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Information about the Math Placement Exams (MPE) for the College Station campus.

The MPE1 is for students entering the following majors/programs:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - Biochemistry, Genetics, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Food Science & Technology majors
  • College of Architecture - Visualization majors
  • College of Engineering - All majors
  • College of Engineering Academies - All locations
  • College of Geosciences - Atmospheric Sciences, Geoscience, Meterology, Environmental Geoscience, Geophysics, Geology, and Oceanography.
  • College of Science - All majors
For Summmer 2017, students that obtain a score of 22 or higher on MPE1 can be placed in Math 151, 147, or 171 (whichever is suitable for their major). Students that have a total score less than 22 can be be placed in Math 150 or they can enroll in the Personalized Precalculus Program. The Personalized Precalcus Program helps build the mathematical skills necessary for success in Calculus I.

The MPE2 is for students entering the following majors/programs:

  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - All majors except Biochemistry, Genetics, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Food Science & Technology majors
  • College of Architecture - All majors except Visualization majors
  • College of Education and Human Development - All majors
  • College of Geosciences - Environmental Studies, Geography, Geographic Info. Science & Tech, & University Studies.
  • College of Liberal Arts - All majors
  • Mays Business School - All majors
  • College of Public Health - All majors
  • Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science - Biomedical Science majors
For Summer 2017, students who score 18 or higher on the:
  • TAMU MPE for Math 131/142 can be placed in Math 131 or Math 142. Students who score less than 18 on this portion of MPE2 can be placed in Math 140.
  • TAMU MPE for Math Math 141/166 can be place in Math 141 or Math 166. Students who score less than 18 on this portion of MPE2 can be placed in Math 167 (if acceptable in the student's major). If Math 167 is not acceptable in the student's major, then the student can take Math 140, but remember that credit can only be given for only one of Math 140, Math 141, OR Math 166.

Placement Practice Tests

You can take a practice test. It is very much like the actual test except there are no multiple choice answers. A link to the problem solutions are given with links to obtain more information on the topic. Calculators are not permitted. The use of a calculator will possibly distort your results. Note that many colleges do not permit the use of graphing calculators in any mathematics courses.

Math 147/151/171 bound students (MPE1)

Math 131/141/142/166 bound students (MPE2)


FAQs for MPE

Q: I took dual credit courses in high schoool. Do I still need to take the MPE?
A: All incoming freshmen, regardless of high school coursework, are required to take the MPE.

Q: I took AP Calculus in high schoool. Do I still need to take the MPE?
A: All incoming freshmen, regardless of high school coursework, are required to take the MPE.

Q: Where do I go to take the MPE?
A: The New Aggie Website has all the information on how to access the MPE for both incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Q: Where can I find my MPE score?
A: It will take 24 hours for your score to appear in Howdy. To access your score, go to the My Record tab in Howdy and click on the “Test Scores” link that is located in the Grades and Transcripts section. Your MPE score will be displayed on the screen.

Q: What is MPE1 and MPE2?
A: MPE1 is the math placement exam for students who need to take Math 151, Math 171, or Math 147. MPE2 is the math placement exam for students who need to take Math 141, Math 131, Math 166, or Math 142.

Q: I lost Internet access in the middle of my exam. How can I finish the exam?
A: Email your fullname and UIN to mathassessment@math.tamu.edu and someone will help you within 24 hours.

Q: I need to take the MPE but I don’t have the applicant tab in Howdy. What do I need to do?
A: If you just accepted your application to TAMU you should wait 24 hours for the system to update. The applicant tab will show up once your acceptance has been fully processed.

Q: I am a transfer student who has already completed my math requirements. Do I still have to take the MPE?
A: If you still have math courses to take at TAMU, then you do have to take the MPE. If your math requirements are already fulfilled at the time of transfer, then you do not need to take the MPE.

Q: Can I retake the MPE?
A: The exam can be repeated, but there is a two-week waiting period (14 days) between attempts. You can retake the exam up to three times.

Q: I have accepted my admission and I went online to take my MPE and it says I am not eligible at this time. I have already signed up for my NSC at this time. What do I need to do to be able to take the MPE?
A: The systems loads all data and creates the appropriate permissions to take the MPE overnight. So, try taking the MPE the day after you sign up for the NSC and you will likely be able to take the exam.

Summary Document for TAMU Advisers (Summer 2017)