Math Placement Test (MPT)

  • 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 in the periods: 

    • February 20 to March 15, 2018 
    • April 25 to May 10, 2018 

    Students required to take a Math Placement Test for entry into a Math course offered in the Summer 2018 semester should: 

    Contact the School of STEM office by email at sciences@capilanou.ca or at 604.990.7856 to book an appointment to write the MPT 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 Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 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.

    Basic MPT

    Sample Questions:   Questions      Answers
      Resources: Basic MPT Materials (pdf) - references and sample questions

    http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers  
         

    Precalculus MPT

    Sample Questions: Questions     Answers  
               Resources: Precalculus MPT Materials (pdf) - references and sample questions

    http://purplemath.com  
         

    Calculus MPT

    Sample Questions:   Questions     Answers
      Resources: Calculus MPT Materials (pdf) - references and sample questions

    Precalculus Text by Barnett, Ziegler & Byleen  
         

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