Interpreting Accuplacer Scores

Mathematics Course Placement


Scores of 95 or above. Students scoring in this range will be placed in Calculus I during the first semester at MMA.

Scores between 40 and 94. All students scoring between 40 and 95 will be placed in Algebra and Trigonometry. Many students in this score range still find the Algebra and Trigonometry course 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 the course. These resources include supplemental mathematics instruction (the ALEKS program; see “Option 1” below) and no-cost tutoring available at the Academic Resource Center. The following apply to any student with a score in this range:

  • The student must pass the Algebra and Trigonometry course to participate in sea term.
  • The student must pass the Algebra and Trigonometry course by the end of a student’s second semester or the student will not be permitted to enroll for a third semester.

Scores below 40. With a score of less than 40, a student is considered in need of mathematics remediation. Historical data show that students scoring less than 40 have a significantly reduced chance of performing to standards in the Algebra and Trigonometry course. Although the student will be placed in Algebra and 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. The following apply to any student with a score in this range:

  • The student will not take Chemistry I in the fall semester; instead, the student will be enrolled in Western Civilization.
  • The student must pass the Algebra and Trigonometry course to participate in sea term.
  • The student must pass the Algebra and Trigonometry course by the end of a student’s second semester or the student will not be permitted to enroll for a third semester.
  • Unless the student completes one of the options below, the student will be limited to 12 course credits in the fall semester.
  • Unless the student completes one of the options below, the student will also be required to undertake six (6) hours of mandatory tutoring per week during the fall semester (at no charge to the student) at the Academic
    Resource Center

 Mathematics Review/Remediation Options Available 


Option 1: Enroll in and successfully complete (by August 8, 2017) the online ALEKS Program “Prep for College Algebra with Trigonometry/MMA” as indicated by the “Course Mastery Pie Chart” at the following link: https://www.maritime.edu/successfuly-completing-aleks-option

Option 2: Enroll in and complete the Intermediate Algebra course offered during the summer semester at MMA, earning no lower than a “C” grade.

Option 3: Enroll in and complete an Intermediate Algebra course during the summer at another accredited institution of higher education, earning no lower than a “B” grade. The student must request that the institution forward to the MMA Registrar an official transcript showing the course and grade. Note: The transcript must be received by the Registrar prior to the first day of fall orientation.

Composition/Writing Course Placement

The WritePlacer and Reading Comprehension scores are used by the Registrar to place incoming students in college writing courses appropriate to their level of preparation and skill. Faculty from the Department of Humanities make the placement recommendation to the Registrar after careful review of each student’s WritePlacer score and essay, Reading Comprehension score, verbal SAT scores, and high school GPA. Prior to making this decision, two faculty members from the Department of Humanities read and evaluate each WritePlacer essay using a rubric that can be viewed by visiting the department’s web page (https://www.maritime.edu/humanities) and following the Writing Assessment Program menu. Each incoming student will be placed in either English Composition (HU-1111) or Advanced Expository Writing (HU-6012). If a student’s skill level indicates need for additional support, that student will be placed in a “bridge section” of English Composition (HU-1111), which will offer the student more intensive writing instruction and academic support to help the student master the college-level writing skills for success in college and the workplace.