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ALEKS - Mathematics Placement Test

Test Dates


Registration Deadline

April 22, 2017

All Students

April 14, 2017
May 20, 2017†

Incoming Students

May 15, 2017

May 27, 2017†* (East Bay)

Incoming Students

May 15, 2017

June 3, 2017†

Incoming Students

May 31, 2017

June 17, 2017†* (Sonoma)

Incoming Students

May 31, 2017

June 30, 2017†

Incoming Students

June 27, 2017
July 8, 2017† Incoming Students July 5, 2017

September 16, 2017

All Students

September 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

All Students

October 9, 2017

January 26, 2018

All Students

January 22, 2018

April 13, 2018†

All Students

April 5, 2018 (cancelled)
† Only Pre-calculus is offered. No Math Analysis testing.
*There is an additional $25 proctoring fee for the two MDTPs in Northern California (Cal State East Bay and Sonoma campuses).

An access code is required for registration. The access code has been emailed to all incoming freshmen who are required to take the MDTP.

There is an $8.00 test fee to take the MDTP. You MUST pay the $8.00 test fee through Bronco Direct before the registration period ends or your registration will be CANCELED. Payments will NOT be accepted on the day of the test.

Please note: if you take the MDTP at Cal State East Bay or Sonoma there will be an additional $25.00 proctoring fee (on top of the $8.00 registration fee). The proctoring fee is paid directly to them and is not collected by Cal Poly Pomona. On the day of the test, you MUST bring a $25.00 check or money order (cash, debit, or credit cards will NOT be accepted). Checks should be made payable to CSU East Bay or CSU Sonoma.

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The MDTP is one of two tests:

  • Pre-calculus: required for colleges of Engineering, Science and Agriculture majors (MAT 112, 114, 120, 130).
  • Mathematical Analysis: for MAT 12, 105, 106, 125, 191,194, and STA 120.

If the minimum score is not achieved on the appropriate MDTP, students will be required to take prerequisite classes before being eligible to register for their objective course.

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) Center offers free MDTP Preparatory Workshops for those planning to take the MDTP.

MDTP Eligibility

You may register for the MDTP if you have never taken the MDTP or your current MDTP 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 50 or higher.
  • You have completed all preparatory coursework required by your ELM score.


Even if you are exempt from taking the ELM, you are NOT exempt from taking the MDTP. The only exceptions for a student not having to take the MDTP are as follows:

  • You scored a 3 or higher on the AP AB and/or AP BC Calculus Exam (The exam is required).
  • You have equivalent transferable work from a community college.

How to Do Well on the MDTP

View the practice tests and solutions. There is also free tutoring offered in the Learning Resource Center on the second floor of the library.

How to Interpret the Results of the MDTP

Pre-calculus: View the MDTP Scoring Grid to interpret the results of the Pre-calculus.

Math Analysis:    

Math Analysis


Required Entry Course


Math 010


Math 011


Math 012


Math 191, Math 194, or Statistics 120


Math 105, Math 106, or Math 125

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the test?

  • Pre-Calculus is 60 minutes long.
  • Math Analysis is 50 minutes long.
  • Both tests have 45 questions.

Which majors require the MDTP?

The Pre-calculus MDTP is required for all majors below:

  • College of Engineering
    • Aerospace Engineering                
    • Chemical Engineering                    
    • Environmental Engineering                        
    • General Civil Engineering                             
    • Geospatial Engineering                
    • Computer Engineering                
    • Construction Engineering Technology                    
    • Electrical Engineering                    
    • Electromechanical Systems Engineering Technology                       
    • Electronic Systems Engineering Technology                        
    • Industrial Engineering                   
    • Manufacturing Engineering                        
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • College of Science
    • Botany
    • General Biology               
    • Microbiology     
    • Zoology               
    • Biotechnology  
    • Biochemistry     
    • Chemistry          
    • Industrial Chemistry      
    • Computer Science          
    • Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity Cluster  
    • Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology Cluster    
    • Geology                              
    • Applied Mathematics/Statistics                
    • Secondary Teacher Prep / Pure Mathematics    
    • Physics
  • College of Agriculture
    • Culinology
    • Pre-Professional
    • Food Science & Technology
    • Nutrition Science

The Math Analysis MDTP may be required if your major (e.g. Architecture, Animal Health Science, Animal Industries Management, Pre-Veterinary Science) requires MAT 12, 105, 106, 125, 191,194, or STA 120 and you do not have the prerequisites needed. Please contact your advisor to see if you need to take the Math Analysis MDTP.

Can I retake the test?

Once taken, your score never expires. If you wish to retest for a higher score, you must wait three quarters before your next reattempt.

When is the MDTP offered, and what is the cost?

Please see the table above for the list of upcoming dates. There is an $8.00 charge to take the MDTP. You MUST pay for the test through Bronco Direct before the registration period ends. Payments will NOT be accepted after the registration deadline or on the day of the test.

Which test should I sign up for?

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). Consult your curriculum sheet to determine which math course(s) your major requires.

How do I sign up for the MDTP?

You may register online at the registration page. Please note that you will need to provide an access code in order to proceed with your MDTP registration. This access code is required to confirm your eligibility; it will be emailed to all qualified applicants.

May I come to the test as a walk-in?

Yes, but only if you are on our list of eligible testers and as long as space permits. There is no guarantee that you will be tested unless you registered and paid the test fee before the registration deadline. Check-in will begin approximately 30 minutes before the test time. Once the test has started you cannot be admitted.

What should I bring on the day of the test?

  • A photo bearing ID (Driver's License, California State ID, Student ID, or Passport). If you arrive late or without a photo ID, you will NOT be admitted to the test.
  • Several #2 pencils.
  • You may NOT use a calculator.

When will I receive my score?

Your score will be available within one week after the test on Bronco Direct at the View My Test Summary page (click here). Click the "View All" link at the top of the table.

Accommodations needed?

If your disability would in any way affect your ability to test under normal conditions, the Test Center, in consultation with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), will arrange for special test accommodations. When registering for the test, ensure that you check the box to indicate that you are requesting accommodations. To receive accommodations, you must notify the Disability Resource Center at (909) 869-3333 no later than the registration deadline. Please note that accommodations are not provided on Saturday. For additional information, click here.

If your religious convictions prevent you from taking the MDTP on the scheduled test dates, you must request special arrangements by providing a letter on official letterhead from an appropriate religious authority to the Test Officer no later than the registration deadline.