Prior to
taking any college level mathematics course at SPU, students must meet
certain placement criteria. One
way to meet the placement criteria is to take the Washington state
General Math Placement Test (MPTG). The primary aim of the MPTG is to help students determine whether they are ready for college
level mathematics and to assist them in selecting the mathematics
courses for which they are best prepared.
This page
contains answers to some common questions about the Math Placement Test:
What is the
Math Placement Test?
The primary
aim of the Math Placement Test (MPT) is to help students determine
whether they are ready for college level mathematics and to assist them
in selecting mathematics courses for which they are best prepared.
The MPT was
originally developed in 1984 by five of Washington's public
universities. In 2007, the Washington State legislature mandated
that all public twoyear and fouryear colleges and universities in the
Washington adopt the same placement criteria based on the use of the MPT.
While the law does not mandate that private institutions use the MPT, we
have voluntarily chosen to adopt the MPTG for math placement at SPU.
There are
three versions of the MPT: General, Intermediate, and Advanced.
SPU uses the General Math Placement Test (MPTG), which is composed
of 35 multiplechoice questions to determine whether students are ready
for first year college math courses.
Do I need to take the MPT?
Prior to
taking any college level mathematics course at SPU, students must meet
certain placement criteria. One
way to meet these placement criteria is to take the Math Placement Test.
In deciding whether or not you need to take the test, consider the
following:

If you
scored 580 or above on math portion of the SAT or scored 25 or above
on the math portion of the ACT, you do NOT need to take the MPT.

If you
transferred in a mathematics course such as Intermediate Algebra or
College Algebra from another college or university, you may not need
to take the MPT. You should check with your academic counselor
in Student Academic Services to determine if the course you took
meets this requirement.

If you
have already completed the Mathematics requirement for SPU's
Exploratory Curriculum, you probably do not need to take the MPT.
However, if you intend to take any additional mathematics courses,
you may need to take the MPT. Certain courses in other fields
(such as some introductory courses in chemistry) might also require
you to take the MPT.
If you are
unsure whether or not you need to take the test, please discuss
your situation with your academic counselor in Student Academic
Services.
When/where can I
take the MPT?
The Math
Placement Test will be offered occasionally on campus at SPU, and it can
also be taken daily at the University of Washington.
There will
be five opportunities to take the test on campus at SPU during the
20152016 academic year:

Thursday, October 29 at 11:10 AM

Wednesday, November 4 at 3:15 PM

Wednesday, January 27 at 3:15 PM

Thursday, February 4 at 11:10 AM

Monday, April 25 at 3:15 PM
Registration information for the winter quarter
test dates can be found below.
If you need to take the test sooner, the MPT
can also be taken at the University of Washington's Testing Center,
where it is typically offered twice each week. A testing schedule and additional information can be found at https://www.washington.edu/assessment/testingcenter/tests/placement/.
If you do take the test at the UW, please make sure that you request the
the MPTG (General). Once you
have completed the test, you will need to obtain a score report and
submit it to Laurie Mendes in OMH 104.
How do I
register to take the MPT at SPU?
Registration & Payment:
Registration for the MPT is done online, and there is a $15 fee for the test which must be paid with
a credit or debit card. Detailed instructions for online
preregistration for the test can be found
here.
Registration Deadlines:
January 27 test:
Online registration and payment must be submitted by noon
on Tuesday, January 26. Seats are limited and will be
reserved in the order that payment is received, so please register
as soon as possible. If the session reaches capacity, registration
will close early.
February 4 test: Online
registration and payment must be submitted by noon on Wednesday,
February 3. Seats are limited and will be reserved in the
order that payment is received, so please register as soon as
possible. If the session reaches capacity, registration will close
early.
Test
Checkin:
January 27 test: Please
arrive in the OMH lobby to checkin for the test no later than 3:15
PM on Wednesday, January 27, and bring a photo ID with you to the
test. Note that the doors will close promptly at
3:15, so plan to arrive early. Students who arrive late or
who do not have a photo ID will not be permitted to take the test.
The test should be complete by 4:45.
November 4 test:
Please arrive in the OMH lobby to checkin for the test
no later than 11:10 AM on Thursday, November 4, and bring a photo ID
with you to the test. Note that the doors will close promptly at 11:10, so plan
to arrive early. Students who arrive late or who do not have
a photo ID will not be permitted to take the test. The test
should be complete by 12:40.
Are
calculators permitted on the MPT?
No,
calculators are not permitted on the MPT. All computations must be
done by hand.
Which version
of the MPT do I need to take?
As noted
above, there are three different versions of the MPT. SPU students
should take the General Math Placement Test (MPTG).
SPU will also accept scores from the MPTI (Intermediate) if you have
already taken it, but we encourage all students to take the General
test. We do NOT accept scores from the Advanced test for
placement.
What can I do
to prepare to take the MPTG?
To prepare to
take the MPT, please look at the
MPTG Sample Problems. Note that these sample problems are NOT
intended to serve as a practice test but only to provide test takers
with an idea of the content and
difficulty of the MPTG. The correct answers to the problems are shown
on the last page of the booklet.
If I do poorly
on the MPT, can I retake the test?
Yes, students
can retake the test. However, you must wait at least two weeks
before taking the test again, and the test can only be taken twice in
any twelvemonth period. Students
retaking the test must take a different version of the test, so please
when you take the retest, make sure that you inform the testing staff
that you have taken the test previously. If you take the same
version a second time, your new score will be invalidated. Also,
students retaking the test will not be able to register using the online
registration system. For more information about registering to
retake the test, contact math@spu.edu.
