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The Math Placement Test (MPT)
Instructions for the
2020 Spring & Summer Intersession and the 2020 Fall (Sep-Dec) Term


Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, all MPTs (Math Placement Tests) in the months of May, June, July, August, and September 2020 have been CANCELLED.

Effectively immediately and until further notice, the MPT will NOT be a mandatory assessment. Students are advised to use the Sample Math Placement Test to self-assess themselves whether they can recall enough basic precalculus math skills that are needed to do well in calculus.



INSTRUCTIONS FOR MATH 121/123/125:

The MPT (Math Placement Test) has never been an official prerequisite for these three courses. The MPT has always been just a diagnostic test to inform students whether they can recall enough basic high school precalculus math skills to do well in these three calculus courses. So, go ahead, as usual, and register in these courses, but SELF-ASSESS YOURSELF using the Sample Placement Test for your own good (see the paragraph at the bottom for the Sample Test).



INSTRUCTIONS FOR MATH 110:

Effectively immediately, as long as the student has credits in their high school Precalculus 30 (or equivalent) on their transcript, the student does NOT need to have credits in Math 102/104 to qualify for Math 110. This, in turn, implies that passing the MPT (Math Placement Test) at 60% or higher will NO LONGER be needed as an alternative prerequisite for having credits in Math 102/104. Students who do not have credits in Precalculus 30 at the high school level should place themselves in Math 102 and do well in it before taking Math 110.

You Desire to Enroll in Math 110 for the 2020 Intersession:
You Desire to Enroll in Math 110 for the 2020 Fall Session:


THE SAMPLE MATH PLACEMENT TEST:

All prospective students in Math 110/121/123/125/176 are advised to visit the Sample Math Placement Test (https://math.usask.ca/sample_placement) to SELF-ASSESS themselves whether they can remember enough of the PRE-CALCULUS math skills at the secondary school level that are expected of all Math 110/121/123/125/176 students. A lack of the necessary basic pre-calculus math skills is one of the main reasons why students would often struggle with calculus. The calculus courses in the spring and summer sessions are especially short, and the instructors may not be able to afford much time to assist students who have insufficient basic math skills that are needed to do well in calculus.

Specifically for Math 110 and Math 176, students must decide for themselves whether they have the necessary basic math skills to take Math 110 (Calculus I) or Math 176 (Advanced Calculus). Students who have trouble with 40 percent or more of the questions and topics that are tested in the Sample Placement Test should place themselves in Math 102 (Precalculus) rather than Math 110 (Calculus I). Furthermore, students scoring less than 80% on the Sample Test should not be taking Math 176 (Advanced Calculus), which is intended for students majoring in math or an allied discipline.


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This page was last updated on: 2020 Apr 14.
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