To ensure that new students are placed in the appropriate mathematics course, students need to take up to two mathematics placement tests. The Towson University Mathematics Placement Tests were prepared by the Mathematics Association of America and are administered on-line by Maplesoft. It is important that you complete the required placement testing before June 1, in preparation for your Orientation Course Selection Day.
The results of these tests will be used to place students in the appropriate level mathematics courses. The placement tests will help students make the best choices in planning a schedule for the first semester at Towson and beyond. Students cannot use them to get credit or a waiver for any course. The Mathematics Placement Test results will not affect the status of a student’s admission to Towson University.
The first test (30 minutes) is mostly based on algebra content, with material usually covered in high school Algebra I and Algebra II classes and some higher material. If students score high on the first test, they can take a second test (also 30 minutes), which checks their readiness for pre-calculus and calculus I classes. The results of one or both of the tests will guide registration into mathematics courses ranging from developmental review courses up through Calculus I.
Students with mathematics course credit, through satisfactory AP or transfer coursework, are exempt from taking the mathematics placement exam. If transfer credit or AP scores have not been officially processed, students may continue to receive notification to test. However, transfer students who are exempted are still highly recommended to take the appropriate placement tests to verify their readiness for their next Towson University course.
Dishonesty while taking this exam, as well as failure to follow all instructions, may very well result in your being placed in a course in which you are very unlikely to succeed. Additionally, dishonesty is a violation of the Towson University Student Academic Integrity Policy, a copy of which can be found at: http://www.towson.edu/studentaffairs/policies/.
Information Regarding Procedures:
It is required that all students complete the practice test prior to taking the placement test to become familiar with the test format. The practice can be completed multiple times and provides an opportunity to make sure the equipment and connection are working correctly.
You have two chances to take the placement test. After taking a test once, you must wait at least until the next day at the earliest to retake it. However, it is advised that you wait sufficiently to do further study of the appropriate material.
Once you start a test you must finish it in the given time period.
You may use a 4-function calculator, graphing calculators are not permitted.
You may not have someone take the test for you and you may not take the test for someone else.
If you want to request a testing accommodation due to a disability, you will need to contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at 410-704-2638. Documentation supporting your request will be needed. Information about DSS and documentation guidelines is available on the DSS website at: http://www.towson.edu/dss/. Please allow 4 weeks for your request to be evaluated.
If you have an error on your test page, that is not Java related, try closing the test and immediately opening it back up to refresh.
Steps for Taking the Test:
Prepare by reviewing Algebra I and Algebra II topics.
Check the computer you are using to make sure that you have the supported browser configuration.
Click on the link below to go to the Mathematics Placement Test Website.
Log in using your Towson University ID number as your User Login and your Towson University e-mail address as your Password.
Complete the practice test.
Take the mathematics placement exam.
Print and review your results. Do not send your results to Towson University. The scores will be retrieved automatically.