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 Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic Skills, Elementary Algebra and College-Level Mathematics. 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 CPTs. 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 websites 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
Test Online Prep: www.testpreview.com look at the Accuplacer Section
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 CPT 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 and 2 pm. Please call 1-866-UMA-1234, x3149, or (207) 621-3149 to set up a time.
Bangor: by appointment
Sites or Centers: visit http://learn.maine.edu/get-started/placement-tests/
This test measures your ability to understand what you read. There will be 20 questions on this test. Some questions will ask you to read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. In other questions, two underlined sentences are followed by a question or statement.
Read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the statement or passage.
There are two types of pottery that I do. There is production pottery — mugs, tableware, the kinds of things that sell easily. These pay for my time to do the other work, which is more creative and satisfies my needs as an artist.
The author of the passage implies that:
A. artists have a tendency to waste valuable time
B. creativity and mass-production are incompatible
C. most people do not appreciate good art
D. pottery is not produced by creative artists
Two underlined sentences are followed by a question or statement. Read the sentences, then choose the best answer to the question or the best completion of the statement.
The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought in fifteen years.
Corn and soybean prices are expected to be very high this year.
What does the second sentence do?
A. It restates the idea found in the first.
B. It states an effect.
C. It gives an example.
D. It analyzes the statement made in the first.
This test measures your understanding of sentence structure—of how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear. There will be 20 questions on this test. In some questions, you will be asked to select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. In other questions, you will be asked to rewrite a sentence in you head. You will be told how to begin your new sentence.
Select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first one.
1. Ms. Rose planning to teach a course in biology next summer.
B. are planning
C. with a plan
2. The baby was obviously getting too hot, then Sam did what he could to cool her.
A. hot, then Sam did
B. hot, Sam did
C. hot; Sam, therefore, did
D. hot; Sam, trying to do
3. She hoped to find a new job. One that would let her earn money during the school year.
A. job. One that
B. job. The kind that
C. job, one that
D. job, so that it
4. Knocked sideways, the statue looked as if it would fall.
A. Knocked sideways, the statue looked
B. The statue was knocked sideways, looked
C. The statue looked knocked sideways
D. The statue, looking knocked sideways
5. To walk, biking, and driving are Pat’s favorite ways of getting around.
A. To walk, biking, and driving
B. Walking, biking, and driving
C. To walk, biking, and to drive
D. To walk, to bike, and also driving
6. When you cross the street in the middle of the block, this is an example of jaywalking.
A. When you cross the street in the middle of the block, this
B. You cross the street in the middle of the block, this
C. Crossing the street in the middle of the block
D. The fact that you cross the street in the middle of the block
7. Walking by the corner the other day, a child, I noticed, was watching for the light to change.
A. a child, I noticed, was
B. I noticed a child watching
C. a child was watching, I noticed
D. there was, I noticed, a child watching
Rewrite the sentence in your head, following the directions given below. Your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the sentence given you.
1. Being a female jockey, she was often interviewed.
Rewrite, beginning with She was often interviewed….
The next words will be
A. on account of she was
B. by her being
C. because she was
D. being as she was
2. In his songs, Gordon Lightfoot makes melody and lyrics intricately intertwine.
Rewrite, beginning with Melody and lyrics….
Your new sentence will include
A. Gordon Lightfoot has
B. make Gordon Lightfoot’s
C. in Gordon Lightfoot’s
D. does Gordon Lightfoot
3. It is easy to carry solid objects without spilling them, but the same cannot be said of liquids.
Rewrite, beginning with Unlike liquids….
The next words will be
A. it is easy to
B. we can easily
C. solid objects can easily be
D. solid objects are easy to be
4. Excited children ran toward the loud music, and they told others about the ice cream truck outside.
Rewrite, beginning with The excited children, who had run toward the loud…
The next words will be
A. music, they told
B. music told
C. music, telling
D. music and had told
5. If he had enough strength, Todd would move the boulder.
Rewrite, beginning with Todd cannot move the boulder….
The next words will be
A. when lacking
B. because he
C. although there
D. without enough
6. The band began to play, and then the real party started
Rewrite, beginning with The real party started….
The next words will be
A. after the band began
B. and the band began
C. although the band began
D. the band beginning
There are three tests of mathematics that are delivered in the following order: Arithmetic Skills, Elementary Algebra and College-Level Mathematics. At the end of each section of the test, the computer calculates your score. Your performance on each section of the test determines whether testing ends or continues with the next test in the sequence.
This test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There will be 17 questions on this test.
Solve the following problems and choose your answer from the alternatives given.
1. All of the following are ways to write 20 percent of N, EXCEPT
3. 7.86 X 4.6
4. Which of the following is the least?
5. The average weight for a group of 20 women is 130 pounds. If the average weight for 3/4 of these women was 140 pounds, what was the average weight, in pounds, for the rest of the women?
6. A soccer team played 160 games and won 65% of them. How many did they win?
7. Which of the following is closest to the square root of 10.5
8. The number of employees of Company K who were involved in accidents.
|Plant X||Plant Y|
|Power Machine Operators||9||12|
The table above shows the results of an industrial health survey of 10,000 people employed at Company K for more than 5 years. If 2,500 employees were surveyed in each of the four categories, which group of employees had the highest accident rate?
A. Mechanics in Plant X
B. Mechanics in Plant Y
C. Power Machine Operators in Plant X
D. Power Machine Operators in Plant Y
9. Three people who work full time are to work together on a project, but their total time on the project is to be equivalent to that of only one person working full time. If one of the people is budgeted for 1/2 of his time to the project and a second person for 1/3 of her time, what part of the third worker‚Äôs time should be budgeted to this project?
This test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts. There will be 12 questions on this test.
1. 2x + 3x + y =
B. 5x + y
C. 5(x + y)
D. 6x + y
2. If a number is divided by 4, and then 3 is subtracted, the result is 0.
3. 16x – 8 =
B. 8(2x – x)
C. 8(2x – 1)
D. 8(2x – 8)
4. If X2 – X – 6 = 0 then X is:
A. -2 or
B. -1 or 6
C. 1 or -6
D. 2 or -3
5. Which of the following is not a factor of 2X2 – 8X + 8
B. 2X – 4
C. X – 2
D. 2X + 4
This test measures your ability to solve problems that involve college level mathematics concepts. There will be 25 questions on this test.
1. If f(x) = x4 – x + 2, then f(-x) =
A. x4 – x
B. x4 + x
C. x4 – x + 2
D. x4 + x + 2
E. x4 + x – 2
2. The equation x2 + 2ix – 4 = 0 has as its roots
A. √5 – 1, -√5 – 1
B. √5 – 1, √5 + 1
C. √3 – i, -√5 + i
D. √3 – i, √3 + i
E. √3 – i, -√3 – i
3. If the 1st and 3rd terms of a geometric sequence are 3 and 27, respectively, then the 2nd term could be:
4. Mary has 12 more apples than peaches. If she divides each fruit in half, she will have enough to give each of her 32 classmates a piece of fruit. How many peaches does Mary have?
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.