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The purpose of the Math Placement Exam (MPX) is to make sure that students begin their mathematical studies at UD in a course for which they are prepared and in which they can succeed. In that spirit, you cannot register for a course with a higher MPX threshold than the score you have earned.
The MPX is not a pass-or-fail exam. Your performance on the MPX does not affect your admission to UD. If your score does not meet the desired threshold, you may attempt the MPX again (up to 5 times total) to improve the result, and the MPX computer program (ALEKS) provides opportunities to study between attempts.
The Mathematical Sciences department only administers the MPX; and we have posted some limited information about course sequencing. If you have questions about which course to actually take, how your placement will affect progress through your major, etc., you should contact your advisor.
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unless by the due date you have:
If you qualify under one of these exceptions, consult
this chart to determine the next math course you may need to take.
The MPX program is free to incoming students. When you matriculated, you should have received information in the student portal indicating which testing process you should follow. You should complete your first MPX attempt by January 22, 2024 to be guaranteed a seat in your desired class during your New Student Orientation (NSO) appointment.
The MPX is administered on a computer using an adaptive program called ALEKS. It covers many major areas of high school mathematics, such as algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, and trigonometry. You may not use any notes or outside resources. ALEKS will make a calculator available when the question requires it. It will not be available at all times. The goal of the assessment is to ascertain your mathematical skills which include the ability to do math operations without the assistance of a calculator.
You will be allowed two hours to complete the exam.
There is no preparation module or revision material available through ALEKS to help you prepare for your first attempt. Review of your high school mathematics material is encouraged. You can find some resources online, but we do not endorse any of them.
Disability Support Services to discuss the procedure for obtaining an exam accommodation. It is best to complete this process
BEFORE your first attempt, so you should contact them as soon as possible after matriculation.
Yes. We will accept new scores after the deadline but cannot guarantee you a seat in your desired math class. Moreover, certain majors require you to be enrolled in a particular math class in order to register for their core classes so delay will affect your enrollment in those classes as well.
Check if your score is high enough to enroll in your desired math course. If so, you do not need to take additional attempts unless there are circumstances (change of major, etc) where you may need a higher-level math course in the future.
If your score is not high enough, then you may make additional attempts (up to five total).
You will spend time in a
Prep and Learning (P&L) module in ALEKS to better prepare for the additional attempts.
The 5-hour limit is the
BARE MINIMUM that you should spend in P&L. Your focus should be to fill in your Learning Pie as completely as possible before your next attempt. To work efficiently, focus on the topics where the Learning Pie is not filled in very much.
If you cannot achieve a high enough score to enroll in the math course you need, you will need to complete a
course for which you have met the threshold to prepare you for your desired course.
If you have questions that are not covered by this or page or the information in the student portal, please contact us via e-mail or access our Zoom office hours (schedule to be announced).