Basic Skills Placement Testing

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Basic Skills Placement Testing

Placement Tests

All incoming freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 transfer credits who do not meet one of the exemptions below are required to take: 

  • Basic Skills Reading –ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension
  • Basic Skills Math – ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra

Your test results will be used to place you in the courses appropriate to your level of preparation. In some cases, the appropriate courses may be non-credit Basic Skills courses that do not apply to graduation requirements.

Please note: Students are responsible for adjusting their schedule if placement changes; consult your advisor.

Students with a major of Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biological Sciences, Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geology (BS), Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics, Psychological Science (BS), Translational Biomedical Sciences, all Rohrer College of Business majors and all College of Engineering are also required to take: 

  • College Level Math – ACCUPLACER College Level Math

Your test results will be used to place you in the course appropriate to your level of preparation for calculus. All placements are credit-bearing college level courses. 

Students with a major of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Biophysics, Engineering, Geology (BA & BS), Nutrition, Translational Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics, and the Pre-Med concentration and any other students planning to take Chemistry I (CHEM 06100) are also required to take:

  • Chemistry I Placement Test

Your test results will be used to place you in the Chemistry course appropriate to your level of preparation.  More information about Chemistry placement testing can be found by clicking here.

Exemptions (Effective Fall 2017)

All majors are exempt from Reading Comprehension placement testing if your Reading test scores are equal to or higher than…
OLD SAT* Critical Reading 500
NEW SAT* Reading Subscore 27
ACT Reading 21
OR
You transferred 30 or more credits or an English (literature) course.  (Please note: Courses that transfer into Rowan University as College Composition do not exempt a student from the Reading Placement Test)

 

To determine if you are exempt from Math placement testing, use the table below to find your major then review the test score and transfer credit information in the same column below it.  

Accounting
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics
Biological Science (BA, BS)
Biomedical Engineering
Biophysics
Business Administration
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science
Early Childhood Education (Math)
Economics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Elementary Education (Math)
Elementary Education (Chemistry)
Engineering Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Geology (BS)
Human Resources Mgt
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Physical Science
Physics
Psychological Science (BS)
Supply Chain & Logistical Systems
Translational Biomedical Sciences

 

Athletic Training (BS)
Athletic Training (MS)
Community Health Advocacy & Ed
Computing and Informatics
Disaster Preparedness
Environmental Studies
Exploratory Studies
Geographical Information Science
Geology (BA)
Health & Physical Education
Health and Exercise Science
Health Promotion & Wellness Management
Human Performance in Clinical Settings
Human Services
Law & Justice Studies
Nutrition
Political Science
Sociology

 

Advertising
Africana Studies
American Studies
Art
Art Education
Communication Studies
Dance
Early Child Ed- Liberal Studies: HSS
Elementary Ed- American Studies
Elementary Ed- English
Elementary Ed- Liberal Studies (non-Math)
Elementary Ed- Literacy Studies
Elementary Ed- Writing Arts
English
English Education
Geography
History
History Education
International Studies 
Journalism
Liberal Studies- HSS
Literacy Studies
Modern Languages & Linguistics
Music
Music Education
Music Industry
Philosophy and Religion Studies
Planning
Psychology (BA)
Public Relations
Radio, TV, Film
Spanish
Spanish Education
Studio Art
Theater
Writing Arts

You are exempt from Math placement testing if your Math test scores are equal to or higher than the scores in the corresponding column below.

OLD SAT* Math 600
NEW SAT* Math 620
ACT Math 27
OLD SAT* Math 550
NEW SAT* Math 570
ACT Math 24
OLD SAT* Math 400
NEW SAT* Math 440
ACT Math 17
OR
You transferred a college level Pre-Calculus or Calculus course. You transferred 30 credits or a college-level Math or Statistics course. You transferred 30 credits or a college-level Math or Statistics course.

*The designation of OLD SAT refers to SAT tests taken prior to March 1, 2016.  The designation of NEW SAT refers to SAT tests taken after March 1, 2016.  

Exam FAQ's

When and where do I take the ACCUPLACER placement tests? 

You can test at home, for a fee, via ACCUPLACER’S online proctor. Alternately, there are appointments available to test without a fee at Rowan University in the Testing Center. Please refer to the information below for suggested completion dates. All placement testing must be completed by the start of the fall semester. 

  • If you take your test prior to December 12th for spring admits, prior to June 1st for fall admits, you will have an opportunity at orientation to work with an advisor to make any necessary corrections to your fall schedule (based on the results of your placement tests).
  • If you take your test at orientation you will miss a significant portion of orientation.  You may also miss an opportunity to meet with an advisor to make any necessary corrections to your fall schedule (based on the results of your placement tests).  You may not be able to complete your placement tests because there are a limited number of seats.

  • If you take your test after orientation you will need to confer with your advisor as soon as possible (after completing your placement tests) to make any necessary corrections to your fall schedule (based on the results of your placement tests).

How do I register to take the ACCUPLACER placement tests? 

To register for at home placement testing:

Step 1: Test the computer that you plan to use to take the test Here. If your system passes, please continue to Step 2. If your system does not pass, you cannot take your placement tests from home. Click Here to schedule an appointment to take your placement tests on-campus at Rowan University’s Testing Center. There is no proctor fee the first time you take your placement test on-campus at Rowan University’s Testing Center.

Step 2: Email your student ID#, first name, last name, and birth date with the subject line Placement Testing Voucher Request to testingservices@rowan.edu to request a placement test voucher. A representative of Testing Services will review our records to determine which placement tests are required.  A voucher will be sent to your Rowan Student email within 5 business days.   In that email you will receive your ACCUPLACER test voucher, scheduling instructions, and a course placement brochure. Once you’ve received your voucher, proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Schedule your test with the online proctor using the instructions included in the email you received with your voucher. Appointments are available 24/7. There is a $25 fee** paid directly to the online proctor, no portion of that fee is collected or received by Rowan University. You will need a debit or credit card to pay the proctor fee. You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment. If you have any technical or scheduling difficulties contact the proctor’s support by clicking: Online Proctor Center Support or calling the customer service phone number 877-238-0245.

Step 4: When it is time for your appointment log back into the site by clicking: Here, then click “Start Your Test” and follow the on-screen instructions to begin your test. Be prepared to test your system and log in about five minutes prior to your scheduled start time to allow for necessary set up. Please follow all of the instructions provided by Rowan University and by the Online Proctor. Failure to follow the instructions provided could result in the interruption or cancellation of your exam.

**If you are concerned about the $25 proctor fee, you can take your placement tests on-campus at Rowan University’s Testing Center. There is no proctor fee the first time you take your placement test on-campus in the Testing Center but appointment availability is limited so schedule your appointment now. Click Here to schedule an appointment to take your placement tests on-campus at Rowan University’s Testing Center.

To register to take placement tests at Rowan University’s Testing Center:

Click Here to be directed to the scheduling system where you can schedule an appointment to take your placement tests on-campus at Rowan University’s Testing Center.

Choose the options below to complete registration:

  • From the drop down menu “Choose a group” select Placement Test (Basic Skills Math, Basic Skills Reading, and/or College Level Math)
  • From the drop down menu “Choose an exam” select Placement Test
  • From the menu “Choose a Date” click on the calendar on the right inside the box, then choose a date that is in bold type and at least 36 hours in advance.
  • From the menu “Choose a time” select your preferred time
  • Complete “Who is taking this exam” information for the person who will be testing.
  • Read the “Exam guideline Acknowledgement” and check the box to agree to follow the guidelines
  • Complete “Needed Information”
  • Select ADD TO CART
  • Select COMPLETE REGISTRATION

After you check out, you will receive an email confirmation with the details of your appointment.  If you have any questions, please contact us at testingservices@rowan.edu so that we can assist you.

How long are the placements tests? 
The ACCUPLACER tests are untimed.

You can plan to test for at least 30-45 minutes per placement test. However, it is possible that the placement tests could take you less or more time than this estimate.

Should I prepare for the tests?
Yes! Preparation should not be focused on learning new material, but on reviewing the material you have already learned.

College Board ACCUPLACER has resources available that can help you with your preparation.

Can I use my calculator?
Yes, you are permitted to use a calculator, scratch paper, and pencil.

What if I have already taken the ACCUPLACER tests? 
You can transfer your ACCUPLACER to Rowan University’s Testing Services.

  • Contact the Testing Center where you took the ACCUPLACER tests
  • Ask the Testing Center to email or fax your score report to:
  • Testing Services will send an email to your Rowan student email to confirm your course placement

What do my Accuplacer scores mean?

Click Here to see the Course Placement Brochure to help interpret your scores.

Can I retake my placement tests? 

Yes.

  • Challenge Tests (re-takes) can be taken in person at Rowan University’s Testing Center or at home via an online proctor. The total cost to Challenge Test in person at the Testing Center is $25.00.  The total cost to Challenge Test via the online proctor is $35.00.
  • To schedule a Challenge Test (re-take) at Rowan University’s Testing Center, an appointment is required. Click Here and then choose the option to Re-Take a Placement Test at the Testing Center.  There is a fee of $25.00 for each appointment at the Testing Center. The fee must be paid by debit or credit card in order to schedule the appointment.  
  • To schedule a Challenge Test (re-take) to be taken at-home via the online proctor follow these steps:
    • STEP 1: Test your system Here. If your system passes, please continue to step 2. (If your system does not pass, you cannot re-take your placement tests from home. Follow the steps above to schedule an appointment at Rowan University’s Testing Center.)

    • STEP 2: Click Here and then select the option to Request a Voucher to re-take a Placement Test online.  There is a fee of $10 for the Challenge Test Voucher.   Follow the prompts to complete the request of the voucher. 

    • STEP 3:  Check your Rowan student email for your Challenge Test voucher. You can expect to receive your voucher and scheduling instructions within 5 business days.

    • STEP 4: Schedule your test with the online proctor. Appointments are available 24/7. To schedule, you will need a debit or credit card to pay the $25 proctor fee. No portion of the proctor fee is collected or received by Rowan University.

  • The highest score will be used for placement.