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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 complete 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 (FAQs) listed here to learn more about Stevenson University placement testing, or register for and schedule your placement testing appointment by selecting the RSVP button: 

RSVP for Placement Testing 

 

FAQs

  • 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:

      SAT: Scores below a 550 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section or
      ACTScores below a 44 combined on the English and Reading subject tests

      English Testing Exemptions

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

      • SATScores of a 550 or above on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section or
        ACT: Scores of a 44 or above combined on the English and Reading subject tests 
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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 college 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 2018*
        *Note: If you are taking the AP exam in May 2018, 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 foundational college mathematics course(s) at another college/university equivalent to Stevenson’s foundational MATH 005 course and earned a grade of a “C” or better* or
      • Taken a college credit-bearing mathematics course at another college/university equivalent to or higher than Stevenson’s MATH 135 course and earned a grade of “D” 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 the AP Statistics or AP Calculus AB exams, or a 3, 4 or 5 on the Calculus BC exam before May 2018*:
        • AP Statistics - (Exempts students unless their intended major is Medical Laboratory Science or within the School of Sciences)
        • AP Calculus AB or BC - (Exempts all students regardless of intended major)​

          *Note: If you are taking the AP exam in May 2018, 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.

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  • 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 schedule their on-campus placement testing appointment or register for remote testing online using our Placement Testing Online RSVP System: click here

    The online RSVP system details the three options for placement testing appointments:

    On-Campus Options
    • Option A: Testing at Stevenson University
    • Option B: Testing at Stevenson University during Mustang Makeup Days*
      *Reserved for students completing Mustang Days; Orientation on July 11 (Transfers) or July 12 (Freshmen).

    Off-Campus Option
    • Option C: Testing remotely at your home residence*
      *More information about this option is available in the next question, "Is off-campus (remote) placement testing available?"
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  • Is off-campus (remote) placement testing available?

    Yes, students can request remote placement testing appointments through Examity®, a leader in remote online proctoring.

    To request remote placement testing services, please visit the Placement Testing Online RSVP System (click hereand select Option C (Testing remotely at your home residence).

    Testing remotely at your home residence*

    Once a request has been received and reviewed, Stevenson University generates and sends students a remote testing voucher that includes directions on how to schedule their placement testing appointment with Examity. Upon test completion students’ score reports are immediately available to Stevenson staff, and their results, including English and math course eligibility, are typically delivered electronically within 3-5 business days of testing.

    Technical requirements for this service include: a working webcam, and a computer with a stable internet connection in a private location.

    There is also a charge of $25 for online proctoring appointments, which students can pay directly to Examity.

  • 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.