Math Placement Exam

Math Placement Exam (MPE)

Freshmen admitted to the 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 MATH 151, a student must have an MPE score of 22 or greater.

The table below indicates the required math courses based upon the MPE scores. Students in the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Blinn-Bryan program will take the equivalent math courses through Blinn College.

MPE Score Math Course 
22-33 MATH 151 - Engineering Mathematics I
15-21 MATH 150 Functions, Trigonometry and Linear Systems
<15 ENGR 289 Engineering Fundamentals

Taking the MPE and Next Steps for Preparation

During your New Student Conference (NSC), you will be required to complete the Math Placement Exam (MPE) prior to registering for courses.  In preparation for the MPE, you can take up to two practice exams through our web-based testing system.

Note the following:

  • The web-based testing system requires a 2 week waiting period between exams. 
  • Scores earned on the proctored exam during the NSC will be used to place students in the appropriate level math course. Scores earned on the practice exams will not qualify students to take MATH 151.
  • Calculators are not allowed during the exam.
  • Only students will be allowed into the testing area during their NSC.

For more information about the Math Placement Exam (MPE), please visit the Department of Mathematics site.

Testing Accommodations

Disability Services (DS) provides testing accommodations for eligible students with disabilities. Reasonable testing accommodations are provided to allow students with documented disabilities an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. In order to receive testing accommodations for any of the tests offered through New Student Conferences, the student must submit documentation to DS at least two weeks prior to the scheduled testing date. Please contact the Disability Services office at (979) 845-1637 or visit http://disability.tamu.edu/requestingaccommodations/.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I take the MPE?
    The college of engineering requires students to take the exam during their NSC. Your test scores will be reported to you and your academic 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. In College Station, the MPE will occur on day 2 of the NSC, from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. In Galveston, the MPE will occur on day 1 of the NSC, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. In McAllen, students will register for a MPE testing date. Registration information coming soon.

  • 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 if I score less than a 22 on the MPE? 
    The MPE is the best single indicator of student performance in the math courses. Our goal is to set students up for success in the math courses. If a student scores less than 22 on the MPE, the student is required to begin in MATH 150 (for MPE scores between 15 and 21) or ENGR 289 (for MPE scores less than 15).
  • If I take MATH 150 or ENGR 289 the first semester, will I still be able to apply for entry to a major during my second semester? 
    Yes, students enrolled in MATH 150 or ENGR 289 are still able to apply for entry to a major during the second semester, as indicated on the Entry-to-a-Major website
  • Will taking MATH 150 or ENGR 289 delay my graduation? 
    If you do not take the proper math course and fail, graduation will be delayed. MATH 150 or ENGR 289 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? 
    Yes.
  • 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.

Contact Information

Laura Olivarez
Assistant Director of Freshman Engineering Academic Advising Services  
Engineering Academic and Student Affairs
Engineering Activities Building - B
3127 - Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3127
Phone: (979) 845-7200
Email: easa@tamu.edu