Office of Academic Assessment

USM College-Level Math Test: Questions and Answers


The College-Level Math Test is required for only those students who are interested in enrolling in a higher-level math course as their first math course at USM.  Students who have new SAT-M scores of 570 or above (or ACT scores of 22 or above) OR those students who have obtained a high score on the Math Placement Test have the option of taking the College-Level Math test to determine if you have sufficient mathematical skills to enroll in a Pre-Calculus course.  Your test score will be used to determine if you can enroll in a MAT 140 course, or whether you must begin your academic program by enrolling in MAT 105, 108, or 120 course.

FALL 2018 ADMITS only:   Incoming fall 2018 admitted students with new SAT-Math Scores between 460-560 (or ACT scores between 18-21) are able to enroll in MAT 101 without taking the Math Placement Test (i.e. Accuplacer Arithmetic and Algebra tests).  Students with these scores who want to enroll in a higher-level Math course (MAT 105, MAT 108, or MAT 120) must take the Accuplacer Tests and obtain the appropriate cut-off scores (see Placement Score Rubric). 

Prepare for College-Level Math Tests:

If you have not had an intermediate algebra course recently, you may not be familiar with all the items on the exam.  The best way to prepare for the College-Level Math Test is to familiarize yourself with the types of questions that will be on the actual test administration.  You may want to review the items on a sample practice test (see link below) for the College-Level Math Test, and review your weak skills areas by reviewing and intermediate algebra textbook.  You will not be allowed to use a calculator during the test.

Click here for a Sample Practice Test

Click here for the answer key

How is the College-Level Math Test scored:

Your scores are automatically calculated by the Accuplacer Testing Program.  Your score on the College-Level Math test will be for placement into MAT 140 or in one of the introductory college-level math courses (MAT 105, 108, 120).

Click here for Math Placement Scoring Rubric

When and Where can I take the College-Level Math Test:

The College-Level Math Test is offered during the summer months and through the academic year.  You are only required to take the test for placement into a MAT 140 course.  See test dates, times and location listed on the Portland testing schedule.

Click here for Portland Testing Schedule

What if I took the Accuplacer College-Level math Test at another institution?

If you took the Accuplacer Math tests recently at another school (within 3 years)..which included the College-Math Test, you may have your test scores faxed to the USM Academic Assessment testing office.  Your scores will be re-interpreted to fit USM's proficiency policy (see Math Placement Scoring Rubric).  Accuplacer College-Level Math scores that are over 3 years old will not be accepted, but you have the option of taking the College-Level Math Test on the Portland campus for placement into a USM Pre-Calculus course.

Accuplacer Math Test Scores (only official score reports can be mailed to):

USM Academic Assessment
Vicki Meserve, Testing Associate
240 Luther Bonney Hall
P.O. Box 9300  
Portland, ME 04104

Fax # 207.780.4143

Is there a fee to take the College-Level Math Test?

The cost of the test is included in the USM's enrollment fee.  There is no additional charge to take the tests.

Can I retake the College-Level Math Test?

If you are unhappy with your test score on the College-Level Math Test, you may retake the test.  Students are allowed to take the test twice during one academic year...we will use the highest score.

What do I bring to the test session?

You must bring a photo ID (i.e. drivers license) with you to the test session.  No examination aids are permitted in the testing room (i.e. calculators).  All cell phones, Ipads, or other electronic devices must br turned off during the test session.  You will be given scratch paper and a pencil to use during the exam.

What if I need special accomodations for the College-Level Math Test?

Students who may need adaptations or accomodations because of a disability are encouraged to contact the Office of Support for Students with Disabilities (OSSD), Room 242 Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland Campus.  You will need to contact this office before registering for an exam.  Please call (207) 780-4706 or TTY (207) 780-4395.

Where to park on the USM campus?

On the Portland Campus, you may use the Parking Garage during the week, which is located on Bedford Street.  Visitors may park in the garage for FREE.   

What if the weather is bad on a test date?

If USM cancels classes because of weather, exams are automatically cancelled.  Please call the USM Storm Hotline at 1-800-800-4876 or 207-780-4800 to verify if events will be held as scheduled.