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 and current students. Newly admitted first-year students with valid SAT/ACT scores should consult their admission counselor to determine if math placement is required.
Transfer students requiring placement should register for placement tests no later than their second semester at UBalt. Failure to do so may impact your intended graduation schedule and course registration.
If placement testing accommodations are required and you are new to UBalt or not registered with the Office of Disability and Access Services for accommodations, please send current documentation of a disability (at least two weeks in advance) to the Office of Disability and Access Services .
First-Year Student 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 adviser.
For additional information, email Mr. Carey Miller, Director of Student Success and Retention, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper-Division Writing Placement Schedule
PLEASE NOTE: All placement activities have moved to an online process. Students sitting for the Upper-Division Writing Placement will receive a Zoom appointment for their scheduled date, and will complete placement through Canvas.
Fall 2023 Upper-Division Writing Placement Test Dates
The Writing Placement test is required of all UBalt students registering for WRIT 200 or WRIT 300. You can RSVP for a placement date by clicking a date below, which will take you to the placement date on the UBalt web calendar where you can RSVP using your UBalt email address.
Writing Placement Test Instructions and Scoring Guide
- Upper-Division Writing Placement Instructions (PDF)
- Upper-Division Writing Placement Scoring Guide (PDF)
For additional information, please email email@example.com.
Transfer and Upper Division Math Placement Schedule
The ALEKS Math Placement is offered completely online, and can be completed on your own time and at your own pace. The ALEKS Math Placement has two components: the pre-assessment, and the official placement. The pre-assessment will generate a study path which students can use as a preparation tool to complete the official placement. The official math placement will determine the math course(s) you will be required to complete.
For additional information and preparation for the Math Placement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is placement?
Placement helps evaluate a students' current knowledge or skills.
Why do I need to take placement?
At UBalt, 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: Demonstrates 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: Consistently 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 UBalt.
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 retake. After taking the math placement test for the first time, it is recommended that students wait 48 hours or two business days while logging five hours in the ALEKS platform prior to retaking the placement.
Upper-division students are not permitted to retake the writing placement test. Exceptions are determined by the writing program director.
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 email@example.com.
Are there prep workshops for the Upper-Division Writing Placement?
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 UBalt students registering for WRIT 200 Practicum in Writing or WRIT 300 Advanced Expository Writing.
When should I take the Upper-Division Writing Placement?
All students must take the writing placement test before their second registration at UBalt or once they have accumulated 45 credits or more. 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 date?
RSVP is required through UBalt's web calendar . Late arrivals will not be admitted. The test is 90 minutes.
How do I obtain my results after taking the Upper-Division Writing Placement?
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 results mean (transfer and upper-division students)?
If the score is between 0-45 a student will be required to register for MATH 82 and MATH 153 or MATH 86 and MATH 163
- If the score is 46 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 0-45 a student will be required to register for MATH 82 and MATH 153 or MATH 86 and MATH 163
How do I prepare for the Math Placement ?
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 attend one of the Math Review sessions held in the Robert L. Bogomolny Library during their Math Tutoring Drop-In hours, where a math tutor can walk you through solving the problems.