UT Arlington, Department of Mathematics The University of Texas at Arlington

Mathematics Placement

Students who wish to enroll in Math 1303, 1322, 1323, 1324, 1325 and 1426 may be required to take the Math Placement Test (MPT). Certain students may be exempted from testing based on transfer credit from another college or university. Refer to the section below Who Needs to Take the MPT.

The MPT is provided to help students determine if they have retained necessary knowledge from previous math courses. Do NOT study for this test. If you study, the predictive value of the test is lost and you may earn a score that will place you in the wrong math class.

The MPT is available online at http://www.uta.mylabsplus.com and can be accessed from any computer. Click here for detailed test instructions which you MUST read before you can begin the test. It is imperative that you read the test instructions carefully.

Should you encounter problems accessing the MPT or if the system does not recognize your NetID, please send an email to the Learning Resource Director in the Mathematics Department, at mathplacement@uta.edu. Be sure to email from your UTA email address and include your NetID within the email. You may contact the Department of Mathematics at 817-272-3261 if you need additional information about the MPT.


Number of Attempts Allowed

Students are only allowed one attempt for the MPT.

You will not be allowed additional attempts because of technical difficulties with your Internet service or failure to follow instructions. If your Internet service is subject to interruptions, you may wish to take the test on campus at one of 10 University computer labs. For a complete listing of the computer labs on campus, go to http://www.uta.edu/oit/cs/computerlabs/index.php.

Students needing an additional attempt for certain degree plans should contact the Learning Resource Director in the Mathematics department, via email at mathplacement@uta.edu.


Academic Integrity

This test is subject to University rules on academic dishonesty. You are allowed to use a non-graphing calculator on the MPT, but you may not receive help from any source. Receiving or providing assistance on the MPT will be subject to discipline for academic dishonesty. It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University.


Who Needs to Take the MPT

The Mathematics Department recommends all students take the MPT in order to be placed in the appropriate math course that best fits you. Your eligibility to enroll in a particular math course however, varies from one math course to another, your prior college level math credit and the major you are in or plan to be in. The program will create an individualized study plan that you may use for free in order to prepare for a college level math course. After testing, simply click on the study plan tab within the site for details.

If you have transfer credit for a college level math class, you may not be required to take the MPT. You should contact the Math Office (817-272-3261) to inquire if your transfer credit exempts you from taking the MPT. It is always best to check with your academic advisor to determine if you are required to take the MPT.

Students in science and engineering majors are required to take the MPT regardless of SAT/ACT scores or transfer credit. Unless a student has obtained a C or better in MATH 1323, the MPT is required in order to register for MATH 1426.

Students seeking to enroll in MATH 1301, 1302, 1308, or 1315, DO NOT need to take the MPT. The only prerequisite for these classes is TSI compliance which can be obtained by successfully passing MATH 0302 or obtaining the appropriate score on the state TSI placement exam. Additional information about TSI can be found at http://www.uta.edu/admissions/tsi.php.


Test Description

The MPT is composed of 3 sections, all of which are timed:

  • Algebra (you have 60 minutes to complete 25 questions)

  • Precalculus (you have 45 minutes to complete 16 questions)

  • Trigonometry (you have 30 minutes to complete 9 questions)

Not all students will take all 3 parts. Students will start with the Algebra portion of the MPT. The MPT Algebra determines enrollment in Math 1303, 1322, 1324, and 1325. A score of 11 is required for Math 1303. A score of 17 or better is required for Math 1322, 1324, and 1325.

Students who receive a 17 or better on the Algebra portion of the MPT will proceed to the Precalculus portion. Students who receive a 9 or better on the Precalculus section will proceed to the Trigonometry portion of the test to determine if they are prepared for Calculus I (Math 1426) or if they need to take a preparatory course (Math 1323). A score of 9 or better on the MPT Precalculus is required for Math 1323. A score of 9 or better on the MPT Precalculus and a score of 4 or better on the MPT Trigonometry, in addition to the 17 or better achieved on the MPT Algebra portion, are required for Math 1426.


Protection of Personal Information

For the completion of placement testing, you will utilize MyMathTest by Pearson Education. In this process, basic personal information such as name, email address, and assignment score may be disclosed to and collected from Pearson. Your information may be used and/or stored by Pearson, for the purposes of hosting, maintaining and supporting the website, providing technical and customer support, processing payment, and managing and administering their business. Pearson takes reasonable contractual, technical and procedural measures to protect personal information and comply with applicable local laws and regulations while it is being processed, handled and/or stored by Pearson and its affiliates or vendors. Further information is available at: https://register.pearsoncmg.com/w3c/privacy.htm


Interpretation of Scores

Your MPT Score will be displayed after you click the "submit" button. Scores will generally be available in MyMav within two business days. You should discuss your scores with your academic advisor. You may also direct general MPT questions to the Math Office, 478 PKH, phone 817-272-3261.