LRC's Placement Tests are designed to help you and your advisor choose your first classes at UMBC. There are three different tests: Math, English, and Reading.
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The Math Placement Test consists of an Algebra test and a PreCalculus test. All students who take the Math Placement test are required to take the Algebra test, but only those who want to enroll in Calculus 1, Math 151, in their first semester should take the PreCalculus test. These tests were chosen by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to ensure that students start at a level where they will be successful.
The Math Placement Test covered the following topics:
Algebra Portion 
PreCalculus Portion 
Arithmetic of rational numbers 
Geometry and measurement 
Operations with algebraic expressions 
Graphs of functions 
Linear equations and inequalities 
Word problems and modeling 
Factoring and algebraic functions 
Concept formation 
Exponents and radicals 
Numerical awareness 
Graphing and distance 
Exponents and logarithms 
Fractional equations 
Exponential functions 
Quadratic equations 
Equations and factoring 
Inequalities 
Funtional notation 
Absolute values 
Inequalities 
Systems of equations 
Absolute value 

Trigonometry 
Sample Placement Math Test (pdf)
The English Placement Test determines your placement in an English composition course. You may only take the English placement test once every calendar year, and the score and placement decision are not subject to appeal. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your writing strengths through two multiple choice quizzes and an essay.
The Reading Placement Test consists of reading passages and then questions the student's understanding of the material. It assesses each student's reading comprehension and helps determine if the student is reading at a
college level.
Please use the links above, in the dropdown menu under Placement Testing, to learn more about taking the LRC Placement Tests. If you have further questions,
email us at placement@umbc.edu.