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Placement Exam Score Interpretation Rubric

Accuplacer Math Placement Test and Score Interpretation  

Upon entry to USM, if your SAT-Math score was below 550; you are required to take the Accuplacer Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra Tests to determine placement into your first math course at USM.  Your math course placement is primarily based upon your Elementary Algebra scores: please see the following scenarios: 

*If the Arithmetic score and Elem Algebra score are both 59 or below; your course placement = MAT 009 

*If the Arithmetic score is 60 or above, your Math course placement is based upon the following Elementary Algebra scores: 

-Elem Algebra score is 69 or below: your course placement = Mat 101B

-Elem Algebra score is 70 or higher; your course placement = MAT 105D, MAT 108, or MAT 120D 

*If your Elem Algebra score is 108 or higher; the College Math Test can be taken if you want to enroll in a higher level Math course.  

-College Math score of 59 or below, your course placement = MAT 105D, MAT 108 or MAT 120D

-College Math score of 60 or above, your course placement = MAT 140D 

College Math Test and Score Interpretation 

Any incoming student (regardless of the SAT-M score) who wishes to enroll in a MAT 140D course, must have passed the MAT 108 course OR may take the College Math test to determine if you have adequate college-level math skills.  The following scores will determine your eligibility to enroll in MAT 140D course.

-College Math score of 59 or below, your course placement = MAT 105D, MAT 108, or MAT 120D

-College Math score of 60 or above, your course placement = MAT 140D    

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Math Placement Test * Only for students with SAT-M Scores Below 550*

If the Arithmetic score is 59 or below, consider the following Elementary Algebra scores: If the Arithmetic score is 60 or above, consider the following Elementary Algebra scores:

Elementary Algebra score is 59 or below:

MAT 9

 

Elementary Algebra score is 60 to 75:

MAT 101B

Elementary Algebra score is 69 or below:

MAT 101B

Elementary Algebra score is 75 or higher:

MAT 105D, 108, or 120D

Elementary Algebra score is 70 or higher

MAT 105D, 108, or 120D

College –Level Math Test

Option 1:  If Elementary Algebra score is 108 or above:

Take College Math Test

  • Score of 59 or below place in:  MAT 105D, 108, or 120D
  • Score of 60 or above place in:  MAT 140
  • Score of 70 or above place in: MAT 152D
Option 2:  Those with SAT-M scores of 550 or above:
  • Score of 59 or below place in: MAT 105D, 108, or 120D
  • Score of 60 or above place in: MAT 140D
  • Score of 70 or above place in:  MAT 152D