All students, including transfer students, who plan to register for a math course at Western must first take the MPT. Some exceptions do apply (see "MPT Exceptions" below).
Students generally take mathematics courses at Western for one of the following reasons:
Each undergraduate at Western must satisfy the Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning (QSR) part of the General University Requirements (GUR). The QSR requirement is generally satisfied by taking one or more math courses at Western or the approved equivalents from an accredited community college or baccalaureate institution. Students transferring with a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree from a Washington state community college have generally already satisfied the QSR requirement, but may need more advanced math coursework for their academic program at Western.
Many academic programs, such as business, computer science, education, engineering, social sciences, natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), and pre-professional pathway programs (pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, etc.) require additional math course work beyond the QSR requirement. Students interested in these academic programs should begin their math course work in their first quarter at Western so as not to delay progress in their major.