Are you required to take calculus as part of your program? Or perhaps you're thinking of taking a calculus course as an elective. You now have to decide which calculus course is the right one for you.
The Calculus Preparation Evaluation (CPE) is a mandatory online test to register in one of Laurier's four introductory calculus courses: MA100, MA103, MA110 or MA129. Registration into any of those courses will be restricted until you complete the CPE. Once your CPE score has been recorded, the restriction on LORIS for your account will be removed and you'll be able to register for the calculus course of your choosing.
The purpose of this process is to maximize your opportunity for successful completion of the calculus requirement of your program, by helping you:
If calculus is a required course, check your progression requirements very carefully so that you know what options are available for your specific program.
Note: Students obtaining a grade below 50% on the CPE will most likely have difficulty completing any firstyear university calculus course, and should seriously consider upgrading their skills beforehand. Our Mathematics Assistance Centre offers a noncredit course, titled "TriAGe: Preparation for Calculus," that can help students review prerequisite skills.
We are available to help you make an informed decision! Contact either a mathematics advisor or an advisor in your home discipline if you have any questions.
The Department of Mathematics offers four entrylevel calculus courses:
This course serves as the minimum calculus requirement for various programs offered by the School of Business and Economics, and is taken by the majority of students in these programs.
Completion of MA129 will limit your choice of senior math courses for which you will have the prerequisite; thus, if you have a strong background in mathematics and think that you may want to further your studies in this area, you should consider either MA110* or MA103 instead.
A student who has earned credit for MA129 does have the option to later enrol in MA103 if she or he wishes.
These courses form the foundation for the calculus required in the programs offered by the Department of Mathematics and Department of Physics and Computer Science. From either of these courses, a student can progress into MA104 Calculus II (and then subsequently, into many additional senior math courses).
MA103 and MA110* can be thought of, in one way, as equivalent courses taught in two different ways. MA103 assumes the student has a relatively strong mathematical background, and completes the material in one term (0.5 credit). MA110*, however, incorporates additional emphasis on basic algebra, trigonometry and limits along the way, completing the material over two terms (1.0 credit). For example, MA110* will take a closer look at properties of exponential and logarithmic functions and spend some time discussing trigonometric functions, as well as limits as the foundation of differential calculus, at the time these topics are encountered in the coursework, whereas MA103 will assume the students already have a good working knowledge of this material.
In order to consider MA103 as an option, a student must have credit for Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (or equivalent), and must have scored 70% or better on the CPE.
This course serves as the entry point for most other BSc programs, such as Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Kinesiology.
Normally this course is followed by MA101, though interested students may opt to take MA103 instead. Completion of either MA101 or MA103 then gives you the option of enrolling in MA104.
The CPE covers topics in secondarylevel mathematics that are essential for success in an entry postsecondarylevel mathematics courses, particularly firstyear calculus.
A sample set of questions is available to preview the types of problems that you will see on the actual CPE:
To take the online CPE, you must have accepted your offer of admission through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre and obtained your Laurier email account.
If preferred, you may also make arrangements to come to Laurier's Waterloo campus to complete the evaluation. Contact us to arrange this.
MapleTA is certified to run on the combinations of operating systems and Internet browsers.
Platform  OS Versions  Browsers  Hardware Requirements 
Windows (32bit and 64bit)  Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 


Macintosh (64bit)  Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 


Linux (32bit and 64bit)  SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12, Red Hat Enterprise 6, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 13.10 


iPad  iOS 6 or higher 


Android  Android 4.3 or higher 

*Instructors may require that you take a test in the MapleTA Proctored Browser Mode. The Proctored Browser Mode is available with Google Chrome and Firefox only.
Set aside 60120 minutes to complete the CPE, 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: You cannot "quit and 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 in one sitting.
Remember: The purpose of completing this 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!
If you did not, or were not able to, check your results upon completion of the CPE, you can do so by following these steps:
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Tina Balfour
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