Core Curriculum

College Readiness

College Readiness

The University has defined measures of college readiness in writing and math. All students must demonstrate college readiness in these subjects. Some courses at other institutions may be used to meet the college readiness requirements in math or writing; please consult the Transfer Affairs office for specifics. These requirements can also be met through CLEP scores; consult the office of Prior Learning Assessment for an evaluation.

In math, students can demonstrate college readiness by any ONE of the following measures:

  • An SAT Quantitative score of 550 or above.
  • An ACT Math score of 22 or above.
  • A passing score on the mathematics placement examination. See: http://usm.maine.edu/assessment/interpretation
  • A grade of C- or better in MAT 101 (4 credits)

Students whose Accuplacer scores place them in MAT 9 may retake the Accuplacer test after completion of MAT 9 to determine whether they should complete MAT 101 or whether they may move onto a more advanced Math course.  See http://usm.maine.edu/assessment/interpretation

Students whose first language is not English can demonstrate college readiness by any ONE of the following measures:

  • An SAT Writing score of 500 or above
  • A TOEFL score of 79 or above.

Non-native speakers of English whose writing falls below these measures must complete ELS 104 Reading, Writing and Vocabulary, with a grade of C or better (and any prerequisite courses based on the ESOL Program’s placement test).  To complete their Core writing requirement, these students must then move on to ESL 100 College Writing.