Welcome to the Math Placement Test
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has developed an on-line Mathematics Placement Test
(MPT) that is specifically designed to assess competency on precalculus mathematics, and to determine whether
the student has the necessary prerequisites for succeeding in University calculus courses. 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 topics covered on the MPT are:
- Arithmetic Skills
- Basic Algebra and Functions
- Geometry & Trigonometry
- Exponential & Logarithmic Functions
Students who wish to review concepts and practise on mathematical techniques that the actual test will focus on may visit the following
site to take a sample test: Sample Math Placement Test
2015-2016 Term 1 (Sep-Dec 2015)
Instructions for Math 110, 121, 123 and 125 [last updated on June 4, 2015]:
This is a mandatory test for all students in Math 110/121/123/125. If you are a student registered in
these introductory calculus courses for Term 1 of 2015-2016, you are expected to reserve a seat to write the MPT on the U of S campus in the first/second week of July or
August. If you cannot write the test in July or August because you have a time conflict or if you live outside Saskatoon for the summer, you must
write the test during the first two weeks of September:
- Available Test Dates (online reservation required): 2015 July 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, August 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
and the first two weeks of September.
- When to Reserve a Seat: Online reservation for the July MPT will open on
Monday June 29 at 8:30 am for students to reserve a seat. Online reservation for the August MPT will open
on Monday July 27 at 8:30 am. After opening, reservations will remain open until all seats are filled or all test dates for that month
have passed. More information about the September MPT will be posted on this page towards the last week of August.
- "Where do I go to Reserve a Seat/Where is the MPT Server?": 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 4, 2015]: 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 on how to sign onto the MPT Server.
This page was last updated on: 2015 July 1.
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