Mathematics Placement at UNE

Mathematics Placement Levels

First year students are assigned one of five levels (L2 thru L6) on the basis of their SAT/ACT Mathematics scores, their high school mathematics courses and grades and/or their performance on the Accuplacer® Mathematics Placement Exam. 

  • A level 2 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 460 or lower (ACT 19 or lower).
  • A level 3 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT between 470 and 540 (ACT 20 or 21) OR a Math SAT below 470 and a high school math course higher than Algebra II with a grade of A or B.
  • A level 4 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 550 or higher (ACT 22 or higher) OR a Math SAT between 500 and 540 and either high school calculus with a grade of A or B or high school precalculus with a grade of A.
  • A level 5 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 550 or higher (ACT 22 or higher) and high school Calculus with a grade of A or B. ​
  • Alternatively, level 5 or 6 may be assigned based on AP credit or transfer credit. 

Placement testing

In that absence of a student's SAT/ACT Mathematics scores or their high school mathematics courses and grades or if the information is more than 5 years old, students will be required complete a placement test. UNE currently uses the Accuplacer®. Students may complete placement testing by appointment at the Student Academic Success Center or at another testing site that administers the Accuplacer®. Students are strongly encouraged to complete placement testing prior to student orientation

Challenging Placement

Students wishing to challenge their initial placement may submit additional evidence such as: Advanced Placement scores, updated or additional transcripts, or Accuplacer results from another college, or they may take the Accuplacer® placement test at UNE. Eligible students will be invited to complete UNE's Mathematics Bridge Opportunity. Contact Lori Wall at or (207) 602-2794, to arrange to take a placement test.

Mathematics Placement Levels and Courses

Every degree program has a mathematics requirement and mathematics prerequisites exist for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Therefore, placement levels impact students differently based on their major. Placement levels and corresponding courses are listed below.

Placement level

Math Courses

Science Courses


SAS021* Introductory Algebra



SAS022*Advanced Algebra

MAT110 Quantitative Reasoning

MAT120 Statistics


BIO100 Biology

BIO104 General Biology

BIO105 105/106

CHE130 Principles of Chemistry


MAT150 Statistics for Life Sciences MAT180 Precalculus

CHE110 General Chemistry

CHE125 Intro to Chem/Phys

PHY110 General Physics


MAT190 Calculus I


any UL3 or UL4


MAT195 Calculus II

any UL3, UL4, or UL5

If a student changes his or her major, he or she will be required to follow the pre-requisites of that program which may include a different math requirement.

*Courses with an SAS designation are offered through the Student Academic Success Center and serve as prerequisites to mathematics and science courses. SAS courses count towards full time enrollment for the purposes of athletic eligibility and financial aid but do not satisfy core curriculum or graduation requirements and do not earn credit toward graduation. Grades for SAS courses are computed into the student's grade point average. Students who are required to enroll in SAS mathematics courses will be invited to participate in UNE’s Mathematics Bridge Opportunity.


Students who require accommodations for placement testing should contact Cynthia Curry, Coordinator of Disability Services, at (207) 602-2815 or at least two weeks prior to their placement testing date.

Preparing for the Accuplacer®

If you will be taking a mathematics placement test, you are strongly encouraged to review. offers free sample questions as well as an inexpensive app that provides interactive practice exams for Elementary Algebra and College Level Mathematics, the test units UNE uses for placement.