For access to certain beginning math courses at WWU, some students may not need to take the MPT. If you are unsure if you meet one of the following exceptions, contact the Department of Mathematics at (360) 650-3785.
- The MPT is waived for students who scored three or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus Exam (AB or BC), with the following exception: To qualify for Math 134 or Math 138 (WWU Honors Mathematics courses) students must take and pass the Advanced MPT even if they have passed an AP Calculus Exam. The AP Calculus Exam official score report must be sent directly to Western from the College Board.
- The MPT may be waived by a Math Department advisor for students who have college credit for a calculus course equivalent to Math 124 (Calculus and Analytical Geometry). Note: High school calculus courses are not considered equivalent to Math 124.
- Students who earned a C+ or better in the final course in a college pre-calculus sequence may register for Math 124 (Calculus and Analytical Geometry) without taking the MPT. Note: Completing only the first course in such a sequence (i.e. Pre-calculus I) will not meet this requirement.
- Students who earned a C- or better in a college Intermediate Algebra course or who received a score of at least 480 on the SAT (Math) or 18 on the ACT (Math) may register for Math 112 (Functions and Algebraic Methods) or Math 107 (Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications) without taking the placement test. However, the MPT is required for placement into any higher level math course.
- Within one year of high school graduation, students who provide evidence of meeting the college readiness standard on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (Level 3 or higher) may enroll in Math 107 (Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications) without taking the placement test. To receive permission to register for Math 107 without taking the MPT students need to bring their Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment Results Family Report, provided by the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, to the Math Department. The MPT is required for placement into any higher level math course or if more than one year has passed since high school graduation.
- Students who plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Education – Elementary or Special Education Endorsement and have earned a C or better in a college Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, or Pre-Calculus course within the last five years may, after admission to Western’s Elementary or Special Education programs, register for Math 381 (Teaching K-8 - designed for Elementary and Special Education students only) without taking the placement test.
- The Math Placement Test is not required for entrance into Math 99 (Review Algebra – no degree credit). Math 99 is offered through Extended Education as a fee-based course.
- Students who have completed an approved Washington Community College Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree do not generally enroll in additional math courses at Western unless required by their academic major/minor. If you are unsure whether or not your intended academic program requires math, familiarize yourself with the degree requirements by reviewing the Program of Study.