Placement Testing

The UMF Learning Assistance Center coordinates the placement of first-year students into math and writing courses. Placement in the appropriate math class is determined by a review of student transcripts, along with any submitted SAT scores. Placement in the appropriate writing class is determined by SAT scores and/or a writing sample from the Writeplacer exam.

Students who need to take the Writing placement exam should arrange to do so prior to course registration (beginning in May for fall admits and in November/December for spring admits). After that point, students may be placed in a developmental writing course until they test. Placement is carefully considered to ensure that students have the tools they need to succeed at UMF. Students who are required to take the Writeplacer are notified by mail.

NOTE: Incoming international students who have not/will not visit UMF will be scheduled to test during the International Orientation program, prior to the beginning of the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions…..

Will the test determine whether I get to be a student at the University of Maine at Farmington?

No. You have already been accepted as a member of our academic community. Placement in the appropriate math class is determined by a review of your transcript, rather than a specific test. Placement in writing is determined by a writing sample from the Writeplacer exam.

Do I need to test if I didn’t submit my SAT scores?

Yes. However, you may submit scores that meet our cutoff requirements, 530 math and 560 writing (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing), to the Office of Admission to be exempt from testing. Send your SAT scores to the Office of Admission, 246 Main St., Farmington, ME  04938. The scores must be in the form of an official score report issued by College Board or an official report on high school letterhead submitted by your high school guidance counselor. Call the Office of Admission at (207)778-7050 if you have questions.

Do I need to test if I’m enrolled in Advanced Placement courses?

It depends. If you score 3 or higher on an AP Math or English exam, you do not need placement testing in that area. If you do not score 3 or higher, or choose not to take the AP test, you will need to test. Submit your AP test scores, either in the form of an official score report issued by the College Board or as part of an official high school transcript, to the Office of Admission, 246 Main St., Farmington, ME  04938.

Do I need to test if I’ve passed a credit course on another campus?

No. If you transfer credit to UMF for college-level English or math, you do not have to take a placement test, but you must submit your official transcript to the Office of Admission, 246 Main St., Farmington, ME  04938.

Do I need to test if I’m enrolled in a credit course on another campus?

No, but please let us know if you are dually-enrolled by calling Becky Young at 207-778-7295.  Once completed, please send your official transcript with a C- or better to the Office of Admission.

Do I need to test if I’ve passed or am enrolled in a developmental course at another campus?

Yes. The University of Maine at Farmington does not accept non-credit courses, but your work in a developmental course may help you on the Writeplacer or when your math transcript is reviewed.

Do I need to test if I earned good grades in high school?

Yes. The need to test is determined by your SAT scores. If you choose not to submit SAT scores or your scores do not meet our cut-offs (530 in MSS, 560 in EBRW), you will need to take the Writeplacer for writing placement and your transcript will be reviewed for math placement.

When must I test?

You must test before you register for courses, to avoid being placed in a developmental writing course or non-credit math course.

Where may I test?

You may take a test by appointment most weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the UMF Testing Center, 3rd floor, Franklin Hall. We may also be able to assist you in finding other locations to test that may be closer to your home. Give us a call (207)778-7666.

What is the test like?

WritePlacer® asks you to write an essay on an assigned topic. You are allowed to use paper and pencil for prewriting, but you must type your essay on the computer in order for it to be scored.

What will I need for the tests?

You will be provided with a computer and paper, pencil or pen. If you are taking your tests at a location other than UMF, there may be a charge.

Will I earn credit for my developmental courses?

While two of our developmental math courses do not earn college credit, they do count as four-credit courses toward full-time status, financial aid, and varsity athletics eligibility. LIA 102 Intensive English, our developmental writing course, is a four-credit course that counts as an elective toward graduation because faculty members have determined that the course represents college-level work.

How do I prepare for the Writeplacer?

For sample WritePlacer essays, go to http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/accuplacer-writeplacer-sample-essays.pdf.

How do I register?

Call the UMF Testing Center at (207) 778-7666 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to schedule an individual appointment for placement testing, possibly as part of a campus visit you’re already planning. You may also contact us to find a local test center in your area.