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Preparing for the Math Placement Exams

About the Math Placement Exams

To review a full description of the Accuplacer and College Level Math tests, along with sample practice exams, commonly-asked questions, and the testing schedule, please visit this site hosted by the Office of Academic Assessment.

The Math Placement Exams: Why is it Important to Prepare?

Doing well on the tests 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 most likely reflect your true math abilities, leading to placement into the most appropriate math course.

Preparing with a USM Math Tutor

Our math tutors are very familiar with the concepts covered on the test. All have been trained and nationally certified as tutors. Take advantage of the opportunity! Individual appointments are available online and in person throughout the year. Math tutors can provide you with immediate feedback and guided practice.

To request an individual appointment, please call The Learning Commons at (207) 780-4228, or email naamah.jarnot@maine.edu.

Preparing through Self-Practice

USM math tutors have found several Khan Academy videos that provide short lessons on relevant math concepts. Below are some of the examples - just click on your topic!

Addition and Subtraction

Equivalent Fractions

Adding Fractions with Different Signs

Simplifying Rational Expressions

Adding and Subtracting Polynomials


Radical Equations

Quadratic Inequalities

Factoring Quadratic Equations

Order of Operations with Exponents

Factoring Quadratic Equations with Trinomials


Converting Decimals to Percents Example 1

Converting Decimals to Percents Example 2

Converting Percents to Decimals

More videos can be found at https://www.khanacademy.org/ by scrolling down to “Math”.