The UMF Learning Assistance Center coordinates placement of first-year students into math and writing courses. Students who need to take placement tests must take the tests before being permitted to register for courses. The tests are designed to ensure that students have the tools they need to succeed at UMF.
Why do I need placement tests?
The staff of the Learning Assistance Center is eager to help you succeed within our academic community. Our first task is to figure out which writing and math courses are right for you.
Who takes the placement tests?
- Students who do not submit SAT scores
- Students whose math SAT is below 490
- Students whose writing SAT score is below 500
What tests must I take?
- Accuplacer ® Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra if your SAT math score is below 490
- WritePlacer ® if your SAT writing score is below 500
Note that we do NOT accept Accuplacer® Sentence Skills for placement.
Where do I test?
- At UMF Testing Services on the third floor of Franklin Hall, corner of Main Street and South Street.
- At any Accuplacer® center, which may include your high school, local community college, or local university. Ask if your center will administer WritePlacer®.
If you test at a location other than on our campus, ask the test administrator to fax your test results and your WritePlacer ® essay to
When must I test?
- You must test before you register for courses.
- You may test at Accepted Student Days on the UMF campus.
- You should test as soon as possible if you have confirmed your acceptance at UMF.
- The UMF Testing Services site is generally open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When you confirm your acceptance, you should test as soon as possible so that you may register for courses. If you are not able to test right away, contact Becky Young, the Learning Assistance Center administrative assistant, at (207) 778-7295.
How do I register?
Call the Testing Center at (207)778-7666 at least 24 hours in advance 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 your local Accuplacer® test center. Check with your local testing center to see whether it offers the particular tests you need.
What are the tests like?
- The Accuplacer® Arithmetic test consists of 17 questions assessing number sense, arithmetic skill, number conversion, and basic algebra skills.
- The Accuplacer® Elementary Algebra test consists of 12 multiple-choice questions measuring your ability to perform algebraic operations.
- 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.
For practice questions, go to http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/student/testing/accuplacer/H11797_sample_questions.pdf .
For sample WritePlacer essays, go to http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/accuplacer-writeplacer-sample-essays.pdf.
What will I need for the tests?
You will be provided with a computer and paper, pencil or pen. You will not need a calculator. If you are taking Accuplacer® or WritePlacer® at a location other than UMF, there may be a charge.
What if I need an accommodation for a disability?
Please call Becky Young, the Learning Assistance Center administrative assistant, at (207)778-7295.
Do I have to pass the tests?
You cannot fail placement tests; you will be placed in one class or another as a result of your scores. You may be informed of your placement immediately, or you may receive a letter or e-mail about your placement depending on your individual results.
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 105 Intermediate Algebra and LIA 102 Intensive English, our developmental writing course, are four-credit courses that count as electives toward graduation because faculty members have determined that the courses represent college-level work.
Do I need to test if . . .
. . . I didn’t submit my SAT scores?
Yes. However, you may submit scores that meet our cutoff requirements, 490 math and 500 writing (or 500 verbal on the pre-2005 SAT I only), to the Office of Admission to be exempt from testing. Call the Office of Admission at (207)778-7050.
. . . I’ve had Advanced Placement courses?
Yes, if you do not take or pass the Advanced Placement test. No, if you scored a three or higher on an AP English or math exam. 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.
. . . I earned good grades in high school?
Yes. The need to test is determined by your SAT scores (the first tier of our placement screening process).
. . . I’ve passed a credit course on another campus?
No. If you transfer in credit for college-level English or math, you do not have to take placement tests. You must arrange to have your official transcript with a grade of C- or better submitted to the Office of Admission.
. . . I’m enrolled in a credit course on another campus?
Yes, if your official transcript with a grade of C- or better has not been submitted to the Office of Admission.
. . . 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 tests.