Mathematics Placement Exam
The Mathematics Placement Exam is designed to assess the level of your preparedness for college level mathematics. Almost all students will take at least one mathematics course during their time at Merrimack, so ensuring that you begin with one for which you are prepared is an important first step. Your performance on this exam will not adversely affect your admission status, your eligibility for financial aid, or your grade in any course. We do not want you to waste your time or your money taking a mathematics course that is too hard for you or too easy for you; the results of this exam will enable us to determine the appropriate mathematics course for you to take based on your demonstrated ability and your choice of major.
TAKING THE MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT EXAM:
This exam is available online through the College’s Blackboard Academic Suite. Please refer to your welcome letter sent to you via mail for your log-in information.
Please complete the exam as soon as possible after you make your deposit.
Once you log in, select the “course” Mathematics Placement Exam where you will find additional instructions about taking the exam and interpreting your results.
As the online directions indicate, you will have one hour to complete the exam. You may use pencil and paper for your calculations but you should not use any books, notes, or calculators. You should not receive assistance from any individuals while taking this exam. As soon as you complete the exam, you will receive your exam score. Refer back to the online directions for information about which mathematics course is appropriate for your score and your choice of major. Within a few days after you complete the exam, the Mathematics Department will notify the Registrar’s Office of your exam score and you will be able to register for an appropriate mathematics course.
If you have any questions before, during, or after the exam, please contact Dr. Michael St. Vincent in the Department of Mathematics at Michael.StVincent@Merrimack.edu.
FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS:
Please refer to the Transfer Credit Evaluation Sheet which was sent to you by the Admissions Office; this document reflects the courses that Merrimack College has already accepted in transfer as well as any that may still be under review.
FOR CURRENT MERRIMACK COLLEGE STUDENTS:
You must take the Merrimack College Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) before you register for your first math course unless you have transfer credit for MTH 1115 or MTH 1217. Our MPE is administered as a “course” through the College’s Blackboard Academic Suite.
If you have not taken the MPE but are enrolled in the MPE “course” on Blackboard, you can log in, read the directions, and complete the exam. When you have completed the MPE, send an e-mail to Dr. Michael St. Vincent in the Department of Mathematics at Michael.StVincent@Merrimack.edu informing him of this fact; in this e-mail, please indicate your major, so he can tell the Registrar’s Office which mathematics courses you should be allowed to take.
If you have not taken the MPE and it is not listed on Blackboard as one of the courses in which you are currently enrolled, contact Dr. Michael St. Vincent in the Department of Mathematics by e-mail at Michael.StVincent@merrimack.edu.
If you have previously taken the MPE but do not feel that the exam result is an accurate reflection of your current level of mathematical ability, you may retake the exam in a proctored environment by making an appointment with Mrs. Kathleen Mushow LeBlanc, Secretary of the Department of Mathematics, at 978-837-5499 or by e-mail at email@example.com.