The Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) is an exam created by Missouri Western faculty using institutional data to more accurately place students into courses that they will have a higher opportunity to succeed in.

Students will be placed in a Math course based on ACT Math subscores (see table below). Students with no ACT score, or with a math subscore below 22, will be placed in MAT110E* or MAT111E*. The “E” indicates a required lab course that you will take alongside the lecture to assist in your success in the course. If you wish to challenge this placement, you can take the MPE to test into MAT110 (Contemporary Problem Solving),* MAT111 (Introductory Statistics),* MAT112 (Finite Mathematics),* or MAT116 (College Algebra).*

Higher-level math courses may be required for some majors.

*Indicates fulfillment for General Studies Math requirements.

ACT Math Subscore SAT Math Subscore Math Course
No score No Score MAT 110E/111E
0-21 0-530 MAT110E/111E
22-36 540-800 MAT110/111/112/116

About the Math Placement Exam (MPE):

Explanation: This exam is taken in person on the Missouri Western campus.

Incoming Freshmen: Students attending an upcoming Griffon Orientation may RSVP through Admissions to take the Math Placement Exam the morning of their Griffon Orientation. Use the link in your email or contact (816) 271-4266 or

If you are attending an online orientation session or cannot take the exam on your orientation day, please register for an alternate date using the link below.

Early College Academy: Once you have received a Missouri Western student number (G number) and email address, you may register for the Math Placement Exam.

Click this link to register:

Once you pass with at least a 70%, you will be allowed to register in either MAT110/111/112 or 116. If you do not pass, you are allowed to take the exam once per week, as many times as you wish. PLEASE NOTE: You must pass this exam before registering for MAT110/111/112 or 116. If you do not pass and do not wish to retake the placement exam, you will be placed in MAT110E/111E.

Overview: You may attempt the Math Placement Exam once per week and you will be allowed one hour to take the exam. Once you have logged onto the WPE, you will not be permitted any other access. Any evidence of plagiarism, cheating, or outside help will result in a zero for the exam and you will not be permitted to retake the exam.

What is on the Math Placement Test and How Can I Prepare?
Consult this list for topics that may appear on the Math Placement Exam: List of Topics
Once you have your G-number, you can access our integrated learning environment that will give you access to video tutorials and online homework sets to help prepare for the Mathematics Placement Exam. You may also want to try our Sample Mathematics Placement Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

If you experience problems with your G# or the mmdd of your date of birth, please contact the Admissions Office at 816-271-4266 to verify your information.

No calculators or electronic devices are allowed during the Mathematics Placement Exam.

If you have a documented disability with the Accessibility Resource Center, ARC, for which you receive testing accommodations at Missouri Western, you must request the accommodation(s) prior to testing. To ensure that your accommodations are met, a copy of your accessibility plan must be given to the administrative assistant in Agenstein Hall 140 at least 24 hours prior to your testing appointment. For any questions, please contact the Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics at 816-271-4288.

Within 10 minutes of the end of your exam, an email will be sent to your school email detailing what score you received. When you receive a placement score that grants you access to enroll in a course, your registration restrictions will be removed by 7 a.m. the next morning. This will be expedited during registration days to allow visiting students to register before returning home.