Testing- Deadline: Complete when
Contact: Placement Testing Coordinator ● 410-704-2291
Placement testing is mandatory for some students.
Based on your academic records, you may be required to complete the
CollegeBoard’s ACCUPLACERŽ Reading Comprehension test which will
assess your basic skills in reading, the Department of Mathematics
math placement exam, or both. If testing is required, the message
“Placement Testing” will appear on your
online student account To-Do
list indicating which test(s). You will also receive e-mail
notification with additional information.
Placement Testing Notification:
Notification of placement testing will be sent
only to students who are required to test based on academic
information available on the date the notification is e-mailed. You
are responsible for submitting documentation for any updated
academic scores or transfer credits that can qualify you for
exemption from placement testing. The e-mail will include which
test(s) must be taken. For reading, instructions about on-campus
testing dates or testing at a pre-approved, off-campus location will
be available and for mathematics instructions on how to go online to
complete the mathematics exam. Once you have tested or an exemption
has been finalized, the “Placement Testing” To-Do list indicator
online student account will no longer be displayed.
The ACCUPLACERŽ Reading Test:
Assess the basic skills of reading
Will determine if refresher course is needed
Is mandatory for all incoming students who do not
qualify for any exemption
Exemptions from Reading
or Mathematics Placement Testing
Exemptions are based on academic records that
have been submitted to Towson University, including:
SAT scores (500 or above exempts for reading)
ACT scores (21 or above exempts for reading)
University acceptance of 30 or more transfer credits
(exempts for reading)
Transfer of a college-level mathematics course
(exempts for mathematics)
College credits earned through AP or IB test scores
Placement test results:
Will appear on the computer screen at the end of the
Department of Mathematics Placement Exam.
Will be included in an ACCUPLACERŽ score report
given to the student by the test administrator for
Placement testing must be completed prior to your first semester.
Any required refresher courses must be completed within the first
two terms of enrollment at TU.
More information, including exemption details, is available from the
Academic Achievement Center for reading and the
Department of Mathematics for mathematics.