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Complete Placement Testing - Deadline: Complete when notification received
Contact: Placement Testing Coordinator ● 410-704-2291

Placement testing is mandatory for some incoming students. Based on your academic records, you may be required to complete one or more of the CollegeBoard’s ACCUPLACERŽ tests which will assess your basic skills in reading or mathematics. If testing is required, the message “needs placement testing” will appear on your online student account to-do list and you will receive a letter with additional information.

The Placement Testing Notification Letter

Notification of placement testing will be sent only to students who are required to test based on academic information available on the date the letter is mailed. You are responsible for submitting documentation for any updated academic scores or transfer credits that can qualify you for exemption from placement testing. The letter will include instructions about on-campus testing dates or testing at a pre-approved, off-campus location and will inform you which test must be taken.

The ACCUPLACERŽ test batteries:

  • assess the basic skills of reading or mathematics
  • will determine if refresher course(s) are needed
  • are mandatory for all incoming students who do not qualify for any exemption

Exemptions from Placement Testing

Exemptions are based on academic records that have been submitted to Towson University, including:

  • SAT scores (500 or above exempts for each skill)
  • ACT scores (21 or above exempts for each skill)
  • transfer of a college-level mathematics course
  • university acceptance of 30 or more transfer credits
  • college credits earned through AP or IB test scores

Placement test results:

  • will appear on the computer screen at the end of the test
  • will be included in an ACCUPLACERŽ score report given to the student by the test administrator

Placement requirements must be completed within the first two terms of enrollment at TU. More information, including exemption details, is available from the Academic Achievement Center.



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