Class of 2027 Placement Testing
Accuplacer Placement Test Schedule
Accuplacer Exam Information
Students admitted to an Massachusetts Maritime Academy degree program are required to take the Accuplacer examination administered through the Maritime testing system, regardless of whether they have taken the examination elsewhere. This online assessment and placement tool is used by the Academy to place incoming students in courses appropriate for their level of academic preparedness in mathematics and writing. At Massachusetts Maritime Academy, students complete three tests: Advanced Algebra and Functions, Reading Comprehension, and WritePlacer. Students typically take between 1 ½ and 3 hours to complete the tests.
Incoming fall students must register for an Accuplacer exam session and uniform fitting. Those living over 100 miles from the Academy may be eligible to take the Accuplacer examination offsite at an Accuplacer approved alternative location. Inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Students with learning differences who require accommodations must contact email@example.com to verify eligibility well in advance of taking the exam.
Students must be deposited and have a MyMaritime email and login to be eligible to register for and sit for the Accuplacer exam.
Testing Dates and Times
Fall 2024: To Be Determined
Incoming fall students who have paid their enrollment fee, should login in with their Maritime credentials and register for an exam session. Transfer students should contact the Maritime Transfer Counselor to determine whether they should register for this examination.
Students must show up on time. Any students who are tardy when the test begins will not be permitted to enter the testing area.
Students should report to the first floor of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Information Commons (unless otherwise noted).
Students must present an original, valid photo ID at the testing location in order to take the examination. All students should refer to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Visitors Policy prior to arriving on campus for their exam.
Note: The following are not permitted in the testing area:
- Calculators (unless for a prescribed accommodation)
- Unauthorized testing aids
- Any devices (such as smart phones/watches) capable of recording or viewing audio, photographic, or video content.
Uniform fittings are made in conjunction with your Accuplacer exam. Please make an appointment for your uniform fitting for a time at least 2 to 3 hours before or after your scheduled exam time.
If you have questions regarding your uniform fitting, please contact the Academy Store directly at 508.830.6488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For entering students who do not reside in the area and who do not visit Massachusetts Maritime Academy for a uniform fitting, it may be possible to take the Accuplacer examination offsite. This is only permitted when a student resides more than 100 miles from the Maritime campus. The following instructions must be followed to verify proctor eligibility and arrange for an off-site examination.
Locate an authorized testing center by using this Testing Center Locator. You need to select the United States and your state name only, and you will see all of the Accuplacer approved test centers in your state. Then send an email to email@example.com notifying us of the test site that you have selected. You will then receive an email at your MMA email address containing an Accuplacer Test Voucher for you to bring to the test site and coordinate taking the offsite Accuplacer exam.
Please note: For the student's own information, the student should request the scores from the proctor before leaving the testing site. As soon as the student completes the exam, scores are automatically recorded in the Maritime system.
Mathematics Course Placement
Scores of 263 or above are placed in Calculus I (SM-1212).
- Students who score between 263 and 289 are encouraged to take Precalculus with Trigonometry (SM-1111) if their high school mathematics GPA is lower than 3.5.
Scores between 243 and 262 are placed in Precalculus with Trigonometry (SM-1111).
- Students who score between 243 and 249 are also encouraged (but not required) to take Problem Solving in Mathematics (SM-1100) if their high school mathematics GPA falls below 3.0.
Scores of 242 and below are placed in Precalculus with Trigonometry (SM-1111) and Problem Solving in Mathematics (SM-1100).
- Students who are required to take Problem Solving in Mathematics may only take between 12-13 credits during that semester.
- Completing Preparing for College Mathematics over the summer satisfies the corequisite requirement.
Supplemental Mathematics Support Options
The Department of Science and Mathematics offers a prerequisite and corequisite mathematics course to help those students whose admissions criteria or placement scores indicate supplemental support will lead to improved performance in College level math. Placement testing scores help identify who should enroll in supplemental support. This requirement is intended to solidify a student’s comprehension and foundation in the mathematics skills necessary for success in STEM degrees.
If a student's placement scores indicate they will benefit from supplemental support, the Registrar’s office will reach out after April 15th with more information on how to select and register for support classes. Supplemental courses are offered in the summer and the fall. Students who complete the required supplemental math in the summer take a standard five course load for the fall term. Students who do not complete the course in the summer will be required to take a corequisite course as part of their fall classes and registration will be restricted to four (4) courses in the fall semester.
After completing placement testing, students should review the options and determine whether taking the support class in the summer or fall is most appropriate for them. In our experience students who take the course over the summer are best prepared for college level math.
Please note: none of the options carries credit towards graduation nor will grades count towards GPA.
Preparing over the summer:
Option 1: Preparing for College Mathematics – Summer 2023
Preparing for College Mathematics (SM-0100) This course is taught by MMA faculty, in person or online, and is designed to review important mathematics topics that emerge in the Precalculus with Trigonometry course. This course will run from mid June through the end of July. The course fee for this class is $400. (days of the week and times are yet to be determined)
Option 2: Intermediate Algebra - Summer 2023 - NOT OFFERED AT THE ACADEMY
To satisfy the requirement, students can complete Intermediate Algebra during the summer. In most cases this course covers the same topics as the prerequisite course Preparing for College Mathematics. Students will need to earn a C or better in Intermediate Algebra to fulfill the supplemental requirements. This course must be approved by the Chair of the Science and Mathematics department in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon successful completion of the Algebra course, students must request that an official transcript be sent to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Registrar’s Office before August 1st.
Support During the Semester- Corequisite option Fall 2023
Problem Solving with Mathematics (SM-1100)
Students can opt to take their supplemental math requirement as one of their fall courses. Incoming students who do not choose to complete their math requirement prior to matriculation will be enrolled in SM-1100 Problem Solving with Mathematics as a corequisite course to SM-1111 PreCalculus in their first semester.
Our student success model requires that first year students enrolled in SM-1100 are restricted to four (4) courses in the fall semester; This reduced credit load allows for ample study time and opportunities to seek extra help and tutoring. One course from the first semester sequence will be deferred (usually Chemistry I or other required science course) until a later semester