Currently, the Reading Placement Test is administered by the Tutoring and Learning
Center for students referred by our TU Admissions Office or current students who have
not yet completed this requirement.
Placement Testing Update
Towson University has waived the Reading Placement Test requirement for all new Fall
2020 and Spring 2021 students.
Who must take the reading placement test?
Currently, students referred by the TU Admissions Office and current students who
have yet to complete this requirement must take the test. The reading placement test
measures students’ ability to read and comprehend written material, allowing them
to be better prepared for appropriate college level classes.
The reading placement test is part of a suite of testing products commonly referred
to as ACCUPLACER® tests. These tests were developed by the College Board to help colleges
and universities accurately assess student skill levels.
What score do you need?
A reading placement test score below 252 (i.e. 251 and below) in NEXT Generation (ACCUPLACER)
will require a student to enroll in and complete REED 102. Unless exempt, all transfer
students with fewer than 30 credits are required to take the reading placement test.
It is highly suggested that students complete testing during their first year of course
work. If you must take the REED 102 (Academic Literacy course), you must enroll in
and complete this course within the first year of enrollment at TU.
What is REED 102?
REED 102 (Academic Literacy) is a college-level proficiency course (not a writing intensive
course like English 102) designed to help students become more efficient and effective
in reading intensive courses. All TU students must complete English 102 regardless of placement in or out of REED 102.
How do I schedule my reading placement test?
After receiving your email notification to take the reading placement test, you can
choose to complete testing on campus or remotely. Either way you must schedule your
testing session as soon as possible. See Scheduling a Testing Session for more details.
What is remote testing?
Students may complete placement testing at their home or near their home at any college
willing to administer the Towson University ACCUPLACER® reading placement test (NEXT
GEN). See Remote Testing for more details.
Are there any exemptions?
Yes. See Exemptions from Testing.