College of Arts and Science the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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The Math Placement Test
2019 Fall Term (Sep-Dec) & 2020 Winter Term (Jan-Apr)
Instructions Page
Math 110/121/123/125/176

The MPT (Math Placement Test) is a mandatory proficiency assessment of basic math skills for students in Math 110/121/123/125 (which are introductory calculus courses) and students in Math 176 (Advanced Calculus I). In particular, passing the MPT at 60% or higher has become a non-negotiable prerequisite of Math 110 (Calculus I) since September 2015. Alternatively, a student may satisfy this prerequisite of Math 110 by having credits in Math 102/104. Effective September 2018, scoring at least 80% on the MPT is a requirement for enrolling in Math 176 (Advanced Calculus I).

On Math 176 (Advanced Calculus I): If you achieve a MPT score of 80% or higher and also have credits in high-school Calculus 30, please consider taking Math 176. This course is recommended for students intending to major in mathematics or an allied discipline.

New Registration Procedure for Math 110 (effective since Jan 2017): PAWS will no longer let students register into Math 110 unless

          (A) they have already received credits for Math 102/104, or
          (B) they have obtained special permission from the Dept of Math & Stats.

Only students meeting condition (A) can automatically enroll in Math 110 by themselves. To request permission from Math & Stats to join Math 110, a student must have a valid MPT score of at least 60% within the past 12 months, OR the student has already achieved a low pass in Math 110/121/123/125 and has obtained approval from their College to repeat calculus by taking/re-taking Math 110.
Note: MPT scores are generally valid for only 12 months.

For Fall 2019: Math 110/121/123/125/176 students for the Fall term are expected to write the MPT on the U of S campus in the first week of August. If you cannot write the test in August because you have a time conflict or if you live outside Saskatoon for the summer, you have our permission to write the test in the first week of September. See "Deadlines" below.

For Winter 2020: Math 110/121 students for the Winter term are expected to write the MPT on the U of S campus in the first week of January 2020. In fact, students are advised to write the MPT as early as possible (in August or September) in order to maximize their opportunities for academic advising and for making up any deficiencies in their background preparation. Please email us ( replacing "_at_" by "@") if you wish to add your name to the August/September MPT roster. See "Deadlines" below.

Instructions for Math 110/121/123/125/176:

  1. Deadlines for Writing the MPT:

  2. You are seeking permission to enroll in Math 110 (for example, PAWS would not let you register in Math 110 by yourself): If a student does not have credits in Math 102/104, one way for the student to qualify for Math 110 is to score at least 60% on the MPT (in addition to having successfully completed Precalculus 30 or equivalent at the secondary school level).

    If you are not on any of the current Fall or Winter class lists of Math 110/121/123/125/176 on PAWS, you will need to email the MPT coordinators first to request that your name and credentials be added to the appropriate MPT roster before you can log into the MPT Server. Please use an appropriate subject line (such as "Add me to the 2019 Aug/Sep MPT roster"), and supply the following information when you email us ("" replacing "_at_" by "@"):

    N.B. We are only accepting requests to add names to the 2019 Aug/Sep MPT roster at the present time. Send us a request in December if you wish your name to be added to the January 2020 MPT roster.

  3. Test Dates (online reservation required):

  4. "When do I reserve a seat?": Generally speaking, online reservation will open approximately 7 days before the first day of a batch of MPTs. More precisely, online reservation will open at the following times:

  5. "Where do I go to reserve a seat?": Click HERE to learn how to sign on to the MPT Server to reserve a seat when online reservation opens.

  6. Frequently Asked Questions: This document contains answers to many Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have unanswered questions after reading those Q&As, please send email to "mpt_at_" with the subject line "Math Placement Test Enquiry" (replacing "_at_" with "@"), and please specify the course (Math 110/121/123/125/176) and the term (examples: Math 121 Fall 2019 or Math 110 Fall 2019 or Math 121 Winter 2020).

  7. Sample Test: Students are encouraged to practise on the Sample Math Placement Test to review basic concepts and skills.

  8. "I need a campus map!" or "Help! I forgot my test location." You can always log back into the MPT Server to review the time and location of your reservation, switch to another time slot, or drop a reservation except during those times when there are active test sessions being delivered. To avoid a last-minute panic, students should take a picture of their reservation or write down the time and location. Here is a campus map showing the building locations of Arts, ENG (Engineering), GEOL (Geology), HLTH (Health Sciences), and Spinks if you are new to the main campus.

  9. Students who are registered with AES (Access and Equity Services):

  10. Test Scores: Detailed test scores will be emailed to the student's U of S email account approximately 72 business hours after the last day of the MPTs. The MPT score report contains your overall test score as well as your subject area test scores in those areas of algebra, arithmetic, geometry, and trigonometry that are deemed essential for success in calculus. If your overall MPT score is 60% or higher, we will override PAWS to let you register in Math 110 if you are seeking permission to add Math 110; but kindly bear with us as this may take at least a couple of days for the Department of Math and Stats to process all the overrides. For students who belong to the main campus and who are seeking permission to add Math 110, we will suggest that they see one of the test invigilators immediately after the test to view their overall MPT score before they leave the exam room.

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This page was last updated on: 2019 Jul 25.
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