Math Placement Exam

Math Placement Exam

Freshmen admitted to the Dwight Look College of Engineering are required to take a Math Placement Exam (MPE), which is designed to ensure adequate preparation for calculus. The first required engineering math course is MATH 151 (Engineering Mathematics I). To register for this course, a student must have credit for or be enrolled in MATH 150 (Functions, Trigonometry and Linear Systems), or have an MPE score of 22 or greater.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Math is my best subject in high school, and I even took an AP calculus course. Why am I required to first take a pre-calculus course? 
    Incoming students are not required to begin in pre-calculus.  However, many incoming engineering students who were successful in their high school calculus courses are still underprepared for the college-level calculus required for engineering degree programs at Texas A&M. The MPE has shown to be the best single predictor of proper placement in the appropriate level math course.  Data shows that success in the first math course is a strong predictor of success and graduation in engineering.   
  • If I take MATH 150 the first semester, will I be a semester behind? 
    No, students will take only one course that is not required; the other courses will be required courses, so you will be at most one course behind.  Your advisor can help you identify options for future semester coursework to bring you back on track with the calculus sequence for your preferred major.
  • Will taking MATH 150 delay my graduation? 
    Not being in the proper math course, thus not successfully completing your first math course, will delay your graduation.  MATH 150 represents one extra course; it should not delay graduation a whole semester. Proper placement in your first math course is paramount to success and degree completion in engineering.
  • Are the results of the MPE binding? 
  • I already have AP/IB credit (or dual credit) for Calculus I. Can I be exempt from this test? 
    No, all incoming students are required to take the MPE test. Credit for Calculus I does not necessarily ensure adequate preparation for engineering calculus. 
  • Can I take the MPE during my new student conference?
    No. The college of engineering now requires students to take the exam by May 22nd. Your test scores will be reported to you and your advisor. Your advisor will interpret these scores to recommend the most appropriate math course you should take in your first semester at Texas A&M University.

Please check our Frequently Asked Questions page for additional answers to general questions we receive from newly admitted students.

Contact Information

Cathy Sperry
Assistant Director for Academic Support Services  
Engineering Academic and Student Affairs
Engineering Activities Building - B
3127 - Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3127
Phone: (979) 845-7200