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Placement Testing

The test for placement in Reading and Math is Accuplacer, a computer adaptive test administered at the University. Writing placement is determined by the SAT writing score.

What tests do I need to take?

Incoming freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 transfer credits are required to take Basic Skills Reading and Math placement tests. 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.

Additionally, placement testing for College Level Math is required prior to taking Calculus and is mandatory for the following majors: Computer Science, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and all Rohrer College of Business majors.

Basic Skills Reading is assessed by the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Test.
You are exempt from this test if you have a SAT Verbal (Critical Reading) score of 550 or greater, an ACT Reading score of 25 or greater, or successfully transferred a college level English (literature) course.

Basic Skills Math is assessed by the ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra test.
You are exempt from this test if you have a SAT Math score of 550 or greater, an ACT Math score of 25 or greater, or successfully transferred a college level Math course.

College Level Math is assessed by the ACCUPLACER College Level Math test.
You are exempt from this test if you have been accepted to the College of Engineering, successfully transferred a college level Precalculus or Calculus course, or have earned a grade of “C-” or greater in AP Calculus (you must provide your high school transcript to the Math department prior to May 5, 2014 in order to receive this exemption).

Classes that have not yet been completed cannot be considered for exemption. If you have a question regarding your exemptions, please email testingservices@rowan.edu.

When and where do I take the placement tests?

Placement tests are administered at the Testing Center on the 3rd floor of Savitz Hall. An appointment is required.

Click Here to schedule an appointment for a test.

Can I complete testing from home?

ACCUPLACER provides an online proctoring service that enables students to complete placement testing from the comfort of home. Most home computers and laptops are capable of delivering the ACCUPLACER test while observed (via webcam) by the online proctor. The online proctor charges a $25 fee to proctor all required placement tests.

Initial placement tests can be completed from home with an online proctor. However, ACCUPLACER cannot generate the required test voucher for a student who has already completed one or more tests for Rowan University.

To register for a home placement test, follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Test your system here:  http://onlineproctornow.com/accuplacer/?cid=2. If your system does not pass, you cannot take your placement tests from home.

STEP 2: Email your student ID#, first name, last name, and birth date to testingservices@rowan.edu.

STEP 3: Check your Rowan student email for your ACCUPLACER test voucher. You can expect to receive your ACCUPLACER test voucher and scheduling instructions within 5 business days of your request.

Please follow all of the instructions provided by Rowan University and by the Virtual Proctor. Failure to do so could result in the interruption or cancellation of your exam.

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.

What do I need to bring?

You will be asked to present a photo ID and you are welcome to use your own calculator. Scratch paper, pencils, and calculators are available at the Testing Center.

Should I prepare for the test?

You should be prepared to demonstrate, to the best of your ability, your skills and knowledge in Reading and Math. Preparation should not be focused on learning new material, but on reviewing the material you have already learned. 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.

How can I prepare for the test?

More information about each of the ACCUPLACER tests can be found here: http://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer

The following websites may be helpful for reviewing algebra:

 

What if I have already taken the ACCUPLACER tests?

If you have already taken the required ACCUPLACER tests, you are welcome to ask the Testing Center where you took the ACCUPLACER tests to transfer your scores to Rowan University. Your score report can be emailed to testingservices@rowan.edu or faxed to 856-256-4438.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We are happy to help!

Can I retake my placement test?

Each placement test may be re-taken once for a fee of $28.50 (per test). All re-tests are administered at Rowan University’s Testing Center. Re-tests are not permitted after drop/add registration has concluded. Students who are placed in Basic Algebra I are permitted to re-test after successfully completing Basic Algebra I.

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CONTACT INFO: The Academic Success Center does not schedule or administer tests. If you have any questions about the tests scheduled or administered by Testing Services, please email testingservices@rowan.edu or call the Coordinator of Testing Services by dialing 856-256-4263. Emails are answered promptly and calls will be returned as soon as testing activity allows.