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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
September 20, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Completing the CPE



    
Calculus Preparation Evaluation  (CPE)

2014

The Department makes use of Maple T.A.TM software to conduct the Calculus Preparation Evaluation.

The Calculus Preparation Evaluation will be accessible online 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, starting Monday April 28th at 10:00am.

The CPE should be taken following these guidelines:
  • While you are not proctored, please remember that this is for your benefit, to help you identify any areas of weakness and to make the right decision as to which introductory calculus course you should take to maximize your chance of success.
  • While the system allows you two hours, you should be able to complete the questions within 75 to 90 minutes; requiring a greater amount of time is an indication that you need some extra review on at least some of the topics covered.
  • No calculators, or other aids are allowed, but have scrap paper and pencil at hand.

Your results on the CPE will be available immediately upon the completion and submission of your answers. You are encouraged to complete the evaluation by early August, to aid in course selection for September and to identify any areas that you need to review.

* Please Note:  The CPE scores have to manually transferred by us over to our registration system and you will not be able to use LORIS to enroll in a calculus course until this has been completed (you are able to enroll in other courses, just not calculus).  Scores are usually entered daily, but it may take up to 5 business days, depending on staffing schedules. 


Instructions for Completing the CPE

Print the complete instructions (pdf) .

1. Check your internet browser settings.

  • MapleTA is certified to run on the combinations of operating systems and internet browsers linked here: MapleTA supported platforms.
  • Your browser's internet settings must accept "pop-ups" and "cookies" while accessing the online CPE. This is so that our server running the MapleTA software can communicate with your computer. You can change these settings back once you've completed the CPE.
  • You must also have a recent version of Java installed on your computer, as many of the questions use javascripts in their creation. The lasted version of Java is available free and easy to download from the website: http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp

2. Access your WLU Novell/myLaurier email account to ensure it has been created.

  • From Laurier's homepage, under Quick Links, click on 'Webmail' and then select the "myLaurier Student Webmail" option.  If you receive a Security Alert message box, click 'Yes' to continue. 
  • A login screen should appear, requesting your Username and Password.
  • Your username is made up of 8 characters: the first four letters of your last name followed by the last four digits of your WLU student number. For example, Jane Smith with WLU id number 100230789, would have a username of: smit0789
  • Your password is initially set to your date of birth as an eight digit number with the format MMDDYYYY. For example, a birth date of February 15 1981 would be entered as: 02151981.   
    • Your Novell/myLaurier email account will be created automatically by our ITS department, within a few days of our Registrar's Office receiving your acceptance confirmation.  After a successful login, you have now activated your Novell/myLaurier email account - check this regularly for any current information sent from WLU.
    • If your username and default password are not accepted:
      • your username may have already been used by a previous student - in such cases, your username is altered slightly, and uses digits five through eight from your WLU student number. For example, the above student would try smit3078 as her username.
      • if neither combination of username/default password is accepted, then your Novell account may not have been created yet - please wait a few days and try again, and at that point if you are still unsuccessful, contact the ITS Student Help Desk (email:  support@mylaurier.ca, or call: 519.884.0710 Ext.2222).

 3. Login to the MapleTA software and register for the CPE.

  • Go to the MapleTA login webpage:  https://mapleta.wlu.ca/mapleta
  • Use your Novell username (the 8 characters, such as smit0789) and password to login to the software.
  • Once logged in, a list of any MapleTA "classes" you are registered in will then appear (note that these are not the same as your Laurier courses).
    • If the Calculus Preparation Evaluation (CPE), 2014 is listed, click its link to access the classpage.
    • If the CPE is not listed as a "class" you are taking, click on the "Find classes open for registration" link, select Calculus Preparation Evaluation (CPE), 2014, and click on the Register button; after confirming registration, click on the class link to access the classpage.
  • You are now on the CPE 2014 class homepage. There are two links available, one for the Sample Evaluaton and one for the actual CPE. Clicking these links will open the relevant set of questions, so only do so when you are ready to complete them.
  • There is also a "Logout" button, which you should use when you are ready to close the MapleTA software.

4. Complete the Sample Evaluation (optional).

Note: The Sample Evaluation is also available as a pdf file. You may opt to print the Sample Evaluation, complete it by hand, and then check your answers manually. Refer to the full solution set to review any material you have forgotten.

  • Login to the MapleTA software and navigate to the CPE 2014 class homepage.
  • Click on the link for the "Sample Evaluation". Only one question at a time will be displayed, with its four choices of answers. Some operating systems/browsers will download the entire set of questions to its cache, which may take a few minutes to complete - in the meantime only a blank screen will be displayed. In such cases, please be patient and allow the computer to do its work.
  • Answer each question by using your mouse to click in the circle to the left of your chosen answer. Progress to the next problem, by clicking on the "Next" button near the top of the page.
  • After answering all questions, click on the "Grade" button near the top of the page.
    • If you did not provide an answer to any of the problems, a message will be displayed giving you the opportunity to go back and answer them if you so wish. You can also click on "Grade" again without providing answers to the missed questions, and they will be graded as incorrect.
  • Your final score will be displayed as a percentage, along with a link to a complete solution set (in a pdf format). You can also click on the "View Details" button near the top of the page to see your results question by question. Solutions to each individual problem can be viewed this way.
  • When finished, click on the "Quit & Save" button near the top of the page. This will return you to the CPE 2014 class homepage.
  • You can also "Quit & Save" part way through completing the Sample Evaluation. You can then return at a later time, and if you open the Sample Evaluation, your previous work will have been saved.

5. Complete the CPE.

  • Set aside 60-120 minutes to complete the Evaluation, which is comprised of 50 mulitple choice questions covering important precaclulus material. Have scrap paper and pencil at hand to work through solutions; no other aids should be used.

Note that you cannot "Quit & Save" part way through completing the actual CPE - the time limit will continue to count down and expire while you are logged out. You must complete the CPE within one sitting.

  • Login to the MapleTA software and navigate to the CPE 2014 class homepage. Click on the link for the Calculus Preparation Evaluation.  Once the first question has been displayed, the time limit of 120 minutes will start to count down.
  • Only one question at a time will be displayed, with its four choices of answers. Answer each question by using your mouse to click in the circle to the left of your chosen answer. Progress to the next problem by clicking on the "Next" button near the top of the page.
    • If your computer freezes while, or after loading the first question, this indicates that you need to update the version of Java installed on your computer. Close down MapleTA and refer to the website mentioned in Step 1 to upgrade Java.
  • After answering all questions, click on the "Grade" button near the top of the page.
    • If you did not provide an answer to any of the problems, a message will be displayed giving you the opportunity to go back and answer them if you so wish. You can also click on "Grade" again without providing answers to the missed questions, and they will be graded as incorrect.
  • Your final score will be displayed as a percentage - along with important information about registering for your calculus course. Please read this!
  • You can also click on the "View Details" button near the top of the page to see your results question by question. It is important to take note of which topics you were unable to answer correctly. Given the actual answer as displayed, can you rework the problem correctly now? Or have you forgotten how to complete that type of question?
  • When finished reviewing your results, click on the "Quit & Save" button near the top of the page. This will return you to the CPE 2014 class homepage from which you can Logout of the MapleTA software.

You’re done! Within 5 business days, we will have manually transferred your CPE score to our database. You will then be able to use LORIS to register in a calculus course. If after 5 business days, you still get a “Preq & Test Score Error” when you try to register for MA100, MA103, MA110* or MA129, please contact Tina (see below).

Remember:  The purpose of completing the Evaluation is to discover which topics from high school math you have retained, and which topics you may have forgotten; the score you obtain will not restrict you from registering in a calculus course, but realize that your calculus instructor will assume you are familiar with the majority of the material covered by the Evaluation.  If you need some brushing up on your math skills, the Mathematics Assistance Centre is here to help!

Checking your results:  If you did not, or were not able to, check your results after completing the CPE, click here for instructions on how to do so.  If you received an error message upon submission of your answers, in most cases your results are indeed recorded - use the above link and follow the instructions to verify that your score was entered.

For further information, please feel free to contact:

          Tina Balfour
          Phone: (519) 884-0710, Extension 2077
          Email: tbalfour@wlu.ca