you wrote the MPT in the second week of July,
we have sent your Placement Test score to your U of S Email address on July 14, 2014. If you have questions about your test score, please Email "mpt_AT_math.usask.ca"
(replace the "_AT_" by "@") with the subject line "Question about test score". If you would like to review which questions you have answered wrong, please Email
"mpt_AT_math.usask.ca" (replace the "_AT_" by "@") to make an appointment to view your test result in person.
This page was last updated on: 2014 July 14.
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