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Accuplacer Tests

 Placement Testing

If you are a freshman or lower-division student who needs an Accuplacer math test and/or Accuplacer reading and writing tests, you will be taking Accuplacer's computer-adaptive tests.

Generally speaking, if you're enrolling in WRIT 101, you'll take the Reading Comprehension and Written Essay (WritePlacer) tests.

Some exceptions apply. See your academic adviser for details.

  • What are placement tests?

    Placement tests are designed to help students succeed in college since not all students who complete high school have the same level of academic readiness. Placement tests are used by the University of Baltimore to ensure that you have enough experience with elementary algebra, reading and writing to be a successful UB student.

  • Why do I need to take placement tests?

    Placement tests measure your current level of experience with concepts in algebra, reading and writing. It is not uncommon for students to place into developmental courses which in one or two semesters lead to credit bearing courses. Remember skills erode very quickly if not used regularly—this is particularly true of algebra skills! At UB, we use placement tests to help determine what courses you need to ensure that you can be successful and achieve your academic goals. Placement tests only measure your current skill level; they do not measure your intelligence or your ability. To ensure that your graduation is not delayed, take some time to review basic writing and algebra concepts.

  • Can I study for a placement test?

    While cramming won't work, there are things you can do to ensure that your test scores accurately represent your skill levels.

    1. Become familiar with the structure of the placement test. To learn about the ACCUPLACER test itself, click here.
    2. Take a few practice tests. UB only tests reading comprehension, writing and elementary algebra, so just review those sample tests. For sample tests click here.
    3. Review basic concepts in algebra before taking the ACCUPLACER placement test Click here to review algebra concepts. Follow these steps to prepare for the elementary algebra test:

    a) Take the Algebra diagnostic—not the pre-algebra one
    b) After you complete the diagnostic, a list of concepts will appear with green checks (concepts you know) or red Xs (concepts you don't know) next to each one
    c) You can continue to practice the concepts you missed using the CUNY Compass Math Review site
    d) You may use the concept list to look for YouTube videos to help you understand the concepts you missed.

Testing Schedule

These Accuplacer test dates are for any student who is not a freshman. Freshmen should call their Admission Advisor to schedule their tests. All others can R.S.V.P. through UB's Web calendar for one of the upcoming dates. Bring a pencil, photo ID and 7-digit student ID number with you a few minutes before the test start time. Late arrivals may not be admitted.


Date Time

Aug. 5, 2014


Aug. 7, 2014

3-5 p.m.

Aug. 19, 2014

10a.m. -12 p.m.

Oct. 21, 2014

10 a.m.-noon

Nov. 6, 2014

5:30p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Jan. 15, 2015

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Jan. 20, 2015

2-4 p.m.

March 3, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

March 10, 2015

3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.

April 23, 2015

3-5 p.m.

May 12, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

What do your scores mean?

Your scores are an indication of your current skills, not your natural ability.

It's not unusual for students to place into developmental courses that lead in one or two terms to credit classes in those skills.

You will be advised to register for appropriate courses based on your placement scores.

The Elementary Algebra test score determines initial enrollment in MATH 115 (Introductory Statistics), MATH 111 (College Algebra), MATH100 B (Intermediate Algebra), or MATH100 A (Introductory Algebra).

The WritePlacer and Reading Comprehension test scores determine initial enrollment in WRIT 101 (College Composition), DVRW 95 (College Reading and Writing II), or DVRW 90 (College Reading and Writing I). 

  • Elementary Algebra Scores

    Elementary Algebra Score: Course:
    0-82 MATH100 A (Introductory Algebra)
    83-109 MATH 100 B (Intermediate Algebra)
    110-120 MATH 111 (College Algebra) or MATH 115 (Introductory Statistics)

    If your Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score is 50 or less...

    1) Attend the prerequisite review for DVMA 93 before your class begins.
    2) Review important pre-algebra concepts on your own by clicking here.

    If your Accuplacer Elementary Algebra score is 83-95...

    1) Attend the prerequisite review for DVMA 95 before your class begins.
    2) Review the following important elementary algebra concepts on this site:

    - The Language of Algebra   
    - The Basics of Algebra   
    - Equations and Inequalities   
    - Graphing Equations and Inequalities

    3) Attend the prerequisite review for MATH100 A before your class begins.

    If you're registering for MATH100A without taking the placement test...

    1) Attend the prerequisite review for MATH100 A before your class begins. 

  • Reading and Writing Scores

    Reading Comprehension Score: WritePlacer Score: Course:
    67 or below any score DVRW 90 (Reading and Writing I)
    68-78 5 and below DVRW 90 (Reading and Writing I)
    68-78 6 and above WRIT 101 (College Composition) and
    DVRW 95 (Reading and Writing II)
    79 and above 5 and below WRIT 101 (College Composition) and
    DVRW 95 (Reading and Writing II)
    79 and above 6 and above WRIT 101 (College Composition)


  • Retests and Appeals

    Students may retest one time with advisor approval. Retesting consists of taking the appropriate Accuplacer test again. Students must wait at least 24 hours before retesting. The cost of the retest is $15 per subject area (elementary algebra, writing, or reading).

    Under certain conditions, students may appeal retest results. Students seeking to appeal their test results should obtain an appeal request form from the Office of Freshman Advising (freshmen) or the Achievement and Learning Center (transfer students). If the appeal request is granted, the Achievement and Learning Center will administer and evaluate the appeal exam. The highest score (test/retest/appeal) will determine the appropriate placement.