Information for Students and Advisors

Some information about placement is presented below.  The course numbers that are shown on your report refer to the UMA course numbering system.  Detailed descriptions of UMA courses can be found in the current UMA course guide.

If your location does not offer REA 008 and/or ENG 005, please contact your local Center or the UMA Advising and Information Center (207) 621-3149 or 1-877-UMA-1234, Ext. 3149 for assistance.  Several alternatives may be available to you such as taking an Adult Education course and then retaking the CPT’s or taking an equivalent course through another college campus.

 CPT’S TEST SCORES
In the section of your report labeled “Test Results”, several different types of scores are displayed. 
SCORE The number recorded under the word “Score” is the total score you received on that CPTs test.  The maxmium score for each part of the test is 120.
SEM SEM” stands for standard error of measurement.  This number is a prediction of how many points your score might increase or decrease if you took the test a second time.
PERCENTILE Percentile” rank is a method of comparing your score to the scores of other students who have taken the CPTs.  For Example:  A percentile rank of 52 means that your score is higher than the scores of 52 percent of another group of students who have taken the CPTs.  Percentile rank is not the same as the percentage of questions you answered correctly.
ENGLISH (WRITING) PLACEMENT
Course displayed on your reportPlacement information
 ENG 005 You are required to take ENG 005 (Basic Writing) before taking ENG 101 (College Writing).  A score >= 54 and <= 80 is required on the Sentence Skills test to take ENG 005.
ENG 101 You may register for ENG 101 (College Writing).  A score >= 72 on the Reading is required AND a score > 80 and <= 111 is required on the Sentence Skills.
ENG 101 and CLEP ENG You and your advisor should discuss whether it would be best for you to take the ENG 101 course or take a CLEP exam to satisfy your ENG 101 requirement.  A score >= 94 on the Reading is required AND a score > 111 on the Sentence Skills is required for the CLEP exam.
READING PLACEMENT
Course displayed on your reportPlacement information
REA 008 You are required to take REA 008 (Reading for Understanding).  A score >= 51 and < 72 is required for REA 008.
NONE You are not required to take REA 008.  A score >= 72 is required for None.
MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT
Course displayed on your reportPlacement information
MAT 009 You may register for MAT 009 (Foundations of Mathematics).  A score >= 37 but <= 65 on the Arithmetic portion OR < 27 on the Algebra portion is required.
MAT 020/030 You may register for MAT 020/030 (Introductory Algebra (Part I or II)). A score > 65 on the Arithmetic portion AND >= 27 but <= 40 on the Algebra portion is required.
MAT 021/030 You may register for MAT 021 (Introductory Algebra (Part II)) or MAT 030 (Algebra I).  A score > 65 on the Arithmetic portion AND > 40 but <= 54 on the Algebra portion is required.
MAT 100 You may register for MAT 100 (Mathematics and its Applications).  A score > 65 on the Arithmetic portion AND a score > 54 but <= 81 on the Algebra portion is required.
MAT 111 and MAT 115 You may register for MAT 111 (Algebra II) and MAT 115 (Statistics).  A score > 81 on the Algebra portion AND <= 62  on the College Math portion is required.
MAT 112/113 You may register for MAT 112 (College Algebra) or MAT 113 (Mathematics for Business and Economics I).  A score > 62 but  <= 85 on the College Math portion is required.
CLEP-MATH If “CLEP-MATH” appears as a recommended placement for mathematics, then you may want to consider taking the CLEP exam in College Algebra (credit for MAT 112).  Discuss this option with your advisor.  A score > 85 on the College Math portion is required.
ADULT EDUCATION
Course displayed on your reportPlacement information
READING This placement means that the UMA faculty strongly recommends that you take an  Adult Education course in Reading before you take the REA 008 (Reading for Understanding) course.  Your score was < 51.
ENGLISH This placement means that the UMA faculty strongly recommends that you take an Adult Education course in Writing before you take the ENG 005 (Basic Writing) course.  Your score was < 54.
ARITHMETIC This placement means that the UMA faculty strongly recommends that you take an Adult Education course in Arithmetic or basic mathematics before you take the MAT 009 (Foundation of Mathematics) course.  Your score was < 37.