Mathematics Diagnostic Placement Test (MDPT)

Please view the MDPT Schedule (pdf) to find the date of the next MDPT exam.

You can Register Online.

This MDPT will be valid for placement for the following three quarters.

There is an $8.00 charge to take the MDPT. Students must bring a check or money order to the test on testing day made out to Cal Poly Pomona. It must include your name and Bronco ID number written in the memo line. Cash will not be accepted. You will not be admitted into the exam without payment in the form of a check or money order.

There are two tests: Mathematical Analysis (for MAT 12, 105, 106, 125, 191,194, and STA 120); and Pre-calculus (for MAT 112, 114, 120, 130). If the minimum score is not achieved on the appropriate MDPT, students will be required to take prerequisite classes before being eligible to register for their objective course. Please see (How to interpret the results of the MDPT) on the MDPT Information webpage for placement score cut-offs. Tests are given each quarter including the summer quarter.

The Math and Science Help (MaSH) Center offers free MDPT Preparatory Workshops for those planning to take the MDPT.

For further information, contact Ian Carlson, the MDPT coordinator:
Phone: 909-869-4676
Office: 8-111

MDPT Eligibility

You may register for the MDPT if you have never taken the MDPT or your current MDPT score is at least two quarters old. In addition, you must have satisfied the ELM requirement in one of the following ways:
  • You are exempt from the ELM due to your ACT score, SAT math score, Math Achievement Test score, Advanced Placement Math Test score, transfer credit for an approved G.E. level math class or through a straight EAP exemption or were conditionally exempt through the EAP and met the condition.
  • You have taken the ELM test and have a score of 550 or higher, if you took the test prior to March 23, 2002 or have a score of 50 or higher if you took the test after March 23, 2002.
  • You have completed all preparatory coursework required by your ELM score.

Validity of Test Results

MDPT scores are valid for three quarters and must be used within that period. This means that students may skip two quarters of math enrollment but may not skip three quarters. This includes Summer Quarter. Students who do not use their MDPT scores or grades within the three quarter limit will have to retake the MDPT. Note that placement is made on the basis of valid test scores or course grades, even if that placement is lower than course work previously completed. Students may not take two MDP tests whose periods of validity overlap by more than one quarter.

How to Do Well on the MDPT

PREPARE! PREPARE! PREPARE! Study the sample questions for the test you will be taking. These are available at the Math Department in Building 8, room 113.

There is an online practice test for the Math Analysis MDPT.

The Library has a collection of math books. This guide lists library resources that can be used to review for the MDPT. The Learning Resource Center has an online source for the ELM and MDPT Study Guides. After studying, click on the website to take a practice test for either the Math Analysis or the Calculus Readiness test.

After studying thoroughly, take this practice test.

How to Interpret the Results of the MDPT

To see how to interpret the results of the Precalculus MDPT, click here (pdf). The table below is for the Math Analysis MDPT.

Score Required Entry Course
0-9 Math 010
10-17 Math 011
18-26 Math 012
24-45 Math 191, Math 194, or Statistics 120
27-45 Math 105, Math 106, or Math 125

Course Information



External Resources

Mathematics & Statistics
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 909-869-3142
Fax: 909-869-4904
Office: Building 8, Room 113