Math Placement Exam

Like most universities, the University of Maine requires students to take a math placement exam to determine which math courses line up best with your math skills. If you have scored a 670 on the math portion of the SAT, or a 29 on the math portion of the ACT, then you can be enrolled in any math class up to MAT 126 (Calculus I). All other students must take the ALEKS PPL Assessment mathematics placement exam.

To take the ALEKS PPL Placement Exam, wait 24 hours after activating your UMS account and then:

  1. Step 1: Navigate to this link ( and login with your University Single Sign-On credentials. Select the Math Placement Exam for University of Maine (if not automatically redirected)
  2. Step 2: Check the box to accept the terms of use and click on “Continue”
  3. Step 3: Your account is now linked/paired to ALEKS. Click on “Continue”.
  4. Step 4: Follow the First Time Use Experience guide on the site. Complete the Survey (if required)
  5. Step 5: Complete the Tools Tutorial (if necessary).
  6. Step 6: Install the Respondus Browser ( Note that the Respondus Browser will not work on Chromebooks. For assistance installing the Respondus Browser, visit:
  7. You may Begin the ALEKS Placement Assessment.


76 or higher

MAT 126: Calculus I

61 or higher

MAT 116: Introduction to Calculus

MAT 122: Pre-Calculus

30 or higher

MAT 111: Algebra for College Mathematics

If you have scored below 30 on the ALEKS Placement Exam, your score indicates your math skills need review. Please work through the ALEKS learning modules and retake the assessment to improve your score.

Once you have finished the ALEKS Placement Assessment, your score will be automatically uploaded to your student record. Once the score is uploaded, you will be eligible to register for math courses as indicated in the placement guide. You can check to see that your placement results have been uploaded by logging in to MaineStreet and viewing your Placement Test Scores in the Student Menu.

If you are not satisfied with your placement, you can retake the assessment. You are required to use the Prep and Learning modules for a minimum of five hours in between each attempt to prepare.

See the math placement page at the Advising center for more information.

Modern Languages: French and Spanish Placement Exam

Knowledge of a second or third language enriches one’s life and makes for a more competitive resume on the job market. All students are encouraged to pursue the study of French, Spanish, or one of the other languages offered in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

To resume study of French and Spanish, students must take the placement exam.

Please contact with your MaineStreet ID number to request a placement exam.
Once you have completed this exam and received your placement, please email us at with your placement results and/or instructor permission, along with your MaineStreet ID number, and the course you wish to take.
1. Written instructor permission (a forwarded email is fine)
2. Your MaineStreet ID #
3. Your course selection

For more information, please contact the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

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