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Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses


The Advanced Placement Program (AP) sponsored by the College Board offers secondary school students the opportunity to participate in challenging college-level course work while still in high school. UMA recognizes specific AP grades enabling students to receive credit for their achievement

UMA Accepted AP scores

AP Exam

Score

Credits Granted

UMA Class

Art History

3, 4 or 5

3

ARH 105

Biology

 

3

4

BIO 110

4 or 5

8

BIO 110/1xx

Calculus AB

3, 4 or 5

3

MAT 125

Calculus BC

3, 4 or 5

6

MAT 125/126

Chemistry

 

3

4

CHY 115

4 or 5

8

CHY 115/116

Computer Science A

 

3

3

Waives CIS 101 and credit for CIS 210, option to take a previous final in a CIS 215 course

4 or 5

6

Waives CIS 101 and credit for CIS 210 and CIS 215

Computer Science AB

 

3

3

Waives CIS 101 and credit for CIS 210

4 or 5

6

Waives CIS 101 and credit for CIS 210 and CIS 215

English 
Language/Comp

  

3

3

ENG 101

4

3

ENG 101 or ENG 102

5

6

ENG 101 and ENG 102

English Literature/Comp

  

3

3

ENG 101

4

3

ENG 101 or ENG 102

5

6

ENG 101 and ENG 102

European History

3, 4 or 5

3

HTY 102

Government & Politics/US

3, 4 or 5

3

POS 101

Human Geography 

3, 4, or 5 

GEO 1XX 

 Macroeconomics

 3, 4 or 5

ECO 201 

 Microeconomics

3, 4 or 5 

 

ECO 202 

 Physics B

3

4

PHY 115

4 or 5

8

PHY 115/116

Psychology

3, 4 or 5

3

PSY 100

 Statistics

3, 4 or 5 

 3

MAT 115 

US History

3

3

HTY 103

(CLEP) College Level Examination Program

UMA participates in CLEP for college credit. Students in UMA degree programs may earn a maximum of 45 credits through CLEP.

UMA is also an open test center. This means that anyone who wishes to take CLEP exams at UMA may do so and the results can be sent to any CLEP participating institution.

    

To Register:

 

UMA - Augusta Campus, contact Eric Allain at 207-621-3392, or eric.allain@maine.edu.

UMA - Bangor Campus, contact Stephanie Graves at 207-262-7802, or graves@maine.edu.

 Eric and Stephanie will be able to provide registration forms and details for the registration process. *NOTE:  UMA requires a $25 service fee to register for the CLEP exam. 

 

  • Prior to testing, please contact the college/university that you'll be sending your score report to (for credit) so that you'll know what the required passing score is.
  • Your first choice date will usually be available, if not, the test administrator will call to reschedule. After the exam has been scheduled, it is the student's responsibility to cancel or reschedule. Please arrive for testing on time; late candidates will not be permitted to take the exam.
  • If you are taking an exam with a required essay (excluding College Composition), there is a $10 essay fee. The fee will only be charged if the examinee passes the multiple choice section of the exam. The essay will count as another test session, however will not be charged an additional service fee.

 

SPRING 2014 - 

Augusta -

February 18 - 9 am and 1 pm

February 20 - 9 am and 1 pm

* The Augusta campus will be upgrading to the new CLEP platform in March 2014. After the upgrade is complete, we will post testing dates for the upcoming months. Thank you for your patience during the transition.

 Testing is by appointment in Bangor.

 

REMEMBER: Please bring 2 forms of identification with you to the test center. The first must be a Primary I.D. (Driver's License, Passport, Military I.D. with signature, State I.D. or a Government I.D.). The second form can be either a Primary I.D. or a Secondary I.D. (Job I.D., Social Security Card, University/College I.D.). We cannot allow you to take the test without 2 proper forms of identification.

Please refer to the following site for study guide information: www.collegeboard.org/clep

 

CLEP PAYMENT

 

The College Board now requires students to purchase the CLEP exam on their site at http://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam. The examinee will need to create an account, then purchase the exam with a credit/debit card payment. A voucher number will be created to give to the site where you are registering to take the CLEP test.

 

The following are CLEP exams UMA accepts credits for:

 

UMA APPROVED CLEP EXAMINATION

 

CLEP Examination

UMA's Required Score

Credit Granted

Equivalent Course(s)

 

Notes

Composition & Literature

American Literature

50

6

ENG 250/251

Essay Required

Analyzing & Interpreting Literature

50

3

ENG 102

Essay Required

College Composition

50

3

ENG 101

 

College Composition (Modular)

50

-

-

No credit

English Literature

50

6

ENG 202/203

Essay Required

Humanities

50

3

HUM 1XX

 

Science & Mathematics

Algebra, College

50

3

MAT 112

 

Biology

50

8

BIO 110/1xx

 

Chemistry

50

8

CHY 115/116

 

Calculus

50

6

MAT125/126

 

College Mathematics

50

3

MAT 1XX

 

Natural Sciences

50

6

Science Elect

 

Pre-Calculus

50

3

MAT 124

 

Foreign Languages

French Language, Level 1

50

6

FRE 101/102

 

French, Level 2

62

6

FRE 203/204

 

German Language, Level 1

-

-

-

 

German, Level 2

63

6

Foreign Lang Elective

 

Spanish Language, Level 1

50

6

SPA 101/102

 

Spanish, Level 2

66

6

SPA 203/204

 

History & Social Sciences

American Government

50

3

POS 101

 

Educational Psychology, Introduction to

50

3

PSY401/EDU 201

 

History of the U.S.I:Early Colonization to 1877

50

3

HTY 103

 

History of the U.S. II:  1865 to the Present

50

3

HTY 104

 

Human Growth & Development

50

3

PSY 308

 

Macroeconomics, Principles of

50

3

ECO 201

 

Microeconomics, Principles of

50

3

ECO 202

 

Psychology, Introductory

50

3

PSY 100

 

Social Sciences & History

50

6

Soc Sci Elect

 

Sociology, Introductory

50

3

SOC 101

 

Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East-1648

50

3

HTY 101

 

Western Civilization II:  1648 to the Present

50

3

HTY 102

 

Business

Financial Accounting

50

6

BUA 101/211

 

Business Law, Introductory

50

3

BUA 230

 

Information Systems & Computer Applications

50

3

CIS 100

 

Management, Principles of

50

3

BUA 223 or POS 223

 

Marketing, Principles of

50

3

BUA 369

 
 

UMA Challenge Exams

Challenge examination is available to students who are enrolled in UMA degree programs. Challenge Exams are defined and prepared by UMA faculty.

NOTE: UMA Challenge Exams are only recognized by The University of Maine at Augusta. Credits cannot be transferred to other institutions.

The following challenge options are available (click on test for registration form. UMA Advising must be contacted for POS Challenge exams, (207) 621-3392):

 

To Register:

 

Challenge Exams are set up by appointment through UMA Advising: Augusta - 207-621-3392 or eric.allain@maine.edu, Bangor - 207-262-7802 or graves@maine.edu, or contact your local center.

a test payment to UMA for $80 per exam is due upon registration

 

Defense Activity For Non-Traditional (DANTES)

UMA is an open test center for anyone who wishes to take the DANTES examinations. Payment waivers for Military personnel do not apply to the written DANTES exam.

DANTES exams are administered at UMA's Augusta Campus.

Note: UMA does not administer the Dantes Public Speaking exam.

 

To Register

DANTES exams are set up by appointment through UMA Advising, 207-621-3392, or email at eric.allain@maine.edu. The Test Center code is #8612.

  • The following are required for the DANTES registration:
    • a non-refundable service fee payable to UMA for $25 per exam, due upon registration
  • a MONEY ORDER payable to the DSST Program for $80 per exam (can be paid on the test day)
  • a request for a map if you need directions to the testing location (if needed)

 

Please refer to the following site for practice test information: www.getcollegecredit.com

 

The following are DANTES exams UMA accepts credit for:

DANTES EXAM UMA CREDIT FOR   # of Credits  

General Anthropology

ANT 101 or ANT 1XX    

 3

Art of the Western World

ARH 1XX

 3

Introduction to Business

BUA 100

 3

Personal Finance BUA 151  3
Principles of Supervision BUA 223  3
Principles of Finance BUA 251  3
Business Law II BUA 2XX  3
Personnel/Human Resource Management BUA 361 OR
POS 361
 3

Organizational Behavior

BUA 365 OR
POS 365
 3
Foundations of Education EDU 250

 3

Human/Cultural Geography GEO 1XX

 3

Substance Abuse HUS 125

 3

Criminal Justice JUS 103

 3

Introduction to Law Enforcement

JUS 103  3

Fundamentals of Counseling

HUS 330  3
Business Mathematics MAT 1XX  3
Fundamentals of College Algebra MAT 111  3
Introductory Statistics MAT 115  3
Ethics in America (must include essay) PHI 250  3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology PSY 308  3

The University of Maine at Augusta recognizes that some students have previously acquired information and skills which may be equivalent to college-level courses.  Portfolio Assessment is a standardized process through which students can demonstrate knowledge and experience in a particular field in order to gain credit for specific UMA courses.  Portfolio Assessment involves compiling pertinent information into a portfolio and submitting it for faculty review.  This process, including portfolio preparation and faculty review, usually requires several months.

Policies & Procedures:

  1. Students must be matriculated into an Associate or Bachelor degree program to be eligible for Portfolio Assessment.  Students in certificate programs of 30 credits or more are also eligible.  Non-degree students and students enrolled in certificate programs less than 30 credits must receive permission from the appropriate College Dean in order to be eligible for Portfolio Assessment.
  2. Typically, students who have acquired a minimum of two years of work experience may submit a portfolio provided that their knowledge and skills are deemed equivalent to the content of certain UMA courses.
  3. Students in Associate degree programs and 30 credit certificate programs may earn a maximum of 15 credits via Portfolio Assessment. Students in Bachelor degree programs may earn a maximum of 30 credits via Portfolio Assessment.
  4. Students may not submit a portfolio for courses for which testing options already exist (CLEP, DANTES, Challenge Exam).  Contact the Academic and Career Advising Center for information regarding these tests (Room 225 Student Center, Augusta, 621-3149), or visit UMA's website at: http://www.uma.edu/testingassessment.html.
  5. In order to be considered for Portfolio Assessment, your learning should possess the following characteristics:
    1. It must be measurable.  This includes learning that has resulted in licenses or certificates for non-credit training programs, and training or experiences leading to demonstrable skills, such as CEU's.
    2. It must be both theoretical and practical. Learning which can be described as leading to both understanding and demonstrable skill is more likely to be deemed worthy of college credit.
    3. It must be generalized.  Learning which lends itself to a broad variety of applications is typically viewed as more creditable than that which relates to a single setting.  For example, a caseworker for the Department of Health & Human Services has a broader range of knowledge and skills than a person who operates his/her own childcare center for 4 or 5 children.
  6. The fee for Portfolio Assessment is $35 per credit hour (i.e. a 3-credit course costs $105).  No refunds will be given for credits not awarded.

Outline of Portfolio Assessment Process:

STEP 1:

Contact a staff member in the Academic and Career Advising Center for guidance and an initial discussion about your prior learning and experience.  The Advising Center staff will:

  1. Verify that your prior learning is directly related to a UMA course.
  2. Identify a faculty member who teaches the course, and is willing to review your portfolio.  The Advising Center staff can give you the faculty member's contact information.

STEP 2:

Contact the faculty member for an informal conversation about your knowledge and experience.  The faculty member will determine if the scope of your knowledge and experience is equivalent to what they teach in their course, and sufficient to be considered for college credit.  If he/she agrees that you should move forward, continue the portfolio process.  The faculty member may be willing to work with you in compiling your portfolio. 

STEP 3:

Begin to put together your portfolio, and be sure to include the minimum contents listed in this packet.  Faculty members may request additional items as they deem necessary, or an interview if they would like to learn more about your competencies.

Compile your portfolio in a three-ring binder with dividers and tabs. If you are requesting credits for more than one course, it is recommended that you either submit separate portfolios, or one portfolio which clearly indicates which materials apply to which course. Your portfolio should be thorough, and presented in a neat and professional manner.

STEP 4:

Submit your completed portfolio, a Student Request for Portfolio Assessment form, and a check payable to UMA to:

University of Maine at Augusta
Academic and Career Advising Center
Room 225, Student Center
46 University Dr.
Augusta, ME  04330

Advising Center staff will line up the faculty reviewer(s) and submit the portfolio to them.  After careful review, the faculty reviewer(s) will make one of the following decisions:

  1. Assign partial or full credit for the course(s) you requested.
  2. Require additional study/work by the student before awarding credit.
  3. Deem the portfolio unsuitable for college credit.

STEP 5:

When the portfolio review has been completed, you will be notified by mail of the outcome. All awarded credits will be reflected on your academic transcript, which can be viewed in MaineStreet. Completed portfolios will be held in the Academic and Career Advising office for 2 years. After 2 years, you will be able to pick up your portfolio. If you do not pick up your portfolio, and cannot be reached by Advising staff members, your portfolio will be purged.

Minimum Portfolio Contents:

  1. Completed Student Request for Portfolio Assessment form.
  2. Detailed resume.
  3. Syllabus (syllabi) from course(s) which the portfolio will supplant. Syllabi can be received from the faculty member who teaches the course, or the appropriate College Office.
  4. Personal narrative of your experiences, emphasizing work history and interests regarding work in the chosen field, i.e., explain what factors led to your interest in the field and how these factors influenced your choice of career.
  5. Detailed list of your relevant work and volunteer experiences.
  6. Detailed statements of your knowledge and competencies acquired through on-the-job experience.  This section should include summaries of your work related to specific course goals and objectives.
  7. Supporting documentation: performance evaluations and job descriptions from past and/or present employers and/or field placement supervisors.
  8. Three letters of recommendation from work supervisors detailing your work duties and skills.  These letters should be on official stationery from a supervisor delineating skills and competencies.  The letters should contain the following information:
    1. The length of time worked
    2. Particular duties performed (include job description)
    3. The learning involved in performing these tasks
    4. Level of performance
    5. Typical requirements of the work experience
  9. Verification of relevant trainings or workshop attendance.
  10. Awards, Honors and other Recognition
    1. Professional licenses or certificates
    2. Membership and activity in professional organizations or in labor relations
    3. Awards, citations or other examples of achievement recognized by others
    4. Books, papers or manuals written, edited or significant contributions made
    5. Experiences as a lecturer, panelist, instructor, etc.
  11. Bibliography of readings relevant to your professional field.