What
is the MPT?

MPT
stands for Math Placement Test. It is an entrance exam to determine the
mathematics background of students so that they may be placed in the correct
course. The MPT may only be written **ONCE**.

Do
I need to write the MPT?

You
need to write the MPT if you wish to take Math 1000 at Grenfell Campus and you
have not either passed Math 1090 or do not have an equivalent transfer credit
from another institution. Note that the St. John's Campus has different
requirements for who must write the MPT.

When
and where do I write the MPT?

Most
students write the MPT on the first Saturday in June. Students register for this test through their
respective schools and write at the nearest designated MPT site. Grenfell is
the designated site for students in Corner Brook, Pasadena, Deer Lake, and the
Bay of Islands; there are other sites throughout western Newfoundland and the
rest of the province. The MPT is also written at Grenfell Campus in early
September and early January, usually during the first week of classes.

What
is on the MPT?

Testing of level III high school
students is coordinated by the St. John’s Campus. Sample questions can be found
here and the solutions here.

What
mark do I need to pass the MPT?

Students who have passed
Math 3205 (Level III advanced math) or some other comparable math course must
obtain a minimum of 75% on the MPT for entry into Math 1000; those students who
do not have a Level III advanced math credit need a minimum of 85%. If the
minimum requirement is not met, students have the option of taking Math 1090,
Math 1050, or Math 1051 at Grenfell Campus. Note that the St. John's Campus has
different requirements.

Should I take Mathematics in my first year?

The short answer is yes!
Most university programs require mathematics. There are some programs at
university that do not require a mathematics course in particular, but
mathematics courses still fulfill course requirements in most of these
programs.

What Mathematics course should I take?

This
questions can be somewhat determined by your score on the MPT. If you are
eligible to take Math 1000, it is recommended that you do. Don't be scared,
this is the logical next step for you, that is why you
wrote the MPT. If you are not eligible to take Math 1000 but the degrees you
are interested in require it, then you should take Math 1090. Math 1090 is a
course designed to fill in the gaps in the background knowledge needed to take
Math 1000. Once Math 1090 is complete, you are eligible to take Math 1000 in
the next semester. If your program does not require Math 1000 and you are
interested in learning a different type of mathematics, then you may wish to
take Math 1050 and Math 1051. These are courses in finite mathematics.

What are some tips for avoiding difficulties in first year
Mathematics?

1. Make sure you attend
all your lectures and labs. A typical mathematics course has 36 classes. That
means about 3% of your total year is covered in each one. If you start missing
class those percentages add up.

2. Keep up on your work. Set aside
time between each of your classes to go over notes, do practice problems, and
make sure you understand the material before your next class.

3. Go see your professor. This may
sound silly, but many first year students don't know that they can meet their
professor outside of class time to ask questions and go over problems. The
person that knows the most about the course is the professor. Your professor will be making up and marking your
exams, so they know what you should expect and what they expect of you.

4. Don't fall behind. If you don't
understand something, make sure you figure it out as soon as possible. There is
lots of help available, all you have to do is ask.

5. Think positively. You won't
believe the things you can do if you just put in the effort. If you are having
problems don't get down: Work hard, get help if you need it, and you will get
it in the end.

Where can I get help if I experience difficulties in first year
Mathematics?

The
first thing you should do is see your professor. Drop by their office during
their office hours or set up an appointment with them. They will be able to
help. There are also mathematics laboratory instructors who are in their
offices to help you. The learning centre has a math assistant and offers peer
tutors, as well as, supplemental instruction in many courses.

Do I need to do work at home if I have a Mathematics lab?

Yes. Absolutely! The lab
isn't for doing homework. The lab is a place for you to learn by asking
questions. If you have done your work at home then it will be much easier to
understand the material in the lab and you will know what questions to ask.

What is the
difference between Calculus and Finite Mathematics?

Calculus: The study of Calculus is divided naturally
into Differential Calculus (Math
1000) and Integral Calculus
(Math 1001). Differential Calculus is the systematic study of changing
quantities while Integral Calculus systematically develops techniques for
computing areas. In Math 1000, you will be taught techniques that will enable
you to calculate the rate at which a function changes - this process is
called differentiation. In
Math 1001, you will learn how to compute the area under a curve given by an
equation of the form y = f(x). Both of these subjects have very important
applications in the sciences; it is for this reason that calculus is often
called the language of science, and why the completion of at least one Calculus
course is required by any Bachelor of Science program. The study of Calculus
requires a good grounding in Algebra and Trigonometry.

Finite Mathematics: Increasingly over
the past few decades, especially as a result of the computer revolution,
questions have emerged that require a different kind of mathematics for their
solution. To give one example, if you are designing a new microchip, you will
be interested in the most efficient way of designing your circuits. Obviously,
there are only a finite number of possible solutions to such a problem, and you
want to identify the best of these solutions. At the core of many of these
kinds of problems lies a body of mathematical theory and technique -
called Finite Mathematics -
that is very useful, interesting and in many cases, quite elementary. In Math 1050, you will be introduced to
some of the basic ideas of this fascinating branch of math.