FAQ
General Test Information

Who must take the UCF Math Placement Test (MPT)?
All incoming freshmen must complete the MPT, including those who have already received accelerated credit (AP/IB/dual enrollment).
Transfer students who have not earned credit for MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra or a "C" (2.0) or better in MAC 1105College Algebra must also complete the MPT. If a transfer student's major requires a math course that has not already been taken, you must have evidence you have taken the prerequisite course (or are in the progress of taking the prerequisite course) or take the MPT.
Current students who have not earned credit for MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra or a "C" (2.0) or better in MAC 1105College Algebra at UCF, or another college or university, must take the MPT.

Why should I take the UCF Math Placement Test?
The MPT is an assessment of the math skills that students have acquired and is designed to determine proficiency level and therefore placement for math courses. The MPT will help students, with the assistance of their academic advisors, select math courses for which they are most prepared and will likely be successful. The MPT must be taken prior to registering for UCF math courses or a student will need to begin their math sequence by enrolling in MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra.

When should I take the UCF Math Placement Test?
Incoming freshmen are strongly recommended to complete the MPT prior to attending Orientation. Students who have their MPT results available at Orientation will be able to receive assistance from their academic advisor to select the most appropriate math course. If the MPT is not completed prior to Orientation delays in registration for mathematics courses may result. The MPT should be taken from the convenience of a computer with a secure and strong internet connection.
Students currently attending UCF and transfer students who have not earned credit for MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra or earned a "C" (2.0) or better in MAC 1105College Algebra, must complete the test prior to registering for UCF math courses or will need to begin their math sequence by enrolling in MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra.

Where do I take the UCF Math Placement Test?
Incoming freshmen will take the MPT at their convenience from a computer with a strong internet connection.
Students who are currently attending UCF and transfer students must schedule an appointment to take the test in a proctored environment at the University Testing Center (UTC).

What can I expect on the test?
This is a math test, so you will need to have paper, pencil, a basic scientific calculator (not a graphing calculator), and ample time to complete the test. The calculator used in most of the math courses at UCF is the TI30XA calculator which retails for under $15.00. The placement test is a closednote, closedbook test which consists of a section of algebra questions, a section of trigonometry questions, and a section of precalculus questions.

How long does the test take? Is there a time limit?
Students will be allowed 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete the 25 algebra questions. If your algebra score is at least 350 of the possible 500 points (70%) you will be offered the opportunity to answer 15 trigonometry questions and 15 precalculus questions. You will have 1 hour 15 minutes for each of the trigonometry and precalculus sections. The algebra, trigonometry, and precalculus tests do not have to be taken consecutively on the same day.

How do I request extended time or academic accommodations for the MPT?
Students who believe they qualify for academic accommodations for placement tests and/or academic courses should contact Student Accessibility Services prior to starting the test to inquire about options available (sas@ucf.edu; 4078232371). If you are approved for placement test accommodations, please email mathplacement@ucf.edu so that your test settings can be adjusted.

Can I take the test more than once?
Students who meet certain criteria will have the option to retake the MPT for a cost. Additional retesting beyond the second attempt will not be provided under any circumstances. For more information and to verify if you are eligible to retake the MPT, please email us at mathplacement@ucf.edu.

How do I get math advising support?
If you have questions about your placement test scores and the courses you should take for your degree program, contact your academic advisor.

Who do I contact about the Chemistry Placement Test?
If you have questions regarding the Chemistry Placement test, please contact the Chemistry Department at chemplacement@ucf.edu.
Accelerated Credit

What if I took dual enrollment College Algebra and pass the course but placed into MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra or MAC 1105College Algebra on the UCF Math Placement Test?
A student who has received UCF college credit for College Algebra will not be required to take the course again prior to registering for a course with a College Algebra prerequisite. However, it is certainly in your best interest if you review the learning objects that were determined as areas needing improvement by the MPT. For students taking higher level course, it is expected that they are able to answer the algebra questions correctly.

Do I have to take the UCF Math Placement Test if I took dual enrollment College Algebra and passed the course?
All incoming freshmen must complete the UCF Math Placement Test regardless of having already earned dual enrollment College Algebra credit. Taking the MPT will appear as a "to do" item on your checklist until it is completed. If you do not take the test, there could be a delay when you try to register for classes during orientation. A student who has received UCF college credit for MAT 1105College Algebra will not be required to take the course again prior to registering for a course with a College Algebra prerequisite. However, it is in your best interest to take the test and then review any learning objectives that were determined as areas needing improvement by the placement test. For students taking higher level courses, it is expected that they are able to answer the algebra questions correctly.

What if I took AP Calculus but placed into Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, or Precalculus?
A student who has received UCF college credit for AP Calculus will not be required to take the College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus courses. However, it is certainly in your best interest if you review the learning objectives that were determined as areas needing improvement by the placement test. For students taking higher level courses, it is expected that they are able to answer the algebra, trigonometry, and precalculus questions correctly.

Do I have to take the UCF Math Placement Test if I took AP Calculus?
All incoming freshmen must complete the UCF Math Placement Test regardless of having already taken AP Calculus. Taking the MPT will appear as a "to do" item on your checklist until it is completed. If you do not take the test, there could be a delay when you try to register for classes during orientation. A student who has received UCF college credit for Calculus I will not be required to take the course again prior to registering for a course with a Calculus I prerequisite. However, it is in your best interest to take the test and then review any learning objectives that were determined as areas needing improvement by the placement test. For students taking higher level courses, it is expected that they are able to answer the algebra, precalculus, and trigonometry questions correctly.
Log In & Passwords

What is my NID?
The NID (or Network ID) is a UCFissued credential that allows access to UCF resources including the Math Placement Test (MPT) which students access through MyLabs Plus. The username (NID) and MyLabsPlus password you will receive is unique to only you, so it is important that you safeguard the password and not share it with anyone. Note that the password used for the MPT website (MyLabsPlus) is NOT your "NID Password" but instead, a separate password used for the sole purpose of this website.

How do I find my NID?
If you do not know your NID, you can go to the NID Lookup page at myUCF where you can retrieve your Network ID (NID).

What is my password for MyLabsPlus?
Upon paying the UCF enrollment deposit, students will receive an email message within seven (7) business days about the Math Placement Test, which also contains their MyLabsPlus password information. The email will be sent from helpdesk@ucf.mylabsplus.com and may appear in your spam or junk folder.

How do I retrieve my MyLabsPlus password?
Please go to MyLabsPlus and click on the "forgot my password" link. Enter your NID as the User ID and your password will be sent to the email address listed when you paid your UCF Enrollment Deposit or Knightsmail account. Please retain this email for future reference.
Please note: Your MyLabsPlus password email will be from helpdesk@ucf.mylabsplus.com and may appear in your spam or junk folder. Please list helpdesk@ucf.mylabsplus.com as an "approved" email prior to requesting the password.

I never received an email from the Help Desk with my MyLabsPlus password, what do I do?
The email is sent from helpdesk@ucf.mylabsplus.com and may appear in your spam or junk folder. Please list helpdesk@ucf.mylabsplus.com as an “approved” email and then retrieve your MyLabsPlus password once again.
Practice Test/Preparing for the Test

There are 3 practice tests. Where do I start?
There are three (3) practice tests: algebra, trigonometry, and precalculus. Students have an unlimited number of attempts for the practice tests. Students are only required to earn 35% or higher on the practice algebra test in order to proceed with taking the actual algebra test. Students who score 350 or higher on the algebra test will have the opportunity to advance to the trigonometry and precalculus tests.

How do I prepare for the test?
An optional Study Plan will be generated in the MyLabs Plus system based on your responses from the practice test. The Study Plan is an interactive learning environment where you can view examples of similar math questions, use an interactive “Help Me Solve This” feature to check your understanding of the content with some provided guidance, and complete exercises without guidance to check your understanding.
It is highly encouraged for you to complete all the Study Plan questions for which you need additional practice (these are denoted by a pencil in the MyLabs Plus system), and then take the practice test again to check your understanding.

What options are available if I do not earn the 35% on the practice algebra test?
All students must take and earn a 35% or higher on the practice algebra test in order to be eligible to proceed with taking the actual algebra test. Students have unlimited attempts with the practice algebra test. Students who do not earn a 35% or higher on the practice algebra test will begin their math course sequence with MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra unless they have earned collegelevel credit for College Algebra.
Testing Accommodations
The office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) works in collaboration with the University Testing Center (UTC) to ensure that reasonable accommodations are made for students with documented disabilities. Students with disabilities seeking accommodations for placement tests must have approval from the SAS office. In order to request accommodations:

Review the Placement Test Accommodations information for the Math Placement Test (MPT) on the SAS website.

Submit the Placement Test Accommodations Request Form to SAS. The process to review documentation may take up to ten (10) business days to determine if the accommodation request is appropriate for approval.

The student will be notified via email of their accommodation status for the MPT by the SAS office.

If the accommodation is approved, the SAS office will notify UTC.

UTC will have two (2) business days to apply the accommodation from the date of which they are notified. (Example: Applying extended test time).
Accommodations approval for the placement tests does not result in students being registered with the SAS office or approved for accommodations in their enrolled courses. To receive academic accommodations for enrolled courses, students with disabilities must be registered with the SAS office. Students should visit the SAS website for documentation guidance and submission procedures.
Technical Information/Troubleshooting

I keep getting an error message that reads, "There is a problem with your authentication, possibly due to inactivity.” What should I do?
The cookies on your browser may be blocked. Change your settings to allow cookies on your browser settings. Shutdown and restart your computer, and try again. If that does not work, contact the UCF Online Helpdesk for MyLabsPlus at 18885619110 and keep a representative on the phone with you until your problem is resolved.

Do I need to install additional software or plugins?
Yes, while navigating throughout the website, MyLabs Plus will conduct a browser check and prompt you to download all necessary software and plugins needed to operate the site.

What should I do if I am having difficulties downloading the required software or plugins?
First, shutdown and restart your computer and try again. If that does not work, please contact the UCF Online Helpdesk for MyLabsPlus at 18885619110 and keep a representative on the phone with you until your problem is resolved.

I am still having trouble. Where else can I find help?
For additional information on accessing the Math Placement Test, as well as answers to more frequently asked questions, navigate to: PearsonEd Customer Support. Once there, enter UCF PLACEMENT TEST in the "Search by Keyword" box. You can then click on the article(s) that are displayed to get information on taking the test and getting support.
Accessing the UCF Math Placement Test

I have completed the practice algebra test with a 35% or higher. What else do I need to do before I access the UCF Math Placement Test?
Firsttimeincollege students who are taking the MPT prior to attending their scheduled UCF Orientation date will take the test at their convenience from a computer with a secure internet connection. Before you begin working on the MPT you must first:
 Run the browser check to install the MathXL Player (required for viewing exam exercises)
 Watch the “How to Enter Answers Using the Math XL Player” tour for guidance on entering math notation while completing your exam.
 Install the Pearson Lockdown browser. This is a secure browser that prevents you from printing, copying, going to another URL, or accessing other applications while taking the test. Instructions on how to install and launch the Pearson Lockdown Browser can be downloaded from the Resources page of the Math Placement Test website.
Students who are currently attending UCF and transfer students will take the test in a proctored environment at the UCF University Testing Center.

What aids am I allowed to use when I take the test?
You will need to have scrap paper, pencil, a basic scientific calculator (not a graphing calculator), and ample time to complete the test. The calculator used in most of the math courses at UCF is the TI30XA calculator which retails for under $15.00. The placement test is a closednote, closedbook test which consists of a section of algebra questions, a section of trigonometry questions, and a section of precalculus questions.

What if I use a graphing calculator or any other unapproved aid on the test?
Any attempt to use a graphing calculator or any other unapproved aid on the actual placement test is considered academic misconduct and will be reported. As a student at UCF, you are expected to uphold the UCF Creed and demonstrate the highest standard of academic and personal integrity. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, cheating, dishonest conduct, obtaining an unfair advantage and collusion. To avoid being placed in a math course that may not accurately reflect your skills and abilities, you should do their best and take the test seriously as the results will determine their math course sequence.
You can review information about UCF’s Golden Rule, integrity, ethics, and academic honesty on the UCF Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities website .

My test says it is past due. What do I do?
Your MPT was set up to be completed by a certain deadline. At this time, you still have access to the practice tests and optional Study Plan. Once you have completed the practice algebra test and have earned a 35% or higher, submit a contact form in order to have your due date extended. We ask that students only submit the Contact Form one (1) time in order to avoid any delays in our response time.

Can I retake the test if there is a technical problem or if I don't do well on the test?
If you accessed the placement test and exited out either intentionally or unintentionally and received a score, reentry into that session will not be allowed. Once a test has been submitted, students who meet certain criteria will have the option to retake the MPT for a cost. To verify if you are eligible to retake the MPT, please email us at mathplacement@ucf.edu.
MPT Retake Information

Who is eligible to retake the MPT?
All incoming freshmen who have taken the UCF Math Placement Test are eligible to retake the test prior to the Friday before the first day of classes of their admitted semester. If a student is unable to complete the MPT retake prior to this deadline, he/she must meet the current students’ requirements in order to be eligible to retake the MPT.
Students who are currently attending UCF and transfer students who have taken the UCF Math Placement Test are eligible to retake the test providing they have not enrolled in MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra, MAC 1105College Algebra, MAC1114College Trigonometry, or MAC1140Precalculus Algebra at UCF.
All students seeking to retake the MPT must email mathplacement@ucf.edu for approval.

When do I become ineligible to retake the MPT?
Incoming freshmen who do not retake the MPT prior to the first day of their admitted term will be ineligible to retake it if they have enrolled in MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra, MAC 1105College Algebra, MAC1114College Trigonometry, or MAC1140Precalculus Algebra at UCF, or another college or university.
Students who are currently attending UCF and transfer students are ineligible to retake the test if they have enrolled in MAT 1033Intermediate Algebra, MAC 1105College Algebra, MAC1114College Trigonometry, or MAC1140Precalculus Algebra at UCF, or another college or university. If a student has credit posted for any of the above courses, they are expected to continue their math pathway.

How much does it cost to retake the MPT?
The cost to retake the MPT at the University Testing Center is $35 (inclusive of algebra, trigonmonetry, and precalculus).
The cost to retake the MPT at a remote testing site is $20 (inclusive of algebra, trigonmonetry, and precalculus). The option for remote testing is only available to students who live outside of the Central Florida area (Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, and Polk counties). Students must accept sole responsibility for any additional fees they may incur to test at an alternate University/Institution and the associated fees (if any) are not included with the $20 UTC cost.

How many times can I retake the MPT?
Eligible students can retake the UCF Math Placement Test once. Additional retesting beyond the second attempt will not be provided under any circumstances.

Can I retake the MPT from Home?
All students who retake the UCF Math Placement Test must do so in a proctored test environment scheduled at the UCF University Testing Center (UTC). If a student lives outside of the Central Florida area (Lake, Seminole, Orange, Osceola, and Polk counties), they may contact UTC to inquire about the possibility of a remote testing facility.

What happens if my score is lower when I retake the MPT?
The higher of the original and retake scores will count towards placement and placement will be final. Please allow 12 business days after completing the retake for your score to be updated to your myUCF account.
Test Results/Scores

How do I find my UCF Math Placement Test score?
When the test is completed, you will receive an email from mathplacement@ucf.edu stating which course you have placed into. Please retain this email for future reference.

Will the score appear on my transcript?
No, the score will be available to your advisor and used only to place you in the course that you have the prerequisites for.

Is the Math Placement Test score transferable to another institution?
No, the score is intended for academic advising and course placement while at the University of Central Florida.

Where can I find descriptions of mathematics courses?
Descriptions of all courses at the University of Central Florida can be found online in the current Undergraduate catalog.

What score do I need to earn to be placed into College Algebra or another collegelevel math course?
Below you will find a chart that will tell you how to meet the prerequisites to enroll in your desired UCF math course.
Course Number Course Title Prerequisite Course Math Placement Test Score and Percentage MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra N/A Score less than 175/500 (or less than 35%) on algebra placement test MAC 1105 College Algebra MAT 1033 Score at least 175/500 (or at least 35%) on algebra placement test MAC 1114 College Trigonometry MAC 1105 Score at least 350/500 (or at least 70%) on algebra placement test MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra MAC 1105 Score at least 350/500 (or at least 70%) on algebra placement test MAC 2233 Concepts of Calculus MAC 1140 Score at least 350/510 on precalculus placement test MAC 2253 Applied Calculus I MAC 1140 AND MAC 1114 Score at least 350/510 on precalculus placement test AND Score at least 350/510 on trigonometry placement test MAC 2311 Calculus I MAC 1140 AND MAC 1114 Score at least 350/510 on precalculus placement test AND Score at least 350/510 on trigonometry placement test