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. 

1.  Math Placement Exam (MPE) -

View this 3+ minute video for information you need before taking the MPE.  This video is available on YouTube at


Math Placement Script

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

When do you take the real exam?  You will have access to the math placement exam once you have completed ALL the One Book steps through the Prepare for Enrollment modules.  If you have not completed the Emergency Contact information or checked the box indicating you have reviewed all of these modules, the math placement exam step will not open.  Once the math placement exam step opens, you will see the Complete the Math Placement Exam link. Click on the link, log into the Canvas system and begin the exam. 

Finding your MPE Scores Tutorial

If math is not listed in the required section of the enrollment worksheet for your major, view the MPE Matrix by Major for information on math requirements for a future semester.  Be sure to 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.   

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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 72 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.


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