Mathematics Placement Exam Guide
Welcome to The Website of the 2018 Mathematics Placement Exam for Calculus I and Precalculus
For those who must take the Math Placement Exam, it must be completed by August 1st
Note: Cadets participating in CSI in July should take the Exam by June 24th
What is the Purpose of the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?
The purpose of the MPE is to assess a student's readiness to start the calculus courses at The Citadel.
Who MUST take the Math Placement Exam?
All students whose major programs require MATH 131: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I, will need to take the MPE. At The Citadel, the following major programs require MATH 131: Biochemistry, Chemistry (B.S.), Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, ands Physics. A student will also need to take the MPE if he/she is considering the pursuit of a minor in Applied Mathematics or in Applied Statistics or if they want to earn an American Chemical Society certificate as a Chemistry major. Additionally, students in a scholarship program that requires MATH 131 or students attending The Citadel on a Navy scholarship who also CHOOSE to take MATH 131 must take the MPE.
Note: Students not sufficiently prepared for Calculus I (MATH 131) will be placed in Pre-Calculus (MATH 119). Required students failing to take the MPE will be placed in neither MATH 119 nor 131.
Who DOES NOT NEED to take the Math Placement Exam?
- Students majoring in a degree other than those listed above
- Students who already have transfer credit for Math 119 (Pre-Calculus)
- Students who have transfer or Advanced Placement credit for Math 131 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry I) but decide to repeat Math 131
What is the MPE?
The MPE consists of 33 problems in algebra and trigonometry in the multiple choice form. One will have 90 minutes to complete the exam with only pens and scratch papers.
Remember the MPE is an assessment tool so please do not use any assistance such as calculator, textbook. software package, or info from a website.
The MPE is given in PlaceU, a Cengage online assessment for mathematics placement. After you click on the 2018 Mathematics Placement Exam at the end of this webpage, you will be at the MPE in PlaceU. Please follow the instructions to go through tutorial for using PlaceU, a practice test for the MPE and then you may start the MPE if you have 90 minutes.
The MPE will open for all first year students from May 29 to August 1. Each student can take the MPE once.
How can a first-year student prepare for the MPE?
There are several ways to prepare for the MPE.
- The folder below labeled "Review Materials" contains materials for topics covered in the MPE, including lecture notes, practice problems with solutions. One may use the materials to review or refresh algebra and trigonometry skills at one's own pace.
- Two online workshops have been developed for students to review and refresh skills in algebra and trigonometry covered in the MPE. (Click the titles to follow links to the workshops.) Please sign in to CitLearn first at http://citlearn.blackboard.com. Otherwise, you will be prompted to sign in.
Workshop I - College Mathematics: A Preparation for Precalculus
This workshop covers basic skills of algebra and trigonometry to prepare students for Online Workshop II - Concepts of Precalculus or MATH 119 (or CSI 119) - Precalculus. It consists of 10 modules. At the end of each module, there is a module test. A student is required to have 80% or more correct answers on the module test in order to move onto the next module. Students can attempt the module tests multiple times if they do not get 80% or higher on their first attempt. Professor Rachel Hunter is the instructor for this workshop.
Workshop II - Concepts of Precalculus: A Preparation for Calculus I
This workshop covers skills of college algebra and trigonometry to prepare students for Calculus I (MATH 131). It consists of 10 modules. At the end of each module, there is a module test. A student is required to have 80% or more correct answers on the module test in order to move onto the next module. Students can attempt the module tests multiple times if they do not get 80% or higher on their first attempt. Professor Wendy Sheppard is the instructor for this workshop.
Note: A student who completes Workshop I or Workshop II can take the MPE again if he/she has ready taken the MPE. Please email Dr. Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you complete Workshop I or II in order to get permission to retake the MPE.
- CSI 119 and CSI 104 (for STEM Majors) for students attending Citadel Success Institution (CSI) in July
From July 5 to July 28, The Citadel offers CSI 119 (Precalculus), an intensive course that covers skills of college algebra and trigonometry to prepare students for Calculus I (MATH 131). A student is required to have a grade of C or higher in order to take Calclculus I in the fall. The Citadel also offers CSI 104 (for STEM Majors), an intensive course that covers basic skills of algebra and trigonometry to prepare students for Precalculus (MATH 119). A student is required to have a grade of C or higher in order to take Precalculus in the fall.
A List of Websites and Links for the MPE
- Review Materials - lecture notes, practice problems with solutions
- Practice Problems - link to a PDF file with practice problems and solutions (can be downloaded for off-line use)
- 2001 Sample Placement Exam - link to a PDF file with 2001 exam and solutions (can be downloaded for off-line use)
- Sample Exam - a sample exam in Blackboard for you to get familiar with the Math Placement Exam and Blackboard
- The 2018 Math Placement Exam - a website for the MPE in Citlearn with a link to PlaceU. (Log into CitLearn first at http://citlearn.blackboard.com.) The page provides:
(1) instructions for the MPE;
(2) a tutorial for using PlaceU;
(3) a practice test for the MPE;
(4) the Placement Test (need 90 minutes); and
(5) your score and the next steps for follow-up.
Contact Information (Department & Math Placement Exam):
Dr. Mei-Qin Chen
Department: Math & Computer Science
Campus address: Thompson Hall - Room 230