Mathematics Placement at UNE

Mathematics Placement Levels

First year students are assigned one of five levels (UL2 thru UL6) 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 UL2 or UL3 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 570 or lower (ACT 21 or lower). A higher score may be assigned based on high school mathematics courses and grades. Students may also elect to participate in UNE's Advanced Mathematics Placement (AMP) Opportunity.
  • A UL4 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 580 or higher (ACT 22 or higher) OR a Math SAT between 540 and 580 and either high school Calculus with a grade of A or B or high school Precalculus with a grade of A.
  • A UL5 placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 580 or higher (ACT 22 or higher) and high school Calculus with a grade of A or B. ​
  • UL5 or UL6 may be assigned based on AP credit or transfer credit. 

Placement testing

In the absence of SAT/ACT Mathematics scores or high school mathematics courses and grades or if the information is more than 5 years old, students will be required to take the Accuplacer® math placement test. 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. Eligible students will be invited to complete UNE's Mathematics Bridge Opportunity. Contact Lori Wall at lwall@une.edu or (207) 602-2794 for more information.

Advanced Math Placement (AMP) Opportunity

Many students will benefit from a mathematics review before starting their first semester of college. UNE has adopted ALEKS for this purpose. The curriculum is online, individualized, and completely self-paced. The cost is less than $50 for a 6-week access code.

Please refer to Mathematics Placement level above in order to determine your math placement. If you place UL2 or UL3, please consider participating in AMP. If you complete 90% of the required modules in ALEKS, you can advance your placement to UL4.

Create an account at ALEKS.com (select SIGN UP NOW) and use the course code VMJMM-44G4MContact Lori Wall at lwall@une.edu or (207) 602-2794 with questions or concerns.

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.

University Placement level

Math Courses

Science Courses

UL2

SAS021* Introductory Algebra

 

UL3

SAS022*Advanced Algebra

MAT110 Quantitative Reasoning

MAT120 Statistics

MAT170 Applications of Functions

BIO104 General Biology

BIO105 105/106

CHE130 Principles of Chemistry

UL4

MAT150 Statistics for Life Sciences MAT180 Precalculus

CHE110 General Chemistry

CHE125 Intro to Chem/Phys

PHY110 General Physics

UL5

MAT190 Calculus I

 

any UL3 or UL4

UL6

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 prerequisites 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.

Accommodations

Students who require accommodations for placement testing should contact Jessica White, Student Access Center coordinator, at (207) 602-2815 or bcdisabilityservices@une.edu 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. Accuplacer.org 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.