About the Reading Placement Test

The reading placement test is part of a suite of testing products commonly referred to as ACCUPLACER® tests. The College Board developed ACCUPLACER® Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs) to provide information about your level of skill in reading. Towson University will use the scores you receive and other information that you provide to help determine the reading course most appropriate for you at this time.

The test is 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.
What to Bring to Your Reading Placement Test

  • The notification email scheduling your test
  • Your student ID number
  • Valid photo identification

Before the Test: Read the Rules and Conditions

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. Please review these testing rules and conditions:

  1. I 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.

  2. I understand that ACCUPLACER® 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 ACCUPLACER® may only be taken for these reasons and may not be taken for any other reason.

  3. I understand that I must have proper identification to be permitted to take ACCUPLACER®. Proper identification includes two pieces of positive identification one of which is this brochure and the other of which includes a picture.

  4. I 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.

  5. I 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.

  6. I 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.

  7. I 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.

  8. I 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.

  9. I 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.

  10. I understand that the assessment itself and the assessment program are subject to change at the sole discretion of the College Board and its contractors.

  11. 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
ACCUPLACER® Test Development
45 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023

You will receive a written response to any question you submit.

Additional Questions . . .

Because you take the reading placement test 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 test ranges 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.
You must answer every question. Each test is untimed 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 choices. It is important that you answer each question to the best of your ability.

Read the Scoring Report

After you have completed the test, you will see a report of your scores on the screen. Depending upon your score you may be required to register for a refresher course. For more information see Test Score Information.


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.

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. For details, please contact Disability Support Services at 410-704-2638



Academic Achievement Center,
Cook Library, Room 524
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2291
Fax: 410-704-3216


• What to bring with you on the test day:

  1. The notification email with your student ID number.
  2. Valid photo identification.
  3. Testing session sign-up confirmation (if you test at TU campus).

• Details about taking the Mathematics Placement Exam can be found on the Mathematics Departmental website.


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