The College Board developed ACCUPLACERŽ Computerized Placement
Tests (CPTs) to
provide information about your level of skill in reading,
writing, and mathematics. Towson University will use the scores
you receive and other information that you provide to help
determine the mathematics and/or reading courses most
appropriate for you at this time.
The tests are
given to entering freshmen and transfer students with fewer than
30 units and any applicants referred by the Admissions Office. Exemption from testing is based on SAT scores, the possession of
30 or more transfer units, or the transfer of college-level
freshman composition or mathematics courses.
After you have completed the tests, you will see a report of your
scores on the screen. For the reading and mathematics
multiple-choice test batteries, the total right
score shows how many of the questions you could expect to
answer correctly if you took a test made up of 120 questions.
Your scores can only be obtained through Towson University.
It is important
that you answer each question to the best of your ability.
Although you neither pass nor fail these tests, scores are used
in part to determine course placement. Students placed in
developmental courses must successfully complete those courses
within the first four semesters of enrollment.
Special Arrangements for Students with Disabilities
If you have a documented disability that would prevent you from
taking the test on our campus under standard conditions, you may request
accommodations through Disability Support Services. Accommodated
testing is offered by appointment after appropriate
documentation has been submitted and reviewed. No charge is
made for these arrangements. Extended
testing time is already provided for the test.A
calculator is also provided during math testing; it appears
when calculator use
For details, please contact Disability Support Services at
What to Bring With You on the Test Day
scheduling your test, which includes your student ID number
Test Regulations and Confidentiality
Before taking the tests you
will be asked to confirm that you have read the testing
regulations and that you agree to comply with them.
the Testing Rules and Conditions that follow the sample
questions. Your test
scores and the information you provide when taking the tests
will only be provided to The College Board, to Towson
University, and to the state as a part of Towson University’s
score profile to meet state reporting requirements. The College
Board may also use it for research and training purposes. Your
test information will not be disclosed for any other purpose
without your permission. If you have any questions about
confidentiality, please see your test administrator.
multiple-choice test is adaptive, the computer will
automatically determines which questions are presented to you
based on your responses to prior questions. This technique
selects just the right questions to ask without being too easy
or too difficult. Because the test works this way, you must
answer every question when it is first given. Each test is
un-timed so that you can give each question as much thought as
you wish. However, once you have selected and confirmed your
answer, you cannot return to that question. If you do not know
the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the
Answering the Questions
Because you take the ACCUPLACERŽ tests on a computer, you do not
have to answer as many questions as on traditional
paper-and-pencil exams. The number of questions on the tests
range from 12-25. The questions appear one at a time on the
computer screen. Since most questions are multiple choice, all
you have to do is use the ENTER key or mouse to select an
answer. When you have completed the question and confirmed your
answer, a new screen will appear with your next question.
Testing Rules and Conditions
understand that I must comply with these testing rules and
conditions and if I fail to do so, my test results may be
cancelled, and legal action or other remedies may be pursued.
understand that ACCUPLACERŽ is administered to obtain information
to assist in placing me in the appropriate course, determining
the need for developmental coursework or meeting college or
other governing body mandates. I further understand that
ACCUPLACERŽ may only be taken for these reasons and may not be
taken for any other reason.
understand that I must have proper identification to be
permitted to take ACCUPLACERŽ . Proper identification includes two
pieces of positive identification one of which is this brochure
and the other of which includes a picture.
understand that my responses may be used for purposes of
training and instruction. Further, I understand that if my
response is used for these purposes individual identifying
information will be removed.
understand that the test administrators are responsible for
maintaining a secure test administration and that I authorize
the administrators to act as my agents in maintaining test
security and will cooperate with them. I further agree to follow
all reasonable oral or written instructions presented at the
test administration. I understand that if I fail to comply, I
may be dismissed from the test and/or my score may be cancelled.
agree not to communicate with other examinees or other
individuals other than the test administrators during the test.
I further agree not to disrupt or in any way behave in any way
that would adversely affect my performance or the performance of
other examinees. I understand that if I fail to comply, I may be
dismissed from the test and/or my score may be cancelled.
understand that all test questions and other test materials are
property of The College Board and/or its contractors and have
been developed at great cost. I further understand that the
materials must be kept confidential and secure from disclosure.
These materials are not available to me outside of the test
administration, either before or after the test administration.
I understand that I cannot and will not take any assessment
materials including notes from the test administration room. Any
other duplication of test materials, in whole or in part is
strictly prohibited. I promise and agree not to disclose any of
the contents of the assessment and will not duplicate or
reproduce information contained in those booklets in whole or in
part. I understand that if I should fail to comply with this
requirement, I may be liable for the costs associated with a
failure to comply and may be subjected to other legal remedies
including injunctive relief for any such action on my part.
understand that my scores will be made available to institutions
of higher education, and appropriate state agencies. If I wish
to cancel my scores I must do so in writing before leaving the
test center. If The College Board has any doubt about the
legitimacy or validity of my score, they may cancel my test
score if in their sole opinion there is adequate reason to
question the validity of my score.
understand and agree that liability for the test administration
activities, including but not limited to the accuracy of the
assessment materials, assessment scores, administration
conditions including computer equipment, will be limited to a
retake of the assessment or correction of the scores at no
charge. I waive all rights to all further claims arising out of
any acts or omissions of The College Board or its contractors.
understand that the assessment itself and the assessment program
are subject to change at the sole discretion of the College
Board and its contractors.
If I object to
any of these rules or conditions, I understand that I will
advise the test administrators before the test administration
and the objection will be considered prior to allowing me to
take the assessment. If my objection is not honored, I will not
be permitted to take the assessment. I understand that should
any of these rules and conditions or other aspect of the
assessment process be declared by any court of competent
jurisdiction to be invalid or illegal, the remaining rules,
conditions and assessment components will not be affected and
will remain in effect.
If you have
any questions about a test item, you may write to:
The College Board
ACCUPLACERŽ Test Development
45 Columbus Avenue
York, NY 10023
receive a written response to any question you submit.