Academic & Pre-Professional Advising
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, Maryland 21250
PHONE: 410-455-3244 WEB: www.umbc.edu
April 8, 2013
Dear New Student:
As the Director of Academic & Pre-Professional Advising, I would like to congratulate you on your decision to attend UMBC. Our staff is excited about meeting you and helping you with advising and registration during your upcoming Orientation Course Selection Day.
To help ensure that your transition to college is a successful one, you will take a series of placement tests (English, mathematics, and reading). The tests are administered remotely via Blackboard – an online teaching and learning environment. You are scheduled to take your online placement tests between April 9 and April 16, 2013.
Placement testing is required for all new UMBC students unless they have met the transfer credit or AP/IB exemption requirements. These exemptions and other placement testing information are outlined on the Learning Resources Center’s website .
The results of the placement tests will help you and your advisor make the best choices in planning your schedule. In order to make orientation advising and registration as productive, efficient, and rewarding as possible, all students must complete their placement exams and receive their results before attending orientation.
Enclosed are important instructions about accessing the online tests, system/hardware requirements, preparing for the tests, and accessing technical as well as test-related support, should you need it. I strongly encourage you to read this information completely and thoroughly before starting your tests. These instructions will assist you in minimizing technical challenges and/or user error that may result in lost testing time or invalid test results.
Your orientation advisor is committed to helping you take appropriate courses during your first semester. The results from your placement tests help to ensure that your class schedule is academically sound, intellectually stimulating, and fostering progress towards graduation.
In closing, I want to reiterate how dedicated our staff is to accurate and effective academic advising. We look forward to making your advising experience enjoyable and productive; thus, we wanted to make sure that you were fully apprised of the significance of UMBC’s placement exams.
If you have questions about the placement tests, refer to the FAQ under the “Questions or Problems?” link in the Blackboard Placement Test community. If you are a student with a learning or physical disability and need special accommodations for testing, please contact Student Support Services at 410-455-3250. If you have additional questions about the placement tests or are having difficulty while taking the placement tests, please contact the Learning Resources Center at 410-455-2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For assistance with generating an account or if you need other technical assistance, please contact the UMBC Technology Support Center at 410-455-3838. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at Orientation Course Selection Day.
Dr. Ken Baron
Director of Academic & Pre-Professional Advising
UMBC Placement Testing Instructions
Welcome to UMBC Placement Testing!
To ensure that your Placement Testing experience goes as smoothly as possible, please read all of the following directions carefully. If at any time you do not understand something, feel free to call the Learning Resources Center at 410-455-2444, or email email@example.com. The LRC’s hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm (EST).
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