Proper placement in critical core courses helps ensure your success and allows you to advance more quickly toward your degree goals. University of Maryland University College offers complimentary placement testing to help determine the most appropriate course in math and select foreign languages for your academic success.
You are not required to take a writing placement before you register for a writing course at UMUC.
The recommended sequence for fulfilling the general education communications requirement in communications is WRTG 100A and WRTG 101.
If you have taken college-level writing coursework at another institution, you should talk with an advisor to determine whether you have already fulfilled the general education communications requirement for 100-level writing.
It is strongly recommended that you take placement tests in your first term at UMUC. Your test results, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, will be used by academic advisors to recommend a course that is most appropriate for your academic success.
Math Placement Test
To assess your skill level in math, UMUC uses the nationally recognized ACCUPLACER assessment exam.
If you choose to sign up for MATH 009 directly, you are not required to take the math placement test. An appropriate score on the placement test or successful completion of a course prerequisite is necessary to register for any of the following courses:
- MATH 012
- MATH 106
- MATH 107
- MATH 115
- STAT 200
It is strongly recommended that you take the math placement test at least four business days before the last day of term registration to ensure that results will be posted in time to register for courses.
Note: MATH 009 and MATH 012 are three-credit courses that apply toward your GPA, but not toward your degree requirements.
How to Take a Math Placement Test
There are several options for taking your ACCUPLACER exam:
On-Site Proctored Exam
Students who live in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia can sit for math 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. Contact the location directly by phone for a schedule and to make reservations. Students who live outside of the local area can use a UMUC-approved alternate site.
Online Proctored Exam
This option requires that you have a webcam, speakers, and a microphone on your computer. You must be in a quiet uninterrupted location free from any resources that may help you on the exam. Follow these steps to ensure your exam process goes smoothly:
- Register to use the online proctoring option by accessing the Placement Exam Registration page after logging into MyUMUC.
- You will receive an e-mail with instructions for taking the placement test. The e-mail will contain instructions for registering for the online proctored exam and an ACCUPLACER test voucher that is valid for 90 days from the date it is sent to you. If you do not take your exam within 90 days, you will be required to register again.
- Contact email@example.com if you have any issues with this process.
Approved Alternate Site Proctored Exam
If you plan to take a placement test at an alternate site, you must submit the site information at least five to seven working days in advance of the date you'd like to take the test(s). Follow these steps to ensure your site selection process goes smoothly:
- Log into MyUMUC to access the Placement Exam Registration page and 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. The site you choose must have Internet access. Please follow any additional rules and policies specific to your alternate testing site.
Note: If taking the test at an approved alternate site, you may incur a cost for the proctor and/or the site.
Preparing for the Math Placement Test
There is no passing or failing a math placement test, but you may wish to refresh knowledge of your math skills before taking the test. UMUC's practice math placement test questions will assist you in your preparation. Plan to discuss your placement test results with an advisor if you are unsure about which course is the best fit for you based on your score. You can also sign up for the ACCUPLACER study app, which provides sample test questions and feedback on your answers to help you improve your math skills.
Many students find that GED, CLEP, or SAT review books (available at most bookstores and public libraries) are helpful in reviewing for placement tests. Some helpful practice tests are also available online through CollegeBoard, Math.com, or Purplemath.
The math placement test covers elementary algebra concepts and focuses on performing algebraic operations and solving problems that involve algebraic concepts. There are 12 to 14 questions on the math placement test. Questions are presented in a multiple-choice format and appear one at a time on the computer screen. The test is adaptive, which means the computer will determine the sequence in which questions are asked based on your responses to previous questions.
Test Timing and Results
The average length of time to complete the math placement ranges between 30 to 60 minutes. Your placement test results will be posted in MyUMUC approximately 48 hours after you complete the test. Your advisor should be able to view your results by then as well.
Test Information for Students with Disabilities
If you have a disability or temporary disabling condition that will prevent you from taking a placement test under standard test conditions, please e-mail Accessibility Services for information on testing accommodations.