Before taking a math course at University of Maryland University College, you are required to take a free placement test. You may also take a placement test before enrolling in writing or French, German, and Spanish language courses.

If you plan on taking placement tests, you should do so immediately upon enrollment in the university. While test results are generally downloaded to students' records on a daily basis, it is strongly recommended that placement tests be taken at least four business days before the last day of term registration. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee your results will be posted in time for you to register for courses.

About Placement Testing at UMUC

To assess your skill levels in math and writing, UMUC uses the nationally recognized assessment exam called Accuplacer. For foreign languages, UMUC uses the WebCAPE Foreign Language Placement Exam. Proper placement in the critical core courses helps us ensure your success and allows you to advance more quickly to your degree goals. Our testing is done online in a proctored setting. There is no cost to you for taking the Accuplacer or the WebCAPE exam.

Use of calculators, other electronic devices, and study aids are not permitted while taking a placement test. Your final score is used to determine course placement. Keep in mind, you cannot fail a placement test.

Math Placement Test

You are required to take a math placement test before you can enroll into a math course at UMUC. You are exempt from the placement requirement for math only if you are transferring credit demonstrating successful completion of MATH 106 or MATH 107 or if you choose to begin with MATH 009. It is important to take this test early because you are expected to take MATH 106 or MATH 107 within your first 15 credit hours at UMUC.

The math placement test covers three areas. An arithmetic test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. The elementary test measures your ability to perform algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts. The college-level test measures your ability to solve problems usually found in college-level mathematics concepts.

Writing Placement Test

You are not required to take a writing placement before you register for a writing course at UMUC. However, you may take advantage of the placement test for writing if you would like, but only before registering for a writing course. Even if you choose to take EDCP 103 to review basic writing and grammar skills before enrolling in the introductory writing course, you will still be required to take WRTG 101.

The writing placement test covers two areas: sentence skills, measuring your understanding of sentence structure, and reading comprehension, or how well you understand what you have just read. There is no essay requirement.

How to Take a Math or Writing Placement Test

Students who live in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Northern Virginia can sit for math or writing placement tests at the Academic Center at Largo. There are other placement testing sites in Maryland—browse locations to see if a site near you offers testing. The Academic Center at Largo accepts both walk-ins and reservations. Placement tests at other local testing centers are by appointment only. Students who live outside of the local area can use a UMUC-approved alternate site.

Making Reservations for the Math or Writing Placement Test

  • Academic Center at Largo: Reservations can be made by accessing the Placement Exam Registration page after logging into MyUMUC.
  • Other Locations: Contact the location directly by phone for a schedule and to make reservations.

If you plan to take a math or writing placement test at an alternate site, you must submit the site information to Exams and Testing for approval, at least five to seven working days in advance of the date you'd like to take the test(s). Log into MyUMUC to access the Placement Exam Registration page, and then follow the prompts to register your alternate site information. Upon alternate site approval, you will be sent an e-mail confirmation with a "take-by" date. At the same time, your proctor will be e-mailed all necessary information, including your "take-by" date.

If your site is not approved, you will need to submit new information. The site you choose must have Internet access. Please follow any additional rules and policies specific to your alternate testing site as dictated by your proctor. Any site or proctor fees for approved alternate sites are your responsibility.

Foreign Language Placement Test

For French, German, and Spanish language courses, UMUC offers a self-administered multiple choice exam that is designed to help you land in the language course most suited to your current level of language proficiency. There is no charge for taking this exam, and it is not required to register for courses at UMUC.

Please e-mail to determine if you need to take a foreign language placement exam.

The exam is administered online and requires 20 minutes. It is not proctored, but you should not use a dictionary or any other resources to take the test. Because the exam adapts to each student's level, the exam will likely cover both familiar and unfamiliar material, and you should not feel discouraged if you have to guess the answers to some questions. Because this test is used only for placement purposes, you should take the test only once per language.

The online exam cannot be used to satisfy any degree program requirements, earn credits, or substitute for a Course Challenge. The score on this exam and placement will not appear anywhere on your transcript. The score will be retained in UMUC's database and will be accessible only to designated administrators, but will not affect your academic status within the university.

How to Take a Foreign Language Placement Test

If you have been advised to take the online placement test for French, German, or Spanish, please visit the WebCAPE Foreign Language Placement Exam page.

  • Select University of Maryland University College from the menu and click Go.
  • Enter "password" in the password field and click Login.
  • On the next page, choose the language from the dropdown menu, then click Begin.
  • Fill out all the fields on the Student Information page, including your first name, last name, e-mail address, and student ID number (if you do not yet have an ID number, leave this blank).

Once you have completed this page, click to continue and you will be taken to a practice question. When you answer the practice question, the exam will begin. Do not use your browser's "back" button during the exam or it will be interrupted and you will have to re-register to continue. Don't worry if there are questions you cannot answer. The exam is designed to have a variety of questions at a range of levels. Just do your best. Please do not use textbooks or dictionaries or get assistance from anyone to help with the test, as the score will then not accurately reflect the most appropriate level for you.

If you need to stop taking the test for some reason, you may re-enter your information at a later date and resume the exam exactly where you left off.

After taking a placement test, please e-mail for a review of your score. Once your score has been reviewed, you will be informed which course is best for you.

Foreign Language Placement Test Course Requirements

You must take a placement test before enrolling in French, German, or Spanish language courses at UMUC if you have some degree of written or oral proficiency reading or speaking the language or if you are a native speaker of the language. Native speakers are not allowed into most UMUC language courses, with the exception of SPAN 314, SPAN 418, and SPAN 419.

If you transferred from another institution where you took language courses, and your credits transferred to your UMUC transcript, you will be able to register for the next language course in your series and do not need to take the placement test.

The 111 level of language classes are designed for students with no prior experience in the language. If you have already taken a language course at UMUC, you can enroll for the next course in the series without taking the exam.

Foreign Language Placement Test Technology Requirements

Please make sure you have at least a 56kbps internet connection. WebCAPE is designed to work with most popular modern browsers for Windows, Macintosh, and Unix computers that support Javascript and stylesheets. These include: Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, and Safari. The web browser must have JavaScript turned on.

If you have any technical problems or questions, please e-mail

Test Information for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability or temporary disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard test conditions, please e-mail Accessibility Services for information on testing accommodations.

Tips for Taking Placement Tests

  • Relax and gather your thoughts. Even though the test is online, the system is easy to use and the test is easy to take.
  • Make sure you understand all directions. Don't be afraid to ask your proctors (when applicable) to repeat instructions you may not have understood. When prompted for your Student ID number, enter your EMPLID number. You can locate this number in MyUMUC by visiting the MyInfo section to view your ID card.
  • Remember—there is no failing grade. Just answer each question to the best of your ability.