Click on any of the links below for more information on:
- Math Placement Exam Requirements
- Foreign Language Placement Exam
- Texas Success Initiative
- Credit By Exam Testing
- Testing Accommodations
Math Placement Exam
What is the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?
The Math Placement Exams are multiple-choice examinations. They are an important tool to help your advisor determine which mathematics course you should take.
Requirements forÂ Transfer Students:
If you have completed the math courses needed for your degree at Texas A&M, then you do not need to take the Math Placement Exam (MPE). If you still need to take the required math course for your degree at Texas A&M, then you are required to take the MPE. If you have taken a precalculus course equivalent to MATH 150 (TCCNS 2412) at another institution, your Texas A&M advisor might be able to substitute that course for MATH 150; otherwise, you will have to take the MPE.
To take the MPE or a practice test, log into howdy.tamu.edu and go to the â€śApplicant Tabâ€ť and follow the instructions for the Math Placement Exam. Use the online review material available at math.tamu.edu/placement/ to help you prepare for the 90-minute MPE.Â Be prepared to spend the full 90 minutes taking the exam. No calculators or help from other resources is permitted on the MPE. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact the Department of Mathematics at email@example.com.
Â The following rules apply to the Math Placement Exam:
- Calculators are not permitted
- Exam must be takenÂ beforeÂ you attend your New Student Conference.
- The exam may be repeated.Â However, there is a 2 week waiting period between attempts.
Calculus credit by examination is earned through a different test. Please contact Data and Research Services at (979) 845-0532 to schedule additional examinations. Please note: Data and Research Services does not administer the Math Placement Exam. For questions regarding the Math Placement Exam, please contact the Math Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or your academic advisor.
Who is required to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam?
Students who intend to enroll for the first time in a college foreign language course, who have previous knowledge of the language, however acquired, and who have no college credit in the language MUST take a placement test to determine the appropriate course for their level of ability. The foreign language placement test also serves as a basis for credit by examination. Second language learners who take the Advanced Placement (AP) test, the College Board Achievement test, the International Baccalaureate test (IB) or the SAT II Subject Test in their foreign language of choice do not have to take the required foreign language placement tests, as the results of these tests may be used for placement, but it is highly recommended. Heritage language learners must always take the placement test, regardless of their scores on high school tests, because these tests sometimes are not a good reflection of the language abilities of those students.
TheÂ Spanish Language Placement TestÂ is administered by Hispanic Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. There is a $30.00 fee that is due at the time of registration.Â ClickÂ hereÂ to register for this test.Â For additional information regarding the test visit theÂ Hispanic Studies websiteÂ or call (979) 458-0672.
All other Language Placement Tests are administered by International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. There is a $30.00 fee that is due at the time of registration. For more information, call (979) 845-5144. Click here to register for this test.
Summer NSCs: All tests will be administered on the Pre-Conference Day of the New Student Conference along with credit by examination tests.
January NSCs: All tests will be administered the day before your New Student Conference.
The test will also be offered at various times during the fall and spring semesters. Students who do not take the placement test will not be able to register for a foreign language course during their first semester. (Please note: Seats in language courses are limited; taking the Language Placement Exam does not guarantee the ability to register for a language course during your first semester.)
Many transfer students are exempt from the TSI Assessment. Â Please review the list of TSI exemptionsÂ to verify whether you need to complete the TSI Assessment.Â If you think you meet one of these exemptions or have taken the TSI Assessment test anywhere other than at Texas A&M University, please do not assume the information is on file atÂ Texas A&M. Â Verify Texas A&M has this information by logging into the Howdy Portal, selecting â€śGrades & Transcriptsâ€ť then â€śTSI and Core Curriculumâ€ť. Select the term for which you are entering Texas A&M, click on submit and your TSI Status will be listed as either College Ready or Complete if you have met all of the TSI requirements.
Additionally,Â you can check to see if you have fulfilled the TSI requirements online through the Applicant Information System (please wait at least 2 days after you accept your offer of admission by registering for your New Student Conference before you check). After logging in, look for the â€śTasks to Complete Prior to Enrollmentâ€ť checklist, then â€śFulfill the Texas Success Initiative requirementsâ€ť. If a red X is present, further action is required. Non-compliant students will be blocked from registering for all classes during the New Student Conference, so it is critical that students satisfy this requirement two weeks prior to their scheduled NSC date.
All students who are not exempt must first complete the mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) and then take the TSI Assessment test. Non-exempt students will be blocked from registering for all classes during the New Student Conference until the TSI Pre-Assessment Activity has been completed, the TSI Assessment test has been taken and scores are on file at Texas A&M University.Â The mandatory TSI Pre-Assessment Activity (including the practice test) can be found on-line at either the â€śApplicantâ€ť or â€śMy Recordâ€ť tab in the Howdy Portal under the heading â€śTexas Success Initiative.â€ť The TSI Assessment test, forÂ students who have not met the Texas Success Initiative requirement,Â is administered on-campus at Texas A&M University by Data and Research Services, at 1101 General Services Complex, corner of F&B and Agronomy roads.Â Students need to register for the test prior to the test date by contacting Testing Services at (979) 845-0532. For more information, please visit http://testing.tamu.edu/.
If you have further questions concerning the Texas Success Initiative, including eligible exemptions, please contact the Academic Success Center at (979) 845-2724 or visit the website atÂ http://successcenter.tamu.edu/Programs/Texas-Success-Initiative/.
Credit By Exam TestingÂ is available on testing days throughout the year. To schedule additional examinations or for additional information:
DataÂ and Research Services
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4239
(979) 845-0532Â fax (979) 847-8666
If you have a disability and require specific accommodations to complete any of the NSC placement exams or Texas Success Initiative requirements, please contact the Department of Disability Services to discuss your needs. Reasonable testing accommodations are provided to allow students with documented disabilities an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.
In order to coordinate testing accommodations for any of the tests offered through New Student Conferences, students must submit documentation of their disability at least two weeks prior to the scheduled testing date for review. Please contact the Disability Services office at (979) 845-1637 or visit disability.tamu.edu for more information.