In order to accurately assess and prepare new students for the rigors of their first semester, the University of Baltimore requires placement testing to determine accurate writing and math courses for its new students. Newly admitted first-year students with valid SAT/ACT scores should consult their admission counselor to determine if placement is required.
Placement test scores are valid for two years, in accordance with state guidelines.
Transfer students requiring placement should register for placement tests no later than their second semester at UB. Failure to do so may impact a student’s intended graduation schedule and course registration.
If placement testing accommodations are required, please send current documentation of a disability (at least two weeks in advance) to the Office of Disability and Access Services .
Placement Test Schedules and RSVP
First-Year Placement Schedule
All First-Year students should contact their admission counselor to verify their placement requirements. All students are required to complete the Haven and Plagiarism tutorials and placement activities prior to meeting with their First-Year Advisor.
Spring 2019 First-Year Placement Dates and Times
- Tuesday, January 15, 9 a.m. RSVP
Upper-Division Writing Placement Testing Schedule
RSVP is required through UB's Web calendar. To RSVP, choose the date below that you wish to sit for the placement test and click the corresponding RSVP link to reserve your seat. PLEASE RSVP WITH YOUR UB EMAIL!!
Fall 2018 Dates and Times
Transfer and Upper-Division Math Placement Testing Schedule
The math placement test dates below are for transfer and upper-division students who either did not take the first-year math placement test (as a first-year student) or did not transfer in a math course. To RSVP, choose the date below that you wish to sit for the placement test and click the corresponding RSVP link to reserve your seat.
Fall 2018 Dates and Times
First-Year Writing Placement
Students with fewer than 24 credits must complete Directed Self Placement (DSP) if they did not transfer the equivalent of WRIT 101 College Composition.
DSP provides students with information to place themselves into appropriate writing courses. Students complete an online assessment and compose two writing samples in response to a specific prompt. The writing samples are reviewed by a writing administrator who provides a placement recommendation to help students make a decision. With guidance from an adviser, the student decides which writing course provides the pathway to becoming a successful writer at the college level.Students will:
- Complete an online writing self-inventory
- Consult with adviser and select the appropriate writing course.
Upper-Division Writing Placement Test (for WRIT 300)
WRIT 300 Composition and Research is an upper-division general education writing course required for all majors. Transfer and upper-division students wishing to take WRIT 300 must have:
- WRIT 101 or equivalent credit either through transferring credit or completing the course with a grade of C- or higher
- Received a score of 300 on the upper-division writing placement test.
The 90-minute placement test consists of writing an essay response to a prompt. Each essay is read and evaluated by two Writing Program faculty members. Each reader scores the essay on a scale of 1 to 6, and the two scores are combined. 12 is the highest score. A score of 8 or above constitutes a WRIT 300 placement. A score of 7 or below constitutes a WRIT 200 placement.
Current University of Baltimore students should email Carey Miller at email@example.com if they are unsure if they are required to sit for upper-division writing placement test.
*Please note: Transfer students requiring placement should do so no later than their second semester at UB. Failure to do so may impact intended graduation schedule and course registration.
**If placement accommodations are required, please send current documentation of a disability (at least two weeks in advance) to the Office of Disability and Access Services.
Placement test scores are valid for two years in accordance with state guidelines.
Students who are required to sit for the math placement will take the EdReady Diagnostic Placement Test. The EdReady test is comprised of 36 questions testing a students’ knowledge of algebraic expressions, linear and quadratic equations, and real numbers.
Test scores determine initial enrollment in MATH 115 Introductory Statistics, MATH 111 College Algebra or MATH 100 Foundational Mathematics.
It is not uncommon for students to place into developmental (foundational) courses that lead, in one or two terms, to credit classes in those subjects.
Students will be advised to register for appropriate courses based on placement test scores.
The test results are reviewed by the math coordinator and are posted to a students' UBPortal, under Placement Test Results.
What is placement?
Placement helps evaluate a students' current knowledge or skills.
Why do I need to take a placement test?
At UB, we use placement tests to help determine what courses you need to ensure that you are successful and achieve your academic goals. Placement tests only measure your current skill level; they do not measure your intelligence or your ability.
What are the grading criteria for the Upper-Division Writing Placement?
A student’s essay will be evaluated as a piece of formal writing using the following criteria:
- Purpose: Shows an indentifiable purpose.
- Topic: Has engaged the primary issue raised by the reading passage.
- Critical Thinking and Logic: Deonstrates an understanding of the reading's topic and a grasp of its use of evidence.
- Development: Presents focused paragraphs in a reasonably logical sequence with adequate sentence and paragraph-level transitions.
- Style/Usage/Grammar: Employs adequate use of sentence structure and vocabulary; exhibits control of written English, and while the essay may contain some grammatical flaws, they do not detract from the overall effect or clarity of the writing.
- Reflection: Inconsistently analyzes and reflects on their reading, writing, and thinking processes; purposes at least one important revision.
- Review the Upper-Division Writing Placement rubric.
What happens if my AP credits do not transfer in as WRIT 101?
If a student’s AP credits do not transfer as our WRIT 101 College Composition, the student will be required to register for this course within his or her first two semesters at UB.
Can I transfer my course credit to replace the WRIT 300 course?
Generally, no. It is unusual for a transfer student to have credit for an equivalent course. Exceptions are reviewed individually by the writing program director.
Can I retake the math and writing placement tests?
Students will be allowed to request one math placement test retake. After taking the math placement test for the first time, it is recommended that students wait 60 calendar days to retake the test to allow for adequate preparation and review time.
Upper-division students are not permitted to retake the writing placement test. Exceptions are determined by the writing program director.
Do you offer any sample prompts or workshops for the Upper-Division Writing Placement Test?
Sample Essay Prompt
This essay prompt is only a sample. It reflects the type of question or statement to which you will be expected to respond in a placement exam.
Get tips and strategies to prepare for this test by attending the Achievement and Learning Center’s free Upper-Division Writing Placement Test Preparation Workshop.
What is WRIT 200, and why do I need to take it?
WRIT 200 Practicum in Writing is a 3-credit course which helps students prepare for WRIT 300 with an additional semester of writing instruction.
How do I take a placement test if I'm a Shady Grove student?
If you are a Shady Grove student needing to sit for the Upper-Division Writing Placement Test, please contact Toyette Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.738.6352.
Are there prep workshops for writing?
The Achievement and Learning Center offers a free Upper-Division Writing Placement Test Preparation Workshop which provides tips and strategies for success on the writing placement test. The writing placement test is required of all UB students registering for WRIT 200 Practicum in Writing or WRIT 300 Advanced Expository Writing.
When should I take the Upper-Division Writing Placement Test?
All students must take the writing placement test before their second registration at UB. Students are also encouraged to take this placement test early in order to register for the appropriate writing course. Failure to do so may affect their ability to get into a desired class section.
How do I RSVP for a placement test date?
How do I obtain my results after taking the Upper-Division Writing Placement Test?
Students' placement results are available through the MyUB Portal. Log in to MyUB and follow this path: My Self Service> Placement Test Scores
What do my math placement test results mean (transfer and upper-division students)?
If the score is between 0-63 a student will be required to register for MATH 83 or MATH 84
- If the score is 64 or higher a student can select MATH 111, MATH 113 or MATH 115 to fulfill the General Education math requirement.
- If the score is between 0-63 a student will be required to register for MATH 83 or MATH 84
How do I prepare for the Math Placement Test?
In order to prepare for the Math Placement, you can review the Get Ready for the Math Placement Test study guide. This guide provides questions and concepts you may see on the placement. It also includes an answer key that allows you to check your work.
You can also bring your sample problems to the Math Learning Center, where a math coach can walk you through solving the problems.