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On-Campus Math Placement Exam

Upcoming on-campus MPE test sessions are TBD.  All on-campus testing is free. Advance registration is required. Contact if you have questions or to cancel your reservations.

Retake Policy

The MPE is shown to be a valid and reliable measure to predict student achievement in their placed class. Therefore, we do not recommend for students to retake the MPE except when one year has lapsed as results are only valid for one year.  Students should enroll in the class that they are placed to without delay. 

There is a 30-day wait period if students decide to retake the MPE.  Our data show that students who engaged in focused math coursework and review made better progress towards earning a higher placement. Consult the Recommended Review section for self-review links. 

MPE results from students who retake prior to the 30-day waiting period will not be processed.  Students are expected to enforce the retake policy when registering for and attending an exam session. 

Important Information

  • Pre-registration is required (no walk-ins are allowed).
  • Registration will be closed at 11:30pm the night before the MPE. ***SEATS ARE LIMITED***
  • Students are allowed to register for only one test date. Multiple dates will be deleted.
  • Bring your UCSD PID Number. 
  • You must cancel your registration 24 hours prior to the test time if you are not able to attend the session. Students who do not cancel within 24 hours and who do not show up to the test, can be placed on a waitlist.
  • Students may take the student-paid MPE via ProctorU for $20.
  • Check-in begins 20 minutes prior to the start of the exam at the first floor lobby of the Applied Physics and Mathematics (AP&M) building.
  • Late students will not be admitted to the exam.

What you Need for Testing

The following items are needed and permitted for testing:

  • Your UCSD PID number.  Your results cannot be posted if you do not use your PID number.
  • A current photo ID.  Accepted IDs include: UC San Diego ID card, State ID or Passport, or High School ID (for first-year students)
  • #2 pencil and eraser
  • 2 sheets of blank paper
  • No Calculators are allowed on the MPE. 

Your MPE Results

Get MPE Results

To view your results. You must use your TritonLink login with your PID as the username.

MPE results are processed and posted everyday (except during holidays or campus breaks) during regular office hours the first working day after the test was taken.