Math Placement Test (MPT)

What is the MPT?

The purpose of the Math Placement Test (MPT) is to ensure that students have a realistic chance at success in first year calculus.

Based on their test scores, students will be directed to enroll in calculus (MATH 1001 or MATH 1003) or to enroll in the pre-calculus course (MATH 1863). The pre-calculus course provides students with the mathematical background and analytical skills required for the study of Calculus. This places students in a much stronger position for success in Calculus. Indeed, since the implementation of the MPT, success rates in our first year calculus courses have shown significant improvement.

The MPT is required for BOTH Math 1003 and Math 1001.

When can I take the MPT?

New students taking MATH 1001 or MATH 1003:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. in Irving Hall 107, or
  • Monday, Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. in Irving Hall 107

Note to students:

  1. If possible, incoming fall students should take the test at the first session, Sept 6. 
  2. Please arrive early and bring your UNB student number.
  3. Calculators are not permitted at the MPT.

If you have concerns about the MPT, please speak to your academic advisor for additional scheduling options.

Do I have an exemption from the MPT?

The MPT is required if you're planning on taking Math 1003 Calculus I or Math 1001 Calculus for Life Science for the first time unless you have one of the listed exemptions. If you know that you have been exempted from writing the MPT then please do not write the test. You can check to see if your student ID number is on the exemption list.

Possible exemptions:

  • You passed UNB's Calculus Challenge Exam.
  • Your UNB transcript shows pass (C or better) in any UNB MATH course.
  • Your UNB transcript shows that you once failed Math 1003 or Math 1001.


Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are provided by the Student Accessibility Centre. If you are a student with a disability and would like to discuss potential accommodations for the Math Placement Test, you are encouraged to contact Ken Craft, Student Accessibility Counsellor.

How can I prepare for the MPT?

The M.P.T. will be used to assess your mathematical knowledge and skills in various high school topics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc. but excluding calculus. UNB Saint John offers resources to assist with understanding and preparing for first year calculus as well as MPT sample questions.  UNB Saint John will also be hosting "Preparing for University Calculus" Workshops from August 28 - 30. Please register by August 22 at (free for UNB students).

Where can I find my MPT results?

Results will be posted outside the Math Dept offices on the 2nd floor of KC Irving Hall. They will also be posted outside of the Undergraduate Advisor's office - Oland Hall G11A. Based on your test score results, and the regulations set out by the UNBSJ Mathematics department, you will be directed to take one of the following: MATH 1003 Introduction to Calculus I or MATH 1001 Calculus for Life Sciences (passing score) or Math 1863 Precalculus Math (non-passing score).

It is recommended that students who received a score of 2 on the Math Placement Test register for MATH 1863 – Precalculus Math.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Undergraduate Student Advisor.