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Massachusetts Maritime Academy - Score Interpretation Academic Resource Center - Score Interpretation

Interpreting the College Level Mathematics Score

The Accuplacer mathematics score is an accurate indicator of a student's potential to succeed in a given course. Upon receiving the mathematics score, students should refer to the following information.

Note: The Accuplacer is in no way associated with the MAPS program or with conditional admission requirements. Test results cannot exempt a student from any required jparticipation in these programs, nor do these programs exempt students from completing the Accuplacer examination.


Score of 95 or above:

A student scoring in this range will be automatically placed into *Calculus I during the first semester at MMA.

* Any student wishing to enroll in the Energy Systems Engineering major must enroll in Calculus I
   in the first semester

Score below 95:

All students scoring less than 95 will be placed in Algebra/Trigonometry. The following requirements apply to students enrolled in this course:

·         The course must be passed and is a prerequisite for participation in sea term.

·         The course must be passed by the end of a student’s second semester or the student will not be permitted to enroll for a third semester.

 Recommendations and Requirements

Scores between 40 and 94:

Many students in this score range still find Algebra/Trigonometry challenging and benefit from remedial work and tutoring. By no means does such a score guarantee success in the course. All students are urged to seek out those resources available at MMA to support students enrolled in Algebra/Trigonometry. These resources include supplemental computerized mathematics instruction (ALEKS) and no-cost tutoring at the Academy’s Academic Resource Center.

Scores below 40:

With a score of less than 40, a student is considered a student who requires mathematics remediation. Historical data show that students scoring less than 40 have a significantly reduced chance of performing to standards in the Algebra/ Trigonometry course. The student will be limited to 12 course credits for the first semester. Although the student will be placed in Algebra/Trigonometry, the student will find the course very challenging and will struggle to learn new concepts and skills without the benefit of having mastered those skills expected of entering college students. The student must take full advantage of the additional resources the Academy offers to help him or her succeed. Recommended and required resources are outlined below:

I.                    Optional Resources: Prior to attending MMA, the student is strongly advised to do one or more of the following in order to receive a normal fall credit load: 

a.       Successfully complete the ALEKS Algebra/Trigonometry preparation program through MMA by doing the following:

§  Enroll in the ALEKS "Prep for college Algebra With Trigonometry/MMA,"  course QHQQC-JTW6X  and

§  Successfully complete the online ALEKS course “Prep for College Algebra with Trigonometry” as instructed by visiting the following link: ALEKS Guidelines

b.      Complete an Intermediate Algebra course at MMA during the summer and earn no lower than a “C” grade. 

c.       Complete a course in Intermediate Algebra at another accredited institution of higher education, earning no lower than a “B” grade. The student must request that a transcript showing the course and grade be sent by the institution to the MMA Registrar’s Office.

II.                 Mandatory requirement: The student will also be required to undertake six (6) hours of mandatory tutoring per week offered at no charge by the Academy through its Academic Resource Center.


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