Frequently asked questions

What is the Mathematics Placement Exam?

The Mathematics Placement Exam is an exam created by MWSU faculty using institutional data to more accurately place students into courses that they will have a higher opportunity to succeed in.

Do I have to take the Mathematics Placement Exam to enter MAT110, MAT112 or MAT116?

Yes, unless one of the following applies:
you have an ACT mathematics sub-score of at least 22
you have general education credit in mathematics with a D or better.

I don't like charts, is there a interactive website that shows me all of my math options?

Interactive website of Mathematics Placement at MWSU

Can I retake the Mathematics Placement Exam?

Yes, you can retake the Mathematics Placement Exam as often as you like but you will only be allowed one attempt per calendar week.

What is on the Mathematics Placement Exam?

Material that is needed to be successful in College level Mathematics. A full listing of subjects and objectives can be found on our Topic List

What can I do to prepare for the Mathematics Placement Exam?

Once you have your G-number, you can access our integrated learning environment that will give you access to video tutorials and on-line homework sets to help prepare for the Mathematics Placement Exam. You may also want to try our Sample Mathematics Placement Exam

I am a Dual Credit student, where do I go?

Please see the Western Institute site, Western Institute

As a Dual Credit student, do I have to register early?

YES! You must register at least 24 hours prior to exam. Please see the Western Institute site, Western Institute

What is my username and password for the Mathematics Placement Exam and it's on-line resources?

It is your G# along with the mmdd of your date of birth. For example:
username: G00123456
password: 0428

I cannot log into the on-line resources, who should I contact?

If you experience problems with your G# or the mmdd of your date of birth, please contact the Admissions Office at 816-271-4266 to verify your information.

How do I access the Mathematics Placement Exam?

Placement.missouriwestern.edu. The Mathematics Placement Exam is a proctored exam, so you do not have direct access to it. However you do have access to the Sample Mathematics Placement Exam and also the full range of possible questions that can be asked on the Mathematics Placement Exam.

Where do I take the Mathematics Placement Exam?

The Mathematics Placement Exam is a proctored exam given on the MWSU campus. For any questions, please contact the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics at 816-271-4288.

Can I use my own calculator during the Mathematics Placement Exam?

A four function calculator along with a piece of paper and special instructions will be made available during the Mathematics Placement Exam. No other calculators or electronic devices are permissible during the exam.

Will I be given instructions before taking the Mathematics Placement Exam?

YES! In fact you can read about the exam instructions MPE instructions

How do I schedule a time to take the Mathematics Placement Exam?

Click here to schedule a time

What about Testing Accommodations for the Mathematics Placement Exam?

If you have a documented disability with the Academic Resource Center, ARC, for which you receive testing accommodations at MWSU, you must request the accommodation(s) prior to testing. To ensure that your accommodations are met, a copy of your accessibility plan must be given to Deb Smith in Agentein Hall 140 at least 24 hours prior to your testing appointment. For any questions, please contact the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics at 816-271-4288.

How will I know my results from the Mathematics Placement Exam?

Within 10 minutes of the end of your exam, an email will be sent to your school email detailing what score you received. When you receive a placement score that grants you access to enroll in a course, your registration restrictions will be removed by 8pm that night. This will be expedited during registration days to allow visiting students to register before returning home.

What are the ranges of Math Placement Exam scores?

A student who scores between 0%-39% has the choice to retake the Mathematics Placement Exam, or enroll in MAT081.
A student who receives between a 40%-69% on the Placement test will be allowed to enroll in MAT110E.
A student who receives a grade of 70%-100% will be allowed to register in MAT110, MAT112, or MAT116.

Is there a video introduction to the Mathematics Placement Exam?

Yes there is!