Placement Testing

Once you register for Orientation, using the online Orientation Reservation system, you will receive an email that includes instructions for how to complete the UMBC placement tests. To ensure that you will be able to successfully register for classes, you must complete these tests by the Saturday BEFORE your advising and registration appointment. For additional information, please refer to the Placement Testing Website or email the Academic Success Center at

Students can be exempted from Placement Testing ONLY IF they have credit that transfers EXACTLY as the Math course needed for your intended major or as a prerequisite to a Math course needed for your major. If no specific Math course is required for your major, then you may be exempt based on college credit which fulfills the university Math general education requirement (GEP) earned through AP test scores, IB scores, CLEP scores, or transfer credits from an accredited college or university. To ensure a smooth registration process, all transfer credit and test scores MUST be on file before you attend Orientation. If you are unsure, it is better to take the Math Placement Test before your Orientation Advising and Registration Appointment.

Students with documented disabilities who need accommodations for placement testing must register with the Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) at least three weeks BEFORE their scheduled Orientation date. Please visit the SDS website for more information at Please note that the SDS registration process can take up to two weeks.