Schedule Placement Testing

As a new FTP student, you may be required to take the ACCUPLACER® to determine your placement in reading, math and/or English.

TU Students

Placement test results will be used to develop your FTP class schedule.

Developmental education courses may be required if your placement test scores do not meet the CCBC placement requirements for college-level courses. Developmental education courses are non-credit and do not count towards the 120 credits required for graduation at TU. Basic math, reading, and English are not offered through this program.

Placement Testing Process

Step 1: Determine if you are exempt from portions of placement testing. Depending on your standardized test scores or previous course work, you may be exempt from placement testing. If you meet any of the following criteria for exemption, scan and email appropriate documentation to Ann Gamble, or fax to 443-840-1206.

English Exemption

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing score of 500 or higher
  • Transfer of a 100-level college English composition course equivalent to ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transfer 30 or more college-level credits
  • ACT-English score of 21 or above
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 4 or above for English Composition

Reading Exemption

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • SAT Evidence-based Reading & Writing score of 500 or higher
  • ACT Reading score of 21 or above
  • Transfer of 6 or more general education college credits

Math Exemption

  • SAT Math score of 500 or higher
  • Transfer of college-level mathematics course
  • ACT Mathematics score of 21 or above
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exam score of 3 or above Calculus (AB or BC) or Statistics
  • Completion of Baltimore County pre-college math course

MARYLAND ACCUPLACER® TEST SCORES EXEMPTION

If you have taken the Accuplacer® at your local Maryland community college in the past two years, please have your community college forward your test results:

a. by email to Ann Gamble, Program Director, or

b. by fax to Ann Gamble, Program Director, 443-840-1206

Step 2: If required, please register for placement testing as soon as possible as test dates and time are limited and will conclude in mid-April. Placement testing is not timed. Calculators are not permitted.

Step 3: On the day of your placement test, bring a photo ID and your social security number; both are required to take the test. Print out a TU campus map to help you find your way around campus, and make sure to park in a visitor parking space in the Towsontown Garage or Glen Garage. Note: If you do not park in a visitor space and pay for parking, your vehicle will be ticketed.

Step 4: Prepare for placement testing by reviewing practice tests. The College Board offers free practice tests online. There are additional useful Websites to study and practice for the Accuplacer Placement test. You can also download the official Accuplacer App. Failure to prepare could result in a lower placement that requires non-credit developmental education courses. Placement in these courses could prevent you from participating in the program. 

Remote Testing Options

While it is possible to arrange for remote testing at an authorized remote testing facility, testing at TU is strongly encouraged. Students who test at TU will have the opportunity to confirm their admission to the program and review their test results in person, as the program director and advisor will be on campus to answer questions. (The program director and advisor’s availability to discuss placement test results with remote test takers will be limited to days they are not conducting placement testing on campus.) 

To setup a remote test, email the program director, Ann Gamble. Remote tests must be arranged prior to the mid-April deadline. Please include the following information in your email request:

  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number
  • Email address
  • Home phone number
  • Cell phone number
  • Test location

Prepare for Placement Testing by Reviewing Practice Tests

The College Board offers free practice tests online. Preparation in advance is essential to ensure you are accurately placed in accordance with your ability in math, reading, and English. There are additional useful Websites to study and practice for the Accuplacer Placement test. You can also download the official Accuplacer App. Failure to prepare could result in a lower placement that requires non-credit developmental education courses.