The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Undergraduate Admissions
Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT)

All new applicants to the Faculty of Social Sciences (whose entry was September 2018) who are required to write the above-mentioned test are hereby informed the test will be held on:
 10 A.M. – 12 NOON & 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.


Applicants are required to:
  • Register for the Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT). To do so send an email to with “MP Test” in the subject line. Please provide your name and preferred date and time as outlined above, to which you will receive a return email which will include your login and temporary password.  You will then be able to access sample tests.
  • All candidates must present a valid picture identification, e.g. National Identification Card, Passport, Driver’s licence, etc. along with receipt of payment for the Test in order to gain entry.  The BBD $50 fee is payable at the Cashier in the Bursary.
  • Candidates are required to arrive at Micro Lab 5, UWI Cave Hill Campus, at least half hour before the test begins.
Please note that cellular phones and/or other electronic devices are not permitted even if they are off or silenced.
Exemptions from the Test
Students who possess one of the following within the last five (5) years are exempt from taking the test:
  1. Grades 1 to 4 in ALL CAPE Mathematics Unit 1 or 2
  2. Grades A, B or C in Cambridge ‘A’ Level Mathematics
  3. Grade 1 or 2 in CSEC General Proficiency Mathematics
  4. Grades 1 or 2 in CSEC Additional Mathematics
  5. Grades 9, 8, 7 or 6 in GSCE Mathematics under the new grading scheme (A or B under the old grading scheme)
  6. Grade B or above in CORE 103 - Practical Mathematics from the Barbados Community College
  7. Pass the Faculty of Social Sciences' Mathematics Proficiency Test
  8. A passing grade in the Faculty’s Preliminary Mathematics for Social Sciences course.
Successful completion, or exemption from the test will allow you to progress to register for the Level I courses:
ECON 1003 - Mathematics for Social Sciences I and ECON 1005 - Introduction to Statistics.
Failure in the Test

If you didn't take the test without being exempted or were unsuccessful then you are required to pass the remedial course ECON 0101 – Preliminary Mathematics for Social Sciences BEFORE registering for the two Level I courses mentioned above. 

ECON 0101 – Preliminary Mathematics for Social Sciences is offered in both semesters for a fee of BBD $500.  Note that this fee is additional to any other tuition fees.

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