# Math Placement

It gives us a snapshot of your understanding and of basic math concepts and your grasp of the math skills that you will need to take our courses. The goal of the exam is to increase your chances of success at Suffolk by placing you in a math course for which you have been adequately prepared.

## FAQ

### Q: How do I take the exam?

- Access the exam through the Suffolk Canvas platform*
- Click Canvas in the navigation bar at the top of the page (if the page does not load, make sure you disable your pop-up blocker).
- In the 'My Courses' box, you should see a link to the Math Placement Exam.
- Read through the on-screen instructions and begin.

*Students will receive instructions about the Math Placement Exam when it opens in early May. If after receiving the instructions you need assistance logging in, please contact the Suffolk Help Desk or call 617-557-2000.

### Q: Who needs to take the exam?

All first year students must take the Math Placement Exam (MPE). Transfer students are strongly encouraged to take the MPE. However, transfer students who have already fulfilled the math requirement at another institution may be exempt from taking the MPE. Some majors require a specific math course. Students who are not transferring in the particular math course required by the major should take the placement exam.

### Q: What is the exam like?

**Timing:**You are allowed 60 minutes to take the exam, but many students will be able to complete it in less time. Once you start the exam the clock will start running. It will continue to run even if you click "save and quit.‟ Once the time runs out, your exam will be locked. You must complete the exam in one uninterrupted sitting. Make sure you have scrap paper, pencils and your calculator next to your computer before you begin.**Types of questions:**The exam is a set of 35 multiple-choice questions. They start from basic arithmetic, then progress to algebra 1 and 2 and trigonometry similar to standard high school classes. It is not expected that everyone can answer all questions. Answer as many as you can.**Should I guess?**It is best to limit guessing to problems in which you can eliminate all but two choices. In general, a student will get the most accurate course placement if he or she does not guess. Guessing could lead to you being placed into a course that is beyond your math ability.

### Q: When and where do I take the exam?

You will take the exam online. In most cases this will be at home before coming to Orientation. You will receive an email from the University with information on how to access the exam.

### Q: If I don't take it before, will the exam be offered at orientation?

We strongly encourage all students to take the exam prior to Orientation. Students who take the exam prior to Orientation will know earlier which level math class to take and will have a wider set of choices of class times at registration.

### Q: How should I prepare for the exam?

While it is not necessary to prepare for the test, many students like to review some beforehand. For your convenience, we offer sample problems and answers below.

### Q: When will I find out my exam results?

Your math placement level will be available under Placement Results in Workday Student once it is processed. Placement records are sent to the Registrar typically within three business days of when your exam was completed, atfer which the Registrar processes and posts them.

### Q: What math course should I take based on my math placement score?

You should register for a math course that satisfies the math requirement for your major. If your score is not high enough to take a math course that satisfies the math requirement, you should register for the pre-requisite for that required course. You can find detailed guides separated by math placement score listing which course for each major you should take:

MATH PLACEMENT SCORE OF 5 [PDF]

MATH PLACEMENT SCORE OF 15 [PDF]

MATH PLACEMENT SCORE OF 25 [PDF]

MATH PLACEMENT SCORE OF 35 [PDF]

MATH PLACEMENT SCORE OF 45 [PDF]

### Q: Can I take a lower level math course than the one that corresponds to my math placement score?

You can take any math course that satisfies the math requirement for your major. However if you score a high math level (like a score of 45) and register for a lower level math course (like Math 128) you might find that you already know all of the math content in the course, and you would benefit more from taking a higher level course.

### Q: What if I need extra-time accommodations?

If you are in need of any accommodations that allow for extended test-taking time, please contact the Office of Disability Services.

### Q: Can I put off the math requirement until later?

It is wise to not wait. Many courses depend on math as a prerequisite. In some majors, your entire degree program may be delayed if you delay math. Also, the longer the time since your last math course, the more difficult it is to remember what you knew. Once we humans start procrastinating it is hard to stop! No special favors are available for students who wait until senior year and then fail. Math is a requirement at Suffolk because we believe that a college educated person must know some mathematics in order to have any chance at all of understanding the world and its problems.

### Q: What if I'm placed in the wrong math level?

During the first meeting of all math classes, instructors spend time discussing the content and prerequisites for the courses. If it turns out that you have chosen the wrong math course it may be possible to move from one class to another during the “Add-Drop Period” (usually the first week of class).

### Q: What else do I need to know about the exam?

You are on your honor when taking the test. You may use paper and pencil to work the problems and a calculator. You should not receive help from others, or use books or other resources such as web sites for help. Your success in a course is unlikely if you are placed above your current ability.

### Q: How do I find my math placement score?

If you are looking to find your Math placement, please follow these instructions:

- Log into Workday
- On the right hand side, click on the person icon and click on View Profile.
- Click on the Academics section and click on External Records
- You will be able to see your Math Placement Exam(s) and any other education tests (if applicable) here.

*Note: It can take up to 3 business days from when you complete your math placement for your score to be submitted to the Registrar who will then need to process it before you results appear.*

Your score will not be emailed to you.