UD Math Placement Program

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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 assessment. 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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Does everyone have to take the Math Placement Exam?

Yes, unless by the due date you have:

  • Received test credit for a UD course by earning a score of 5 on an AP Calculus or Precalculus exam, a score of 4 or higher on an IB math exam, or the minimum score required on a CLEP mathematics exam. (Scores for exams taken this year typically arrive after your NSO appointment, so in that case you should take the MPX. Your advisor can change your registration later if you achieve a high enough score.)
  • Received transfer credit (from other colleges, or dual enrollment programs in high schools) for any UD MATH course other than 166DE or 266DE.

If you qualify under one of these exceptions, consult this chart to determine the next math course you may need to take.​

How can I verify if the credits I took at another institution will exempt me from taking the Math Placement Exam.

​To verify if the course you took as dual enrollment will exempt you from taking the Math Placement Test, please follow the steps below. 

  1. Is the college course you took currently on the matrix
  2. If the course is not on the matrix, please have it evaluated using this link.
  3. If the course is on the matrix: 
  • The course transfers as MATH166DE, MATH266DE, STAT200 or UNIV166DE. You need to take the Math Placement Test.
  • The course transfers as MATH113. You need to take the Math Placement Test UNLESS this course satisfies the requirement of your major. You can verify if MATH113 satisfies the requirement of your major by using the UD academic catalog
  • ​The course transfers as MATH114, MATH115, MATH117, MATH221, MATH231 or MATH241. There is no need to take the Math Placement Test, but you may need to take more math courses to satisfy the requirements of your major. Please discuss with your advisor and keep in mind that you must get at least a C- for the course to transfer. 

There is no written confirmation sent or needed for exemption.

Incoming student - If the credits for the course you are transferring have not yet been posted to your profile and you need to meet with your advisor to pick classes, please have an unofficial copy of your transcript available. Your advisor will be able to use the transcript to verify your credits and register you for your classes.

​Your first a​​ttempt

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.

​How can I take the math placement exam?

If you are a Fall 2024 incoming student, the test is now open. Instructions can be found on on your student portal to schedule the math placement exam​.​

All attempts must be scheduled with a live proctor since they have the password for the exam​.

You can schedule an in-person test at one of our 3 testing centers located in Delaware.

Delaware​ Tech Jack F. Owens Campus

Jason Building, Room 182, 18800 Seashore Highway (Rte. 18/404)​​​

If you are unable to schedule the test at one of our testing centers, please send an email including your UDID# to math-questions@udel.edu. ​

What is the format​​ of the exam?

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 exam is to ascertain your mathematical skills which include the ability to do math operations without the assistance of a calculator.​

You will be allowed 2.5 hours to complete the exam​.​

What can I do to get ready for the exam?

To prepare for the MPX, you should consider revisiting important concepts from your high school classes of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Algebra 2, and/or Precalculus. You are not expected to master concepts that you have not studied. We use the ALEKS placement system to place you into the math course that matches your incoming knowledge level so that you will be successful.

If you want to prepare for the MPX, review the list of topics below and complete related practice problems to refresh your memory. There are many online resources available to review and practice relevant topics; use Google or other search engines to find relevant resources.

After your first attempt, you will have access to the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module, which creates a personalized review for you based on the result of your first attempt.

General list of topics for the placement exam:

  • Whole Numbers, Fractions, and Decimals
  • Percents, Proportions, and Geometry
  • Signed Numbers, Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • Lines and Systems of Linear Equations
  • Relations and Functions
  • Exponents (integer and rational)
  • Factoring
  • Quadratic and Polynomial Functions
  • Rational Expressions and Functions
  • Radicals and Rational Exponents
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Trigonometry

Who do I contact if I am allowed exam​ accommodation du​​e to a disability?

Please contact 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.

Can I still take t​​he Math Placement Exam after the deadline?

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.

After your first attempt​

​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).

  • ​Subsequent attempts are scheduled using the same protocol as for the first; follow the instructions in the student portal.
  • There must be 48 hours between attempts.
  • Your highest score will be used to determine your placement.

You will spend time in a Prep and Learning (P&L) module in ALEKS to better prepare for the additional attempts.

  • If your goal is to enroll in MATH 114, MATH 115, or MATH 231, choose "Prep for Pre-calculus". If your goal is to enroll in a MATH 221 or MATH 241, choose "Prep for Calculus". NOTE: Once you make the choice, you cannot change it! ​
  • You must spend at least 5 hours in P&L between MPX 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.​

How can I access ALEKS ​to complete the revision module?​

You can access ALEKS through the original link you use to complete the test on your first attempt.

Here is the link for your convenience Math Placement Exam​.​

You can view specific instructions on how to a​ccess the revision module here​

Other Questions

If you have questions that are not covered by this ​page or the information in the student portal, please contact us via e-mail or access our Zoom office hours (schedule to be announced).​

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