Students who lack the prerequisites for direct entry into MATH 097, 101, 105, 108, 116 or 190 may choose to write the appropriate Mathematics Placement Test to gain admission into these courses.

Students wanting to enrol in an entry-level course listed in the table below must write a placement test if they do not satisfy the prerequisite requirements for the course as listed in the table below.

Students who completed their prerequisite course more than twelve months ago are encouraged to write the MPT to assess their current math skills.

View the Prerequisite Grid (pdf) Entry Courses for our Math and Statistics courses. 

Math Placement Tests are offered on a regularly-scheduled basis throughout the year - please check the schedule below.  MPT guides are available in the Registrar's Office (Birch Building, room BR230), the MLC (Birch Building, room BR126E) and at the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) office (Fir Building, room FR471).

Basic MPT

for placement into MATH 097, 101, 190

Precalculus MPT

for placement into MATH 105

Calculus MPT

for placement into MATH 108, 116

With the exception of the placement test for admission into MATH 097, students are not allowed to rewrite the same level of placement test within a twelve-month period. The waiting period to rewrite the placement test for entry into MATH 097 is one month or longer.

An MPT Registration Form (pdf) and an MPT guide are available in the Registrar's Office (Birch Building, room BR230) and in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) office (Fir Building, room FR471). The MPT guide (shown below) provides sample problems and references to other study materials.  

To write the MPT you must:  

  • Have a valid Capilano University student number.
  • Fill out the MPT Registration Form (pdf) and either take it to the Cashier’s Office (Birch Building, room BR214) to pay the $25 fee prior to writing the test or complete the MPT Credit Card Payment Form (pdf) and either email a scanned copy of this completed credit card form to the Cashier's Office at cashiers@capilanou.ca or fax it to 604 984 1723.
  • Arrive at your test session at least 15 minutes before the start of the test.
  • You must bring the completed Math Placement Test Registration Form and Photo ID to the test. Calculators are not permitted in the test.
  • Allow at least one day for the test to be graded and the results recorded. Your test results, which can be picked up from the Registrar's Office (Birch Building, room BR230), will include a statement of eligibility for Capilano University mathematics courses, as well as a diagnostic assessment.

Note: You are not allowed to rewrite the Precalculus or the Calculus MPT for admission into courses within a one-year period.

The next Math Placement Test will be written as outlined below. Students required to take a Math Placement Test for entry into a Math course or STAT 101 offered in the Summer 2019 semester should:

Prior to March 18, 2019

DateTimeWhere
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 6–8 p.m. Birch Building, room BR205

April 29 - May 8, 2019

Contact the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) office by email at sciences@capilanou.ca or at 604 990 7856 to book an appointment to write the MPT during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.  As the test is 2 hours long, the latest sitting starts at 1:45 p.m. 

Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis. Spacing is limited. All tests are written in the Fir Building, room FR471. Twenty-four hours' notice is required to cancel any booking. You will be given only one opportunity to rebook your test.  

Before writing a Math Placement Test, you must pick up a Math Placement Test Registration Form at the Registrar's Office (Birch Building, room BR230) or print a copy of the MPT Registration Form (pdf), fill it out and either take it to the Cashier's Office (Birch Building, room BR214) to pay the $25 fee prior to writing the test or complete the MPT Credit Card Payment Form (pdf) and either email a scanned copy of this completed credit card form to the Cashier's Office at cashiers@capilanou.ca or fax it to 604 984 1723.

Arrive at your test session at least 15 minutes before the start of the test. Calculators are not permitted in the test. You must bring the completed Math Placement Test Registration Form and Photo ID to the test.

Allow at least one day for the test to be graded and the results recorded. Your test results, which can be picked up from the Registrar's Office (Birch Building, room BR230), will include a statement of eligibility for Capilano University mathematics courses, as well as a diagnostic assessment.

Test results from this testing period are valid for Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms .

Note: With the exception of the placement test for admission into MATH 097, students are not allowed to rewrite the same level of placement test within a twelve-month period. The waiting period to rewrite the placement test for entry into MATH 097 is one month or longer.

See also:

Students are strongly advised to prepare for the MPT. Resources and reference links are provided below for each level of the MPT.

Basic MPT

Sample Questions:

Sample Basic MPT Questions (pdf) | Answers (pdf)

Resources:

Basic MPT Materials (pdf) - references and sample questions

www.mathsisfun.com/numbers

Open Stax Pre-Algebra

Precalculus MPT

Sample Questions:

Sample Precalculus MPT Questions (pdf) | Answers (pdf)

Resources:

Precalculus MPT Materials (pdf) - references and sample questions

www.purplemath.com

Open Stax Intermediate Algebra

Calculus MPT

Sample Questions:

Sample Calculus MPT Questions (pdf) | Answers (pdf)

Resources:

Calculus MPT Materials (pdf) - references and sample questions

Open Stax Algebra and Trig