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Module1 - Placement Exams


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Module 1 of the enrollment process addresses placement exams.  There are two placement exams.  The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is mandatory, while the Foreign Language Placement Exam  (FLPE) is dependent on the type of degree you are seeking.  Read below for important information on both placement exams.  As a JMU student, you are bound by the JMU Honor Code

1.  Math Placement Exam (MPE)

Take this exam very seriously.  If your major requires a specific level of mathematics, this exam determines the level of mathematics with which you will begin.  Not all majors are required to take a mathematics course the first semester, but you are required to take the MPE now for future mathematics enrollment.

The MPE deadline is May 15th and is a mandatory One Book step.  If you have already taken the MPE as part of your One Book steps, you do not need to, nor can you, take it again.  You may proceed to the Foreign Language Placement Exam (FLPE) information below to determine if you need to take the FLPE.

Math Placement Exam is mandatory for all incoming students.  Even students who take credit for math as part of a dual enrollment class or test credit must take the MPE.  You will not be able to progress through the registration steps until you have completed the exam.  Below you will find a short video from the mathematics department, a link to a sample MPE you may use to brush-up on your skills, a tutorial on navigating the MPE, and the link to begin the exam when you are ready. 

View important information from the Mathematics Department  (approx. 5 min)

 Math Placement Script

Quick Links 


Sample MPE

Ready to begin the MPE


Do I need to take the FLPE?

Ready to take the FLPE

Foreign Language Score/Course Placement Matrix

Visit the Foreign Language Department Web Page

JMU Honor Code 

Placement Scores:

Find Your Placement Exam Scores 

SAT II placement information

Sample MPE - This .pdf file presents math problems and solutions so you may brush-up on your skills prior to attempting the MPE.

Ready to take the MPE - Plan for a 90 minute timeframe for the exam. If you are unable to complete the exam in one sitting, click SAVE.  Do NOT click SUBMIT until you are ready to have the exam scored.  We will not reset the exam because you clicked the wrong button.

Finding your MPE Scores Tutorial

What do my MPE scores mean? - Your math placement scores indicate the math course you will take when it comes time to enroll in a math course.  Be advised that not all majors require a mathematics course for the first semester.  In Module 4 , we provide enrollment worksheets which guide you through the courses that are required for your first semester.  Math requirements vary by major.  If your major worksheet does not indicate a math course, you will wait to take a math course in a later semester. If the worksheet indicates a math course is required your first semester, follow the MPE score guidelines on the worksheet to determine your course.  For some majors, only students with a lower MPE score will enroll in a math course the first semester.  You may view the general math placement matrix, but follow the instructions on the enrollment worksheet for your major.  Math courses are restricted to those majors requiring a math course the first semester and restricted based on the MPE score.  The system will not allow you to enroll in a math course higher than your MPE score indicates.      


2.  Foreign Language Placement Exam (FLPE)

The JMU FLPE exam is not a mandatory exam.  Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, a minor in a foreign language, or majoring in International Business have a foreign language requirement. Other students may simply be interested in beginning a language or continuing study in a language for their own benefit.  Read below to learn about enrolling in a foreign language class and whether or not you need to take the JMU Foreign Language Placement Exam.     


Students beginning a new language:  Enroll in the 101 level of the course (e.g. ITAL 101)


Students continuing in French, German, Russian, and Spanish:  

  1.  Click here to determine if you need to take the online JMU FLPE for French, German, Russian, or Spanish.  This is an online exam.

  2.  If you take the exam, your JMU FLPE score should be posted to the MyMadison system within 48 hours of completion.  View this tutorial to learn how to find your JMU FLPE score in the MyMadison system. 

  3.  Use the Foreign Language Placement Matrix to find your course recommendation.  For example, a JMU FLPE score of 430 on the French exam places you into FR 232.  The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a class unless your FLPE placement score is in the appropriate score range. 

 If you took the SAT II for French, German, or Spanish, click here for placement information.

Students continuing study in all other languages:  Enroll in the 231 course level of that language (e.g. ITAL 231).  You will confirm or adjust your course level in August when you meet with the coordinator for that language.