Math Placement Exam
The purpose of the MPE is to maximize student success in beginning mathematics courses by placing the student in a course at an appropriate level. We do not want students to take a course that is too hard for them since repeating failed courses is a waste of money, and taking a course that students have already mastered is also a waste of time and money.
With a few exceptions, all undergraduate students must take the MPE before they can register for any mathematics course. New students with ACT or SAT scores will have an MPE score assigned based on their performance on the math portion of the test. If students believe this placement is inaccurate, then they should take the MPE as soon as possible. All other new students, including transfer students, must take the MPE during the first semester of residence and before taking any mathematics courses, subject to the exceptions listed below.
Exceptions: The following students do NOT have to take the MPE:
1) New, incoming students who already have an MPE score.
2) Students who have, at the time of their first enrollment at Andrews University, transferred credit from an accredited college in a college algebra, precalculus, precalculus algebra, trigonometry, or any calculus course. All these courses, when evaluated and accepted by the University, will satisfy the General Education Mathematics requirement.
3) Students who have taken AP Calculus and have passed the AB test with a score of at least 3 or have passed the BC test with a score of at least 4.
4) Students transferring from a four-year college into Physical Therapy or Medical Laboratory Science and are classified as seniors in their first year at Andrews are deemed to have met the mathematics requirement of the college or university from which they are transferring. The Andrews mathematics requirement is waived, and these students do not have to take the MPE.
5) Students enrolled in the English Language Institute are not required to take the MPE until the first semester of enrollment in regular college level courses.
Courses named Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Mathematics, or Beginning Algebra will generally not be sufficient to meet the General Education requirement although taking them can help students score well in the MPE.
Taking the MPE promptly upon enrolling at Andrews is EXTREMELY important, and scoring well is also advantageous. Some students find that they need up to three three semesters to complete their mathematics requirement, so students should not put off taking the test or completing the required mathematics classes. This is information no one wants to discover in his/her senior year!!
About the test: The MPE has five pages; page 1 is arithmetic, pages 2 and 3 are elementary algebra, and pages 4 and 5 are precalculus. It is a multiple-choice, timed test (1 hour). Students may not use a calculator, and guessing carries a penalty. The first page of the test is quite easy, and each successive page gets harder. Students are not expected to know everything on the test, and theoretically students can escape remedial courses without answering many questions from the last two pages. They should, however, read all the pages in case they can answers some of those questions. There is a charge of $18.00 for taking the test, which will be charged to the accounts of Andrews students.
Scoring: The letter score indicates arithmetic level and is determined by performance on page 1 of the test: P = proficient in arithmetic (no deficiency); M = moderate arithmetic deficiency; E = extreme arithmetic deficiency. The number score indicates algebra level; this is determined by performance on pages 2 through 5: 0-1 = deficient in algebra; 2-5 = not deficient in algebra.
Specific scores, and what they indicate: The course numbers refer to the following courses: MATH 145 = Reasoning with Functions; MATH 165=College Algebra; MATH 166 = College Algebra for Business; MATH 167 = Precalculus Trigonometry; MATH 168 = Precalculus; MATH 191 = Calculus I; STAT 285 = Elementary Statistics.
With a score less than P2 (that is, any E score, any M score, or P0 or P1), students will need to improve their arithmetic or algebra skills before taking mathematics course other than developmental courses. Most students enroll in MATH 091 to accomplish this, but for some alternatives, click here.
With a score of P2 you may enroll in MATH 145, 165, 166, or STAT 285.
With a score of P3 you may enroll in MATH 145, 165, 166, 167, 168, or STAT 285.
With a score of P4 you may enroll in MATH 145, 165, 166, 167, 168, or STAT 285.
With a score of P5 you may enroll in MATH 145, 165, 166, 167, 168, 191, or STAT 285.
If you score P4 or P5, you may be able to fulfill your General Education math requirement by taking the CLEP test in College Algebra and receiving credit for either MATH 145, 165, or 166. Arrangements for taking a CLEP test may be made at the Counseling and Testing Service in Bell Hall.