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Preparing for the Math Placement Exam 4 before your scheduled testing date

The Math Placement Exam 4 (MPE4) will test your knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, exponentials, etc. While the exam does not test your calculus knowledge, you should take it seriously and prepare for it well ahead of your scheduled testing date (i.e., review material, self-study and take practice exams).

In preparation for the MPE4, engineering students should take a web-based practice exam. Taking a web-based practice exam enables you to receive real-time feedback as you progress through each problem. This is the perfect way to brush up on math concepts that you haven’t seen in a while.

You can access web-based MPE4 practice exams 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 exams, and there is no waiting period between each practice exam.

The math department also provides a “pencil and paper” MPE Practice Test for MATH 147/151/171 and MPE Practice Test Solutions for your use. The “pencil and paper” practice test is much like the web-based practice exam, except there are no multiple choice answers. 


  • Scores earned on the online proctored exam (offered by the College of Engineering and College of Science) will be used to place students in the appropriate level math course. Scores earned on the web-based practice exams will not qualify students to take MATH 151.
  • Calculators are not allowed during the exam.