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Placement Testing

To ensure that you are placed in appropriate courses, you will be asked to take a set of online placement tests. The tests will be administered online via Blackboard. Students should sign-up for placement testing using the online Orientation and Placement Testing Reservation system.

The results of these tests will be used to place you in the appropriate level English composition and Math courses. All students will need to take courses in these areas during their studies at UMBC; the placement tests will help you make the best choices in planning your schedule for your first semester at UMBC and beyond. It is therefore important that students complete their required placement testing prior to their Orientation program. Details on the placement tests, as well as sample math tests are provided on the Placement Testing website. If you need special testing accommodations because of a learning or physical disability, please call Student Disability Services at 410-455-2459.


Some students may qualify for a placement testing exemption if they have transfer credit or have submitted official AP/IB scores (scores pending from current high school seniors do not provide an exemption). You can locate more information about placement testing exemptions, here.

For information about submitting official AP or IB scores, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Orientation at 410-455-2292 or