Mathematics Qualifying Examination (MQE)

The Department of Mathematics is hosting a remote on-line MQE via ProctorU. For more information on this option, contact the Department.

All non-international, first-time freshman in the following majors:

Biological Science (B.S.)

Biochemistry (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S./B.A.)

Civil Engineering (B.S.)

Computer Engineering (B.S.)

Computer Science (B.S.)

Earth Science (B.A.)

Electrical Engineering (B.S.)

Engineering Undeclared

Geology (B.S.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Nursing (B.S.)

Physics (B.S.)



Pre-International Business

who are planning to enroll in:

  •  Mathematics 130, Short Course in Calculus
  •  Mathematics 135, Business Calculus
  •  Mathematics 150A, Analytic Geometry and Calculus

must complete four ALEKS PPL assessments in the summer before enrolling in their first term and obtain an appropriate score on the fourth assessment.

All other students (including all international, first-time freshman) who plan to enroll in:

  • Mathematics 130, Short Course in Calculus
  • Mathematics 135, Business Calculus
  • Mathematics 150A, Analytic Geometry and Calculus

must take the Mathematics Qualifying Exam (MQE) or have a Mathematics Department approved exemption. No student will be enrolled in these mathematics courses unless he or she has already passed the MQE or is exempt. The examination scores are valid for two consecutive semesters.

You will have 75 minutes to complete the Mathematics Qualifying Exam (MQE). The MQE consists of 45 multiple-choice questions. In scoring, only correct answers will be counted. If you have no idea which of the answers to a given question is the correct one, you should leave the question blank. If you happen to guess correctly answers to questions that you do not understand, you may be advised to take a course for which you are not adequately prepared.