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Placement Testing

Testing Information and Resources for Students

Welcome to the Placement Testing homepage. This webpage provides accepted students with further information and resources regarding Stevenson University’s placement testing requirements.

Placement testing course placements determine a student’s eligibility to enroll in all other courses, including those required for specific majors as well as general education courses, which, in turn, can affect the time it takes to earn a degree. It is therefore important to prepare for placement testing in advance; see, “How can students prepare for placement testing?” below to review ACCUPLACER® sample questions and online resources.

You can also click on the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn more about Stevenson University placement testing, or register for and schedule your placement testing appointment by selecting the RSVP button: 

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  • What is placement testing?

    Stevenson University requires placement testing to expand our understanding of students’ current academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Placement testing helps optimize the Stevenson educational experience for accepted students by determining which English and/or mathematics course(s) are most appropriate for each individual to take during their first year at Stevenson.

  • What is the format of the placement tests?

    Stevenson University utilizes the College Board’s computerized ACCUPLACER® testing system (classic version) to determine the appropriate level of English, reading, and/or mathematics course(s) for incoming students. 

    ACCUPLACER®

    • The computer-based ACCUPLACER® placement tests are delivered in a multiple-choice format.
    • The tests are untimed, however, each assessment (English & mathematics) takes about 45-60 minutes to complete.
    • The mathematics test provides an on-screen calculator for the questions where a calculator is allowed.
    • Test question difficulty is adaptive to responses in order to provide a more tailored measure of individual ability.
    • More information can be found at: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student/inside-the-test
  • What are the English and Mathematics placement testing requirements?

    English Testing Requirements

    Incoming students with the following SAT and/or ACT scores are required to complete the English placement test:

    • Old SATScores below a 500 on the Critical Reading section
      New SAT: Scores below a 550 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section
      ACTScores below a 44 combined on the English and Reading sub-scores

    English Testing Exemptions

    Incoming students who meet any one of the exemptions outlined below are not required to complete the English placement test:

    • Old SATScores of a 500 or above on the Critical Reading section
      New SATScores of a 550 or above on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section
      ACT: Scores of a 44 or above combined on the English and Reading sub-scores 
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    • Taken an English ACCUPLACER® placement test at another institution within the past year*
      *Note: Official score report required; please send to Philip Gillett (; Fax: 443-352-4122)
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    • Taken a credit-bearing English course or an equivalent college-level composition course with a grade of a “C” or better at another college/university*
      *Note: Mail official transcript for course transfer approval to the Registrar’s Office (1525 Greenspring Valley Rd. Stevenson, MD 21153)
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    • Earned an Advanced Placement (AP) score of a 4 or 5 on either the English Language or English-Literature exam before May 2017
      *Note: If you are taking the AP exam in May 2017, then the scores will not be available before early July. You are therefore still required to take the English placement test in May or June. Your course placements will be updated by the Registrar’s Office when AP scores come in, if necessary.

    Mathematics Testing Requirements

    All incoming students are required to complete the Mathematics placement test, unless they meet any one of the exemptions listed below:

    Mathematics Testing Exemptions

    Incoming students who meet any one of the following conditions are not required to complete the mathematics placement test:

    • Taken a mathematics ACCUPLACER® placement test at another institution within the past year*
      *Note: Official score report required; please send to Philip Gillett (; Fax: 443-352-4122)
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    • Taken a credit-bearing mathematics course(s) at another college/university equivalent to or higher than Stevenson’s foundational MATH 005 course and earned a grade of a “C” or better*
      *Note: Mail official transcript for course transfer approval to the Registrar’s Office (1525 Greenspring Valley Rd. Stevenson, MD 21153)
      *Note: Students who qualify for this exemption, and plan to major in Medical Laboratory Science, or have an intended major in the School of  Sciences should still consider completing the math placement test to see if they can qualify for Pre-calculus or Calculus
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    • Earned an Advanced Placement (AP) score of a 4 or 5 on one of the following mathematics exams before May 2017*
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      • AP Statistics - (Exempts students unless their intended major is Medical Laboratory Science or within the School of Sciences)
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      • AP Calculus AB or BC - (Exempts all students regardless of intended major)​
        *Note: If you are taking the AP exam in May 2017, then the scores will not be available before early July. You are therefore still required to take the mathematics placement test in May or June. Your course placements will be updated by the Registrar’s Office when AP scores come in, if necessary.
     
  • What about the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme?

    Students may also be considered exempt from English and/or mathematics placement testing requirements based on the IB Diploma Programme. Stevenson University recognizes the IB Diploma Programme and will grant credit for scores of 5 or higher in the “Higher Level” courses only. No credit is given for courses taken at the subsidiary level or for courses that duplicate others taken for Advanced Placement credit. For questions about IB credit, please contact the Registrar’s Office (443-334-2206). 

  • How does a student register for and schedule their placement testing appointment?

    Students can register for their placement testing appointment online using our Placement Testing Online Registration Form: click here

    The registration page details the three options for placement testing appointments:

    • Option 1: Testing at Stevenson University before the orientation Mustang Day*
      *Recommended for students within 100 miles of campus
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    • Option 2: Testing remotely at a pre-approved, local testing center*
      *Recommended for students 100 miles or more away from campus; More information about this option is available in the next question, “Is off-campus (remote) placement testing available?”
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    • Option 3: Testing at Stevenson University during the orientation Mustang Day*
      *Not recommended
     
  • Is off-campus (remote) placement testing available?

    Yes, students who live 100 miles or more away from the campus are eligible to request remote placement testing proctoring services.

    To request this service visit the Placement Testing Online Registration Form (click hereand select Option 2, “Testing remotely at a pre-approved, local testing center.”

    Once a request is received, Stevenson University works with students to help locate and select a local testing site for their remote placement testing appointment. The testing site’s designated proctor then receives online instructions from Stevenson University in-advance of the student’s scheduled appointment, so that the student can take Stevenson’s exam(s) online. This ensures students take the correct ACCUPLACER® exams for course placement, and that the score report is available to Stevenson staff immediately upon completion of testing. Results, including English and math course eligibility, are typically delivered electronically 1-2 business days after testing.

    *Note: Students are responsible for any remote proctoring fees (varies by institution) incurred.

     
  • How are testing accommodations requested?

    Students with a documented disability, who require testing accommodations for placement testing are encouraged to contact the Director of Disability Services, Dr. Terri-Massie Burrell (; 443-352-4920) for further assistance. The ACCUPLACER® tests are untimed, so extra-time accommodations do not require a special request. More information on how to request accommodations is available at: http://www.stevenson.edu/academics/academic-resources/disability-services

  • Why is placement testing important?

    The diagnostic results of placement testing support the learning success of students at Stevenson University by establishing whether a new student should begin with foundational or college-level courses. Students cannot, “pass” or, “fail” the placement tests; instead, the diagnostic results will be used to match an individual’s current academic abilities with the most appropriate English and mathematics courses for their first year at Stevenson University.

    Placement testing course placements determine a student’s eligibility to enroll in all other courses, including those required for specific majors as well as general education courses, which, in turn, can affect the time it takes to earn a degree. It is therefore important to prepare for these tests in-advance; see next question, “How can students prepare for placement testing?”

  • How can students prepare for placement testing?

    The following are some available online resources to help students prepare for ACCUPLACER® placement testing:

 

Please contact Philip Gillett (; 443-352-4123) for further assistance and/or with any follow-up questions, comments or concerns about Stevenson University placement testing.

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