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Placement Exam Score Interpretation Rubric

Accuplacer Math Placement Test and Score Interpretation  

Upon entry to USM, if your new SAT-MATH score was below 570 or your old 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.  *For the fall 2018 semester, students with SAT-Math scores between 460-560 may opt to directly enroll in the MAT 101 (Math Readiness) course, without taking the Accuplacer test.  *When a student takes the Accuplacer Math Placement Test, the test scores will be interpreted as noted below.

 

*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 105, MAT 108, or MAT 120

*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 105, MAT 108 or MAT 120

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

-College Math score of 70 or above, your course placement = MAT 152

College Math Test and Score Interpretation 

Any incoming student (regardless of the SAT-M score) who wishes to enroll in a MAT 140 course, must have passed the MAT 108 course.  If an incoming student submits a new SAT-Math score of 570 or higher or an old SAT-Math score of 550 or higher, the student  may take the College Math test to determine if they have adequate college-level math skills.  The following scores will determine your eligibility to enroll in MAT 140 or MAT 152.

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

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

-College Math score of 70 of above, your course placement = MAT 152

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Math Placement Test * Only for students with new SAT-M Scores Below 570 or old 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 new SAT-M scores of 570 or above or old 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