Reading Placement Testing

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

Contact Us

Tutoring & Learning Center - Kimberly Graham, Reading Placement Testing Coordinator

8000 York Rd. 
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Cook Library, Room 524 
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. (office hours are extended until 7:00 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays during the academic year)