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Math Testing

Mathematics (math) assessments are designed to identify the appropriate math course that is reflective of the student's current knowledge, abilities, and future needs. The assessments are designed to test the student's competency:


Your initial placement in a Mathematics course at KPU is determined primarily by your BC high school record in Mathematics. However, if you do not satisfy the requirements for direct admission to a mathematics course, you may qualify, on the basis of your high school grades, to write the Mathematics Placement Test. This test is designed to assess your true knowledge and comprehension of Mathematics.

The MPT consists of FOUR parts: 


15 questions that test your skill level, understanding and ability to solve problems involving arithmetic.

Time Limit: 45 Minutes


15 questions that test your understanding of mathematics up to a Grade 10 level with an emphasis on basic algebra

Time Limit: 45 Minutes


15 questions that test your understanding of algebra, geometry, and basic trigonometry up to a Grade 11 level.

Time Limit: 45 Minutes


20 questions that test your understanding of functions, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, exponentials, and logarithms up to a Grade 12 level.

Time Limit: 1 Hour

Additional Information:

  • CANNOT use a calculator or dictionary.
  • The test may be re-written after 4 weeks, for a maximum of 3 times.
  • The test fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Placement into most undergraduate level mathematics courses is determined by your Math Placement Test results and your high school math marks.

For a listing of alternative ways to meet a mathematics requirement for Admission, please review the Mathematics Alternative Table below:

PDF icon Math Placement Test (MPT) Information Sheet

Recommended: If you require assistance in identifying which test is most suitable for you, please book an appointment with the ACA Academic Advisor online at


If you require assistance in identifying which test is most suitable for you  please connect with the Future Students Office: or an Academic Advisor

This math test will place you into the appropriate level of math upgrading at KPU.

You should take this test if:

  • You are registered in the Adult Basic Education program
  • You wish to pursue the Adult Dogwood
  • You have NOT completed Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11

For more information on ACP Assessments and to Book an ACP Test, please click

To book an Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) Personalized Math Assessment, please call 604-599-2000 (at the prompts press 2, 4, and 2), or go to any campus Student Enrolment Services office to book in person. 


The CADD (Drafting) math assessment can be written every 4 weeks for a maximum of 3 times.  Rewrites are subject to additional testing fees.  Students may also be required to write the English Placement Test (EPT) which can only be rewritten once per semester.

* Please see the PDF icon CADD Test Information Sheet for more information.

* Currently, this test is offered only at KPU Tech (Cloverdale) Campus.


The Vocational (Trades) Assessment is designed to ensure that you will be able to succeed in the program you have chosen. This testing is not designed to prevent you from attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University rather it is intended to help you start at the appropriate level. If you need to improve your skills in math, upgrading can be done through selected courses through the Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement. The Mathematics Assessment can be rewritten every 4 weeks.

For more information on the Vocational Trades Assessment:

PDF icon Vocational (Trades) Test Information Sheet

To book a Math Assessment/Test, please go to

Assessment & Testing Services: "Opening Doors to Student Success"