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Placement Testing Exemptions

The only way a student can be exempted from Placement Testing is to have college credit for a GEP level course. College credit for a GEP level course can be achieved four ways:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams—courses without the test do NOT exempt a student from the Placement Test
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams –for Math and Reading ONLY
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Testing
  • Transfer credit that transfers in as an ACTUAL English composition, Math, or Social Science GEP level course, and not a “100-level Elective”—this credit MUST be on file with the Office of the Registrar by Orientation or before you register for courses.

If you are transferring from any community college in Maryland, you can use the ARTSYS website as a guide for transferring courses. Please note that UMBC’s transfer policies may change without being reflected on the ARTSYS website. Please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for more information about transfer credit and transfer policies.

The Learning Resources Center does NOT handle any outside testing scores.

Scores must be sent from the testing institution to UMBC. For AP and CLEP testing, UMBC’s CEEB code is 5835.

The following chart will explain which tests give exemptions for which Placement Test.

Placement Test

Corresponding AP Exam and Scores Corresponding IB Exam and Scores Corresponding CLEP Exam and Scores

Corresponding Transfer Credit

English Placement Test
  • English Language and Composition (4 or higher)
  • English Literature and Composition (4 or higher)
  • NONE: IB English does NOT grant course credit for ENGL 100
  • English Comp with Essay, Freshman Comp with Essay, or College Comp Modular with Essay (67 or higher; Essay MUST be graded by UMBC)
  • Any course that transfers in exactly as ENGL 100 or ENGL 110
Math Placement Test
  • Calculus AB (3 or higher) AB subscores do NOT exempt students from the Math Placement Test
  • Calculus BC (3 or higher)
  • Math (Higher level only; 5 or higher)
  • Math with Further Math (Higher level only; 5 or higher)
  • Calculus (51 or higher)
  • Any course that transfers in exactly as a GEP level Math for your major. (See Placement Goals for more information)
Reading Placement Test
  • AP Government and Politics (American or Comparative; 3 or higher)
  • AP History (European, World, or US; 3 or higher)
  • AP Human Geography (3 or higher)
  • AP Psychology (3 or higher)
  • AP Economics (Micro or Macro; 4 or higher)
  • Economics (Higher level only; 5 or higher)
  • Philosophy (Higher level only; 6 or higher)
  • Psychology (any level; 6 or higher)
  • History of US I or II (50 or higher)
  • Microeconomics-Introduction (50 or higher)
  • Macroeconomics-Introduction (50 or higher)
  • Sociology-Intro (50 or higher)
  • Western Civilization I or II (50 or higher)
  • Any course that transfers in exactly as a course that fulfills the GEP Social Science requirement