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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Economics

Mathematics Proficiency Test

Test Dates

Please note the following upcoming dates and times for the Mathematics Proficiency Test.
JANUARY 2021  
Registration Period: Monday, December 7, 2020 - Friday, December 18, 2020 
Examination Date:

Monday, January 11, 2021
Times: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.


APRIL 2021  
Registration Period: Monday, March 22, 2021 – Friday, April 2, 2021
Examination On:
Monday, April 19, 2021 & Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Times: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

AUGUST 2021  
Registration Period:  Monday, July 19, 2021 – Friday, July 30, 2021
Examination On: Monday, August 16, 2021 & Tuesday, August 17, 2021  
Times: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.


Who is exempted from the Test?

Students who possess one of the following within the last five (5) years are exempt from taking the Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT) and can go on to register for ECON 1003- Introduction to Maths for Social Science I or ECON 1005 – Introduction to Statistics.

Grades 1 to 4 in ALL CAPE Mathematics Unit 1 or 2
  • Grades A, B or C in Cambridge ‘A’ Level Mathematics
  • Grade 1 or 2 in CXC / CSEC General Proficiency Mathematics
  • Grades 1 or 2 in CXC / CSEC Additional Mathematics
  • Grades 9, 8, 7 or 6 in GCSE Mathematics under the new grading scheme (A or B under the old grading scheme)
  • Grade B or above in CORE 103 - Practical Mathematics from the Barbados Community College
  • Pass the Faculty of Social Sciences’ Mathematics Proficiency Test
  • A passing grade in the Faculty’s Preliminary Mathematics for Social Sciences course
  • Grades 7, 6, 5 and 4 for the International Baccalaureate (IB) in (a) Mathematical Studies SL, (b) Mathematics SL, (c) Mathematics HL and (d) Further Mathematics HL *
  • Grades 7, 6, 5 and 4 for the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Mathematics HL and Further Mathematics HL only are exempt with credit from ECON1003 *
  • Grade B or higher in relevant Mathematics course for Associate Degrees from the Barbados Community College, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, T.A. Marryshow Community College, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College.  Associate Degrees from other community colleges or two-year colleges will be assessed by the Department of Economics
  • Students who pursue Associate Degrees majoring in Mathematics, solely or jointly with another discipline, are exempt with credit from ECON1003. 
N.B.: SL = standard level HL = higher level
* From 2021, the names of the IB mathematics courses will be replaced by Mathematics           Analysis  and Approaches (SL/HL) and Mathematics and Interpretations (SL/HL)


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many times can you sit the Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT)?
     Only once.
  • If I pay for the test and then cannot sit it at the specified time can I use that receipt to sit it at the        next available sitting?      
      Yes you can.
  • Can the MPT be sit outside of Cave Hill Campus?
      No, that facility is not available as yet.