Cohort 9A EMAIL - Academic Pre-Professional Advising...

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Academic & Pre-Professional Advising University of Maryland, Baltimore County 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, Maryland 21250 PHONE: 410-455-3244 WEB: www.umbc.edu July 14, 2009 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 July 21 and July 28, 2009. 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 Resource Center’s website < http://www.umbc.edu/lrc/placement_test.htm >. 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 wants to make sure that 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
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