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 before they are allowed to take calculus. 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 2 (Jan-Apr 2015)
Instructions for Math 110 [last updated on Jan 3, 2015]:
All Math 110 students for Term 2 of 2014-2015 will be writing the MPT in their first registered lab period in the week of January 5, 2015.
Please follow the instructions below:
- The time of your MPT will be determined by which LAB SECTION you belong to according to PAWS.
- Find out which LAB SECTION of Math 110 you belong to: search
- Instead of going to your regular lab location, just go to
to write the MPT in the time slot allocated for your lab section. There is no need to reserve
a seat if you are already registered for Math 110 in Term 2:
- Lab Section L31/L32: 08:30am on Tuesday Jan 6
- Lab Section L33/L34: 10:00am on Tuesday Jan 6
- Lab Section L35/L36: 11:30am on Tuesday Jan 6
- Lab Section L37/L38: 01:00pm on Thursday Jan 8
- Lab Section L39/L40: 02:30pm on Thursday Jan 8
- Lab Section L41/L42: 04:00pm on Thursday Jan 8
- This replaces your normal lab period for the week of Jan 5. Regular lab resumes next week in regular locations.
- Writing the MPT is mandatory for all Math 110 (and Math 121/123/125) students.
- If you wrote the MPT before January 2015 (for example, in Jul/Aug/Sep of 2014), you *must* re-write the MPT.
- Where is Spinks? If you stand on the Bowl facing Thorvaldson, Spinks will be the building right behind
Thorvaldson and slightly to the right. Click here for a campus map showing where Spinks is:
- [2015 Jan 13 update] Placement Test scores have been processed. We sent out the student's total test score and subject area test scores in algebra,
arithmetic, geometry, and trigonometry to the student's U of S Email address on Tuesday Jan 13 at about 6:30pm.
At the assigned time of your Placement Test, click HERE to sign on to the test.
This page was last updated on: 2015 Jan 13.
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