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ACCUPLACER Test for Admission to CSU

ACCUPLACER includes tests in elementary algebra, reading comprehension, and a written essay (WritePlacer). These tests are used for admission to CSU and scores will determine if the applicant can be admitted. Elementary algebra and reading comprehension are computer-adaptive, which means that questions adjust to the ability of the test taker. Elementary algebra consists of 12 questions, and reading comprehension has 20 questions, and both are untimed. WritePlacer is timed for one hour.

Eligibility:  ACCUPLACER is required of certain applicants.  The test must be listed on your checklist before you can schedule an appointment to test.

Scores: Results and information on retesting will be provided after initial testing.

Retesting: Applicants who do not score high enough to be admitted, or who place into learning support courses (courses below college-level) will be allowed to test one more time.  

Test preparation:  Please visit the ACCUPLACER web page to prepare for the test. We currently administer the classic version.

Payment: $35, regardless of the specific ACCUPLACER tests you need. Payment is due when you schedule your appointment. When you schedule, you must confirm that you have read, and will abide by, our payment policies.

ID requirements: You must present an unexpired government-issued photo ID with signature--driver's license, passport, military ID, state ID. The first and last name(s) on your identification must exactly match the first and last name(s) on your CSU application.

Items needed for the test: We will provide you with scratch paper and pencil. Physical calculators are not permitted.

To take the test if you live in Columbus or within 50 miles:

You must test at the CSU Testing Center if you live in Columbus or the surrounding service area (within 50 miles). Appointments are required.

Appointments: We will administer the correct test or tests to you when you report for your appointment. When you schedule, you must confirm that you have read, and will abide by, our policies . You are also confirming that you have read the information about the test, above.

To schedule your appointment to test on campus at the Columbus State University Testing Center, click here.  Read the instructions, and then select ACCUPLACER for Admission to CSU from the dropdown menu. Remember, it does not matter if you are taking reading comprehension, and/or WritePlacer, and/or elementary algebra, as we will give you the correct test(s) when you arrive.

To take the test if you live at least 50 miles outside of Columbus, you have two options:

1. To test at an authorized ACCUPLACER testing site close to you, click here to complete the remote testing registration form and make the test payment. We will then register you to take our test at the closest authorized ACCUPLACER test site to the zip code you entered in your registration form, and you will receive an email containing your testing voucher and instructions for scheduling an appointment at the remote site. The testing site will charge a fee which varies by site. If you do not test with a voucher that we provide you, then we cannot accept your scores.

2. To test 24/7/365 using a secure remote online proctor service called Examity, click here to complete the remote testing registration form and make the test payment. We will then issue you a voucher to test via Examity, which will charge you $25.  You must meet the following technology requirements to test with Examity:

•ACCUPLACER tests taken with Examity can only be administered on a desktop computer or laptop (Chromebook, tablets, and smartphones are not allowed)
•Your device must have a webcam and microphone (built-in or external)
•Connection to network with sufficient internet speed: at least 2 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload
•Operating systems: Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
•Browser with pop-up blocker disabled: Google Chrome v47 or later, Mozilla Firefox v41 or later, Internet Explorer v10 or later, Microsoft Edge v12 or later, Apple Safari v6 or later

Click here for more details on testing with Examity.