To ensure students have a solid academic foundation, the Office of Advising utilizes placement testing to determine students’ level of skill in one or more academic areas. This allows UMA staff to identify the most appropriate courses for enrollment.
Students may be waived from placement testing with appropriate test scores, previous college coursework, or other criteria. Please note, SAT/ACT scores are valid for three years from the test date. Math placement testing scores are valid for 1.5 years from the test date.
NOTE: SAT scores must be current to be used for placement. Current is defined as exams taken within the past three years.
SAT English Scores: If a student scores 500 or higher on the reading portion of the SAT, he/she does not have to take the placement test. The student can automatically enter into ENG 101 College Writing.
SAT Math Scores: Students who score a 480 or higher on the math portion of the SAT are not required to take the UMA Placement Test. Score ranges below will establish appropriate placement in math courses:
Scores less than 480: student must completed the Math portion of the UMA placement test for course placement.
480 but <500: Eligible for MAT 100
500 and above: Eligible for MAT 100, 111, 115, or any course with a MAT 30 prerequisite.
540 and above and Algebra II completed on High School transcript with a grade of “C” or better: Eligible to take MAT 112, 113, or any course with a MAT 111 prerequisite.
NOTE: ACT scores must be current to be used for placement. Current is defined as exams taken within the past three years.
ACT English Scores: If a student scores total score of 36 or higher on the English + Reading portion of the ACT, he/she does not have to take the placement test. The student can automatically enter into ENG 101 College Writing.
ACT Math Scores: Students who score a 17 or higher on the math portion of the ACT are not required to take the UMA Placement Test. Score ranges below will establish appropriate placement in math courses:
Scores less than 17: student must complete the Math portion of the UMA placement test for course placement.
ACT Math Score 17: Eligible for MAT 100
ACT Math Score 18 and Above: Eligible for MAT 100, 111, 115, or any course with a MAT 30 prerequisite.
ACT Math Score 22 and above and Algebra II completed on High School transcript with a grade of “C” or better: Eligible to take MAT 112, 113, or any course with a MAT 111 prerequisite.
UMA administers the Accuplacer in Reading – Writing – Arithmetic – Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics – Advanced Algebra and Functions. The tests are administered on a personal computer. It is an untimed multiple-choice exam.
When you first sit at the computer, you will be asked to enter some background information such as your social security number, name, address, date of birth, etc. The actual test questions will appear one at a time on the computer screen. The tests will ask you to select the correct response from among four or five alternatives presented in writing. You will choose your answer by moving the mouse pointer to the button next to your answer. Press the mouse button to select the answer. Then, move your mouse pointer to the “Next” button below the answer and press the mouse button. As soon as you have clicked on the “Next” button, a box will appear asking you to confirm your answer choice. If you believe your answer is correct, click “OK”. If you wish to change your answer, click “Cancel”. You can change your answer as many times as you wish until you have confirmed it. It is important that you answer every question. If you do not know the answer, make your best guess. You must enter one of the choices provided. Once you have confirmed your answer, you may not return to that question or any previous question.
No previous computer experience is needed in order to take the Accuplacer. A staff member at your testing location will greet you personally, help you get started, and be available should you have any questions as you take the tests. There is no time limit on the multiple choice tests, but the total testing time for most students who take the reading, writing and mathematics sections is 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
Descriptions of the tests are provided to help you become familiar with the format of the Accuplacer. Most students find it especially helpful to review math concepts before taking the tests. You will not be allowed to bring a calculator, however, Accuplacer does include a pop-up calculator for some math questions. Pencils and scratch paper will also be provided.
The following website can be helpful with preparing for the exam:
ACCUPLACER offers a Free App with many of study questions to help familiarize a student with basic content on the exam. It can be found here: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students
Just choose Next Generation Accuplacer, then scroll down to the sample questions listed in the PDF documents.
On test day, make sure that you are well rested, comfortably dressed and not hungry when you come for testing. If you wear eyeglasses, don’t forget to bring them along. You will be asked to show one form of identification (photo preferred) when you come for testing. A computer will be reserved for you when you make your appointment for placement testing. If you need to change your appointment, please do so as early as possible.
Remember you cannot “fail” the placement tests. Placement testing will benefit you by ensuring that you take courses that are appropriate for your current skill levels.
UMA placement testing is provided (free of charge for two attempts) at the Augusta campus, Bangor campus, all University of Maine Centers and at selected ITV sites. You can make an appointment to take the test at the location nearest you by calling one of the phone numbers listed below.
(207) 621-3149 or
(207) 442-7736 or 1-800-696-2329
(207) 564-2942 or 1-800-590-2942
(207) 746-5741 or 1-800-498-8200
(207) 667-3897 or 1-800-696-2540
(207) 834-7500 or 1-888-879-8635
(207) 521-3100 or 1-800-584-0874
(207) 364-7882 or 1-800-696-1103
(207) 282-4111 or 1-800-696-3391
(207) 743-8842, Ext. 5211
Students who need special testing accommodations due to a disability should complete a Request for Accommodation Form (available at all UMA testing locations).
Out of state students required to complete the Accuplacer must locate a proctor. Once verified, the proctor will be sent login information. The proctor agreement form can be found here. Students may be responsible for an administration fee at the test location.
At some locations you will receive a report of your test results immediately after you finish taking the tests. At other locations, you will receive your report by mail within a few days. Be sure to ask for a copy of “Understanding Your UMA Placement Test Report: Information for Students and Advisors.”
How your test results determine your placement is explained on the “Understanding Your UMA Placement Test Report: Information for Students and Advisors.”
After a 15 day preparation period, one retake is allowed in each section of accuplacer. The on-site Accuplacer coordinator can waive the preparation period if there is a need to retake the test before the 15 days have elapsed. Subsequent testing is allowed with a $10.00 retesting fee for each section or a $25.00 for all three sections. The subsequent tests would need to be scheduled at UMA – Augusta, UMA – Bangor, or at the sites in Bath/Brunswick, East Millinocket, Ellsworth, Houlton, Norway/South Paris, Rockland, Rumford/Mexico or Saco.
Augusta: Placement tests are available most days at 9 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm. Please call 1-866-UMA-1234, x3149, or (207) 621-3149 to set up a time.
Bangor: by appointment
Sites or Centers: Please contact your Site or Center to schedule an appointment.
Scroll down to Test Preparation Resources and choose to download the Next Generation Study App, or choose the appropriate study section and download the .PDF document.
While placement testing may allows students to waive developmental course work, it does not waive degree requirements. Students may pursue avenues to earn course credit through Prior Learning Assessment and transfer to meet degree requirements.