Students who lack the prerequisites for direct entry into MATH 097, 101, 105, 108, 116 or 190 may choose to write the appropriate Mathematics Placement Test to gain admission into these courses.
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Who has to write the MPT?
Students wanting to enrol in an entry-level course listed in the table below must write a placement test if they do not satisfy the prerequisite requirements for the course as listed in the table below.
Students who completed their prerequisite course more than twelve months ago are encouraged to write the MPT to assess their current math skills.
View the
Prerequisite Grid (pdf) Entry Courses for our Math and Statistics courses.
Math Placement Tests are offered on a regularly-scheduled basis throughout the year - please check the schedule below. MPT guides are available at the
Registrar's Office (BR230), the MLC (BR289) and at the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics office (FR471).
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Which test do I write?
Basic MPT
for placement into MATH 097, 101, 190
Precalculus MPT
for placement into MATH 105
Calculus MPT
for placement into MATH 108, 116
With the exception of the placement test for admission into MATH 097, students are not allowed to rewrite the same level of placement test within a twelve-month period. The waiting period to rewrite the placement test for entry into MATH 097 is one month or longer
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How do I apply to write the MPT?
MPT registration forms (pdf) and an MPT guide are available at the at the
Registrar's Office (BR230) in the Birch building and at the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) office (FR471) on the 4th floor of the Fir building. The MPT guide (shown below) provides sample problems and references to other study materials.
To write the MPT you must:
- Have a valid Capilano University student number.
- Arrive at your test session at least 15 minutes before the start of the test.
- You must bring the completed Math Placement Test Registration Form and Photo ID to the test. Calculators are not permitted in the test.
- Allow at least one day for the test to be graded and the results recorded. Your test results, which can be picked up from the Registrar's Office (Birch 230), will include a statement of eligibility for Capilano University mathematics courses, as well as a diagnostic assessment.
Note: You are not allowed to rewrite the Precalculus or the Calculus MPT for admission into courses within a one-year period.
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When can I write the MPT?
The next round of Math Placement Tests will be written as outlined below. Students required to take a Math Placement Test for entry into a Math course offered in the Spring 2018 semester should:
Prior to December 4, 2017
DATE | TIME | WHERE |
November 9 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | BR205 |
November 15 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | BR205 |
November 22 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | BR247 |
December 4 to 14, 2017 and January 2 to 4, 2018
Contact the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) office at 604.984.4955 or by email at
sciences@capilanou.ca to book an appointment during the hours of 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday. As the test is 2 hours long, the latest sitting starts at 1:45 pm. Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis. Spacing is limited. All tests are written in the Fir building, room FR471. Twenty-four hours’ notice is required to
cancel any booking. You will be given only one opportunity to rebook your test.
Before writing a Math Placement Test, you must pick up a Math Placement Test Registration Form at the Registrar’s Office (Birch 230) or print a copy of the
MPT Registration form (pdf), fill it out and and either take it to the
Cashier's Office (Birch 214) to pay the $25 fee prior to writing the test, or complete the
MPT Credit Card Payment Form (pdf) and either e-mail a scanned copy of this completed credit card form to the Cashier’s Office at
cashiers@capilanou.ca or fax it to 604.984.1723.
Arrive at your test session at least 15 minutes before the start of the test. Calculators are not permitted in the test. You must bring the completed Math Placement Test Registration Form and Photo ID to the test.
Allow at least one day for the test to be graded and the results recorded. Your test results, which can be picked up from the Registrar's Office (Birch 230), will include a statement of eligibility for Capilano University mathematics courses, as well as a diagnostic assessment.
Test results from this testing period are valid for Spring 2018, Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 terms.
Note: With the exception of the placement test for admission into MATH 097, students are not allowed to rewrite the same level of placement test within a twelve-month period. The waiting period to rewrite the placement test for entry into MATH 097 is one month or longer.
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What can I do to prepare?
Students are strongly advised to prepare for the MPT. Resources and reference links are provided below for each level of the MPT.
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