First-Time/Freshman Students [All Freshmen take English, Reading, and Math]
Transfer Students [Check with Admissions Office for which test you are required to take]
New Student Orientation (NSO) includes Placement Testing, Academic Advisement, class registration, and "Discover BSU" activities. You can register for sessions on the NSO web site.
If you have not paid your $80.00 enrollment acceptance fee, you will not be permitted to take the Placement Exam or receive academic advisement.
All questions about transfer evaluations should be directed to the Office of Enrollment, 301.860.3415.
Immediately after completing the Placement Exam, first-time students and transfer students who transfer fewer than 60 credits to BSU will be advised by the Academic Advisement Center. However, transfer students transferring 60 or more credits to BSU must contact their academic department and make an appointment for advisement. Registration instructions are at the bottom of this page.)
Students who have a disability and who need special accommodations should call the Coordinator of Disability Support Services, at 301.860.4067.
Testing locations will vary; please review specific instructions for your location based on your test date.
Students who have been admitted to the University and who have registered to take the Placement Test must bring to the testing site a photo I.D., their student ID number, and two No. 2 pencils. Personal calculators are prohibited!
Scores on the Placement Tests are determinant factors in whether students begin with developmental or regular college courses. A fee of $150, in addition to tuition, is charged per developmental course that a student takes. The grade earned in a developmental course is calculated into the semester and cumulative GPA. However, the credits earned for developmental courses do not count toward graduation.
The writing/essay portion of the Placement Exam is the only timed section. Students are given forty minutes to complete the writing section of the Exam. The reading and math sections are not timed. Students move at their own pace. It usually takes first-time students approximately two hours to complete all three sections (writing, reading, and math) of the Placement Exam. It generally takes transfer students an hour to complete the math portion of the Exam.
A student may retake the writing, mathematics, and reading sections of the Placement Exam only once. All retesting must be completed within two weeks of the students' initial placement testing date. Call University Testing Services at 301.860.3295 to make an appointment to take the test a second time.
Academic advisement follows immediately after placement testing. Depending on your major or the number of credits you transfer to Bowie State University, you should report to the Academic Advisement Center or to your academic department for academic advisement. Please refer to the Academic Advisement Center's web site for detailed instructions.
The Placement Test, ACCUPLACER, is administered on computers at the testing site on campus. The test items themselves were developed by the College Board, with the help of committees of college professors, and are designed to help determine the initial English, reading, and mathematics courses most appropriate for students. The Placement Test consists of three areas: writing, reading, and math.
The CLM Test assesses proficiency from intermediate algebra through pre-calculus. Six categories are covered. The first category, algebraic operations, includes simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents. The category, solutions of equations and inequalities, includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems, and other algebraic equations. Coordinate geometry asks questions about plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions. Applications and other algebra topics ask about complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems. The last category, functions and trigonometry, presents questions about polynomial, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Twenty questions are asked.Access the Accuplacer study guides and practice exams for writing, reading, and mathematics.
Do not bring textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, or paper into the testing room. They are prohibited!
College Board has provided tutorial sessions in ACCUPLACER for the Placement Exam. To practice for the exam, you may click here on ACCUPLACER and complete as many tutorial sessions as you like in writing/English, reading, and math before you take the Placement Test.