What is the Math Placement Level Exam (MPLEX)?

This exam will satisfy the mathematical prerequisite requirements for math, statistics and related courses. Keep in mind that placement exam scores are only good for one year. If you do not pass a math class within one year of testing, you will need to take the placement exam again.Please be aware that Montana State University - Bozeman accepts this exam only. If you have taken another math placement exam at another University, including another MUS school, it is non-transferable to MSU.

For questions regarding prerequisites, please visit our Prerequisites and Policy page.

For questions regarding which exam to take or course prerequisites, please call the Department of Mathematical Sciences at 406-994-3601.

Taking the Placement Exam

The math placement exam must be taken in the controlled, proctored environment of the MSU Testing Services Center or during the first day of Orientation in the announced Montana State University-Bozeman computer lab. To schedule an appointment with Testing Services, please call 406-994-6984 or testing@montana.edu. No walk-ins will be accepted. The MPLEX is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Please bring:

  • A picture ID
  • Something to write with; paper will be provided
  • A calculator

Preparing for the MPLEX

Exam Results and Placement Level

You will receive a score immediately upon finishing your exam. Your score will available to instructors, including your adviser by accessing Banner the following morning.