All first time undergraduate students entering the College receive a Math Proficiency Level (MPL) as part of the admissions process. College courses express math prerequisites in terms of the MPL. Students can raise their MPL by taking math courses or by taking a mathematics placement exam offered by the Math Department. A grade of C- or better in the following courses qualifies students for the MPL indicated: MAT151 = 3, MAT152 = 4, MAT181 = 5, MAT251 = 6.
There are three levels of the mathematics placement examination: Basic Algebra Test, College Algebra Test, and Pre-Calculus Test. Each level can only be taken once. Sign-up is not necessary to take this examination. Bring a No. 2 pencil and a picture ID. Results will be posted the following day. Testing dates and times for Math Placement Exams are posted at http://www.newpaltz.edu/math/placement.html.