MPE Frequently Asked Questions

When can I take the MPE?

1) At a specified and well-publicized time during Freshman Orientation each fall.

2) Check the MPE schedule on our Web page or at Department of Mathematics office during the regular school year.  Upon request and readiness, you may take MPE during the summer; be sure to sign up on the MPE sign-up site or call the Math Office at 269-471-3423 or e-mail You can check the score on your iVue account a few hours after completing the test.

What can I do to improve my MPE score?

You can study on your own, using a textbook, ALEKS, or a course at Andrews or another college. For more information, see Preparing for the Mathematics Placement Exam.

May I take the MPE a second time?

Yes, but no less than three months after you took it last. If you took it in August, you can take it again in December; if you took it in December, you can take it again in April. The sign-up site will not let you sign up if you've taken the test sooner that three months ago.

I am enrolled as an Andrews student, and I plan to take College Algebra at another school and transfer the credit back. Do I have to take the MPE?

Yes, and you will also need to obtain permission from the dean's office before taking the class to see that it will transfer.

I had AP Calculus in high school and got a 3 or higher on the AP test. Do I need to take the MPE?

No, but you need to have those scores sent to Andrews as soon as you can.

I had precalculus in high school and got a B or higher; do I need to take the MPE?

Yes, and you will probably do well on it.

What are my options if I do really well on the MPE?

You can try to CLEP College Algebra (receive credit for the course by taking an examination), or you may take a more advanced math course.

I took a Mathematics Placement Examination at another college. Can I transfer that score?

No, because we don't know what the score means. All colleges and universities have their own testing schemes, and they are not standardized or interchangeable, sometimes not even among different campuses of the same university.