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Recommended action items for students with Math Placement Exam 4 scores below 22:

After taking your MPE, it is possible to use the remaining months of the summer to become calculus-ready for the fall semester. Options range from taking a pre-calculus course at your local community college to signing up for Texas A&M’s Personalized Pre-calculus Program (PPP) or studying on your own and retaking the MPE4 in July or August. More information about pursuing these and other options will be provided to impacted students following their exam date.

Post-MPE Recommendations

Following are recommendations to help you use your remaining time this summer to become Calculus-ready for the fall semester. Because your success in math is critical to your success as an engineering student, we recommend one of the following pathways to help you prepare for enrollment in MATH 151 this fall. 

Option 1 - Take a pre-calculus class this summer (This option is most feasible between June and July)

  • Successful completion of pre-calculus (Texas A&M MATH 150 equivalent) this summer with a grade of A or B puts you on a direct path to take MATH 151 this fall!  You can find MATH 150 equivalent classes at most community colleges. Equivalent classes for most institutions can be found in the Transfer Course Equivalency guide. Be sure to send your transcript to Texas A&M once you’ve completed the class. If you are enrolled in Texas A&M Engineering at Blinn, be sure to send your transcript to Blinn College. 

Option 2 - Enroll in the Personalized Precalculus Program (PPP) and take one online-proctored MPE4 after successful completion of the PPP

  • Enroll in the Personalized Pre-calculus Program (PPP) at Texas A&M, a three-week, fully online program designed to improve the success rates of students who will be taking a calculus class at Texas A&M. The PPP program fee is $225. The short summer sessions are designed to reinforce or reteach, the prerequisite concepts and skills that are needed for students to be successful in calculus. More information is available online at ppp.tamu.edu. This option allows you to retake one online-proctored MPE4 immediately after you complete the PPP. Be sure to contact your assigned academic advisor after you complete your MPE4 retake. 

Option 3 - Independent-study and retake the MPE4 in late July or early August

  • If you need a more economical option, you can study independently and then retake the MPE4 in late July or early August. The math department provides several resources for your use.
    • Take a web-based MPE4 practice exam by logging in to your Howdy Portal.  Navigate to the Applicant tab and follow the instructions for the Math Placement Exam.  Engineering students can take up to five web-based practice tests and there is no waiting period between each practice exam. 
    • The math department also provides a “pencil and paper” practice test for your use (e.g., MPE Practice Test, MPE Practice Test Solutions).  The “pencil and paper” practice test is very much like the web-based practice exam except there are no multiple choice answers.  Reminder: Calculators are not allowed during the exam.
    • Registration information for MPE retakes will be posted in July 2021.

Option 4 – Maximize Credit by Examination for MATH 150

  • College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams are offered for students who want to earn college credit and can be taken at Texas A&M or your local testing center.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) credit cannot be used in place of the math placement exam, however, the appropriate minimum score allows you the opportunity to enroll in MATH 151 in the fall semester. Please consult your academic advisor to discuss your pathway. 

Exam

Score

Course Credit Earned

Recommended First Course

Further Mathematics SL

5

MATH 150

Take MATH 151

Mathematics SL

4

MATH 150

Take MATH 151

Mathematics HL

4

MATH 150

Take MATH 151

Mathematics HL

5

MATH 150 and MATH 151

Take MATH 151

Mathematics Methods SL

5

MATH 150

Take MATH 151

Mathematics Studies SL

5

MATH 150

Take MATH 151