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Placement Testing

New Student Placement Testing

Placement tests are an important element in helping you and your advisor select courses for your first semester at UMBC.

Most freshmen are required to take placement tests prior to their orientation date to determine their writing ability, mathematics ability, and reading level. If you are entering UMBC with college credit, such as through AP exams or prior college courses, you may be exempt from placement testing. You can find more information on our Placement Testing Exemptions page.

Transfer students who have earned a "C" or better in a prerequisite course in mathematics or English composition are not required to take the respective UMBC placement tests. However, transfer students who have not completed a prerequisite course in these disciplines with a grade of "C" or better must complete the appropriate placement test(s). If you have not had your transfer evaluation yet, you may find ARTSYS helpful in determining if your English or Math courses will exempt you from testing. Transfer students are still strongly encouraged to take the mathematics test to ensure that their skills are current.

Students with a documented disability may request reasonable accommodations for placement testing (e.g., extended time, use of calculator, use of computer to write essay, etc.). In order to do this, a student must have a "Request for Services" form on file in Student Support Services with appropriate documentation attached. Students are encouraged to complete and submit the necessary paperwork as soon as possible.

In-coming freshmen and transfer students can sign up for placement testing through the Undergraduate Orientation Placement Testing Page.

Visiting students interested in taking a summer or winter math course should email Sam Riley at to enroll in placement testing.

Please visit our main placement testing page for specific information about the tests and to view a sample math test.

If you have questions, please email us at

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