Department of Mathematics

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Department of Mathematics

Math Placement

All first-time undergraduate students entering the College receive a Math Placement Level (MPL) as part of the admissions process. The level is determined by previously taken mathematics courses and standardized test scores including New York State Regents exams and SAT/ACT exams. College courses express math prerequisites in terms of the MPL. Students can raise their MPL by taking specific math courses or by taking Mathematics Placement Exams (MPEs) offered by the Math Department during the first week of every semester. You are encouraged to review the material in the sample exams posted below before taking an exam.

There are three levels of MPEs: basic algebra exam (passing this exam gives MPL 3), college algebra exam (passing this exam gives MPL 4), and precalculus exam (passing this exam gives MPL 5). All three exams are offered at each testing date. Only one exam can be taken on one testing date. Any one level of exam can only be taken one time in your college career at New Paltz. Sign-up is not necessary to take this examination. Bring a No. 2 pencil and a picture ID. Calculators are not permitted. Results will be posted the following day.

For more information, call Math Placement Coordinator Melissa Cass at 845-257-3444 or e-mail her at

Exams will be scheduled three times during the first week of spring and fall semesters and one time during the summer. Dates will be posted as soon as they are scheduled.

Mathematics Placement Examinations Scheduled:

DateStart TimeLocation
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9 a.m. Humanities 201

Sample Exams:

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