The Placement Testing program is administered by Towson University's Academic Achievement Center. Beginning in March 2013, all admitted freshmen with SAT scores less than 500 in Reading and/or Math and who also have ACT scores less than 21 in Reading and/or Math are required to take a diagnostic placement test in these areas. Transfer students with fewer than 30 credits are also required to demonstrate competence in the basic skills of reading and mathematics by taking a diagnostic placement test, unless they are exempt from placement testing. Students who do not attain the required minimum placement test scores must enroll in refresher courses to enhance these basic skills.
Note to Students Required to take the Placement Test: A hold will be placed on your academic record if you fail to take the placement test prior to your first semester or if you do not complete any of the required courses indicated by your placement test scores by the end of your second semester.
Students will receive a notification letter
based on the SAT, ACT and/or transfer information available to
Towson University at that time. The basic skills area(s) in
which a student needs to be tested will be indicated in the
letter. Students who choose to complete placement testing
on campus must schedule a testing session as soon as possible.
The earlier you comply with the testing policy, the more likely
it is that you will get the best selection of classes.
Students living more than 2 hours away may
complete placement testing near their home at any college
willing to administer the Towson University ACCUPLACERŽ test, or
at private Learning Centers that offer proctored testing---such
as Sylvan or Huntington. Follow the specific instructions on the
remote testing page.
test scores indicate that their reading or mathematics
skills need improvement will be required to complete refresher
courses. Students who fail to complete the requirements by the
end of their second semester are referred to an administrator for
formal consultation, transcript review, and mandatory advising.
For some of these refresher courses'
units may not count toward
graduation, but will count toward status as a full-time student.
courses are offered during the fall and spring terms.
Developmental math refresher courses are also offered during the summer
sessions. Students are allowed to retake a placement test in a basic skill area
if their score is within the minimum acceptable range for retest.