Office of Academic Assessment

USM - Math Placement Test

Why do I have to take a Math Placement Test?

To support student success, USM uses student scores on the Math Placement Test to determine enrollment in math and related courses. Many majors at USM have specific math requirements, so completing the Math Placement Test helps you to be placed in the most appropriate courses. All incoming students who plan to enroll in a math course will need to take the placement exam. Please note: any grade in a USM Math Course will override the Math Placement Exam.

 

How do I access the Math Placement Test?

You can access the test by going directly to Brightspace.
 

 

*New students must activate their UMS account at least one day before taking the Math Placement Test.*

Video: A brief message from Dean Qualls regarding the importance of the Math Placement Test.

 

What is the exam like?

The Math Placement Test is an untimed online exam in Brightspace.

The test has three (3) components or parts. Each part of the placement test assesses a different level of mathematics skills and knowledge, and achieving the required passing scores for each part is required for enrollment in specific mathematics courses.

All students must begin with Part 1 of the test. You are not required to take the other parts of the Math Placement Test; however, if you have intermediate or advanced algebra skill levels, you can proceed to Part 2, and then Part 3. You are allowed three (3) attempts on each part of the test.

Students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics (BA-Math Intensive Track), Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics have upper level math requirements in their major. Therefore, we recommend that you take all three parts of the test to determine the most appropriate math course.

After the exam, it may take up to two business days for the scores to get completely processed by the system. Once you receive your test score report, you can discuss with your advisor which math or related course is the best option for you.  

 

Sample Math Tests

To prepare for the test, you may want to review your mathematical skills. Also, if you take the test and are not satisfied with your placement test results, we suggest that you review the sample tests before retaking the test. Please click here.

 

Math Placement Scoring Rubric: To interpret your test scores, please use this Test Scoring Guide.

 

A brief overview of the placement requirements are noted below:

  • To enroll in MAT 100 - No placement exam is required. Students who take Part 1 and earn a score of less than 7 should enroll in MAT 100.
  • To enroll in MAT 101 - You must take Part 1 and earn a score of at least 7.
  • To enroll in MAT 105, 108, 120, 131, or PSY 201, LOS 120, or SOC 307 - You must take Part 1 and earn a score of at least 14.
  • To enroll in ACC 110 without MAT 101 - You must take Part 1 and earn a score of at least 14.
  • To enroll in MAT 140 - You must take Part 1 and earn a score of 14 or higher, and you must take Part 2 and earn a score of at least 10.
  • To enroll in MAT 152 - You must take Part 1 and earn a score of 14 or higher, and you must take Part 2 and earn a score of at least 10, and you must take Part 3 and earn a score of at least 10.

 

Additional questions?

If you have additional questions regarding the Math Placement Test, please contact the Office of Academic Assessment, Kristen Beahm, kbeahm@maine.edu.

If you have questions regarding which math (or related course) you should take, based upon the requirements of your academic major, please contact your academic advisor.