Mathematics Placement Testing

Mathematics Placement Levels

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. 

Math SAT 550 or higher - ACT 23 or higher

A Level 4 Placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 550 or higher (ACT 23 or higher).

A Level 5 Placement is assigned to students with a Math SAT score of 550 or higher (ACT 23 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. Students with a Level 4 placement whose major requires Calculus may elect to take the Accuplacer® placement exam to attempt to raise their placement score.

Math SAT less than 550 or ACT less than 23

Students with a Math SAT score lower than 550 or ACT less than 23 are required to complete the Accuplacer® placement exam. Students are assigned a placement level based on their SAT/ACT Mathematics scores, their high school mathematics courses and grades, and their performance on the Accuplacer®. Placement testing will be offered on the first day of new student orientation or students may complete testing by appointment at the Student Academic Success Center. Results are reported at advising and registration when a student’s first semester schedule is planned.

Students placing at Level 2 or Level 3 will be invited to participate in UNE’s Summer Bridge Opportunity.

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.

L2  SAS 021* Introductory Algebra and Problem Solving

L3  SAS 022* Advanced Algebra and Problem Solving
      MAT 110 Quantitative Reasoning
      MAT 120 Statistics
      BIO 100 Biology  
      BIO 104 General Biology
      CHE 130  Principles of Chemistry

L4  MAT 130 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers
      MAT 150 Statistics for the Life Sciences
      MAT 180 Precalculus
      CHE 110 General Chemistry
      CHE 125 Intro Chem/Phys
      PHY 110 General Physics I
      Any course listed in L3

L5  MAT 190 Calculus I
      Any course listed in L3 or L4

L6  MAT 195 Calculus II
     Any course listed in L3, L4 or L5

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 Summer Bridge Opportunity.

Accommodations

Students who require accommodations for placement testing should contact Cynthia Curry, Coordinator of Disability Services, at (207) 602-2815 ccurry2@une.edu at least two weeks prior to their placement testing date.

Preparing for the Accuplacer®

If you identify with any of the following statements or if you are concerned about your performance on the math placement exam, you are strongly encouraged to consider a mathematics review prior to placement testing. Even a brief review is better than no review.

  • I have not taken a math course for one or more semesters.
  • My Math SAT is lower than 550.
  • I struggle with math or have math anxiety.
  • I earned lower than a B in Algebra I or II.

www.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.

www.ALEKS.com offers a more comprehensive review. ALEKS is a web-based, artificial intelligence learning system offering an affordable mathematics program for review. Using adaptive questioning, ALEKS quickly zeros in on your strengths and weaknesses in math, creating an individualized study plan.

You have two options regarding a review utilizing ALEKS: A Free Three Hour Review or a Comprehensive Formal Review.

Anyone can get 3 hours of ALEKS access for free. You should choose this option if you are fairly confident of your mathematics ability but want to see what the review will entail. Choose Free Three-Hour ALEKS Option.

If you are less confident in your mathematics ability or certain that you would like to complete a formal review prior to placement, then choose the Formal ALEKS Review. A 6-week access code costs just $38. It is not necessary to complete all the modules to have a positive impact on your placement exam performance.

ALEKS

ALEKS, a web-based, artificial intelligence learning system offers an excellent comprehensive (and affordable) mathematics program for review. Using adaptive questioning, ALEKS quickly zeros in on your strengths and weaknesses in math, creating an individualized study plan.

You have two options regarding a review utilizing ALEKS: A Free Three Hour Review or a Comprehensive Formal Review.

Anyone can get 3 hours of ALEKS access for free. You should choose this option if you are fairly confident of your mathematics ability but want to see what the review will entail. Choose Free Three-Hour ALEKS Option below.

If you are less confident in your mathematics ability or certain that you would like to complete a formal review prior to placement, then choose the Formal ALEKS Review below. This review will cost about $32 for a 6-week access code and will take anywhere between 20 and 45 hours to complete depending on your current math skill level. It is not necessary to complete all the modules to have a positive impact on your placement exam performance!

Free Three-Hour ALEKS Option

Follow the steps below to take advantage of 3 free hours of ALEKS access. Be sure to give yourself 1 to 1 1/2 hours to complete the 30-question assessment. It is very important that your assessment reflect your own individual work. Inaccurate results may jeopardize your success in math and science at the college level. Follow these instructions to enroll.

  1. Go to ALEKS.com
  2. Select Independent Use & Homeschool
  3. Select Free Trial
  4. Select Explore Student Module
  5. Check the User Agreement box and select Continue
  6. Independent User Type: College or K-12 student
  7. Choose your market: Higher Education-Math
  8. Select a course: Beginning and Intermediate Algebra Combined

Formal ALEKS Review

Participation in the ALEKS review can only be of benefit. Even if you start ALEKS but do not complete the entire set of modules, you will be better prepared for the placement exam. Follow these instructions to enroll.

  1. Go to ALEKS.com
  2. Select Sign Up Now
  3. Select Using ALEKS With A Class
  4.  Enter the course code:  XN46T UQHKL (Prep for Precalculus – Spring & Summer 2015
  5. Select Continue
  6. Select I have never used ALEKS before or I do not have an ALEKS login name 
  7. Select Continue
  8. ALEKS will give you the option to purchase a code directly. Purchase the 6-week code for $38 and you will be ready to get working.