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Complete Placement Testing - Deadline: Complete when notification received
Contact: Placement Testing Coordinator ● 410-704-2291

Placement testing is mandatory for some incoming students. Based on your academic records, you may be required to complete one or more of the CollegeBoard’s ACCUPLACERŽ tests which will assess your basic skills in reading and/or mathematics. If testing is required, the message “needs placement testing” will appear on your online student account to-do list and you will receive a 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 at that time. You are responsible for submitting documentation for any updated academic scores or transfer credits that can qualify you for exemption from placement testing. The notification will include instructions about testing dates or testing at a pre-approved, off-campus location and will inform you which test must be taken.

The ACCUPLACERŽ test batteries:

  • assess the basic skills of reading and/or mathematics
  • will determine if refresher course(s) are needed
  • are mandatory for all incoming students who do not qualify for any exemption

Exemptions from Placement Testing

Exemptions are based on academic records that have been submitted to Towson University, including:

  • SAT scores (500 or above exempts for each skill)
  • ACT scores (21 or above exempts for each skill)
  • university acceptance of 30 or more transfer credits
  • college credits earned through AP or IB test scores

Placement test results:

  • will appear on the computer screen at the end of the test
  • will be included in an ACCUPLACERŽ score report given to the student by the test administrator

Placement requirements must be completed within the first two terms of enrollment at TU. More information, including exemption details, is available from the Academic Achievement Center.



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