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The Math Placement Exam:  Why is it Important?

Why is it important to prepare?  Doing well on the Accuplacer could save you up to two semesters of math, which in turn saves time and money in your pursuit of a college degree!  Preparing also means the results of the Accuplacer most likely reflect your true math abilities, leading to placement into the most appropriate math course.


About the Accuplacer

*Updated USM Math Proficiency Policy*

If a student submits a new SAT-Math score below 570 or an old SAT-Math score below 550, the student will be required to take the Accuplacer Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra tests in order to be placed in the appropriate math course.  *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.


Preparing for the Accuplacer

The key to preparing for the Accuplacer is practice, practice, practice!  The first step is to review the math concepts that are included in the exam.  Examples of the Accuplacer questions can be reviewed here:

Accuplacer Examples

There are a number of ways to prepare for this exam. They include:

  • Meeting with a USM Math tutor
  • Reviewing video lessons of important concepts
  • Downloading the official Accuplacer App

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The College Level Math Test

If a student submits a new SAT-Math score of 570 or higher or an old SAT-Math score of 550 or higher, the student can enroll in an introductory college-level math course (MAT 105, 108, or 120).  If the student would like to enroll in MAT 140 or 152, they are required to take the College Level Math Test to determine the appropriate math course placement.

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