ACCUPLACER Placement Testing Frequently Asked Questions

ACCUPLACER Placement Testing Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Who is required to complete the test?

A: All freshmen! (summer, fall, spring), including international students.

ACT 101/EOP students will be notified by ACT 101/EOP of testing dates, not the Office of Planning and Assessment.

Q: Is it a requirement to complete the test?

A: Yes. The placement test results in reading, writing and math will determine your readiness for college level work. The results assist us in determining your strengths, and if there are any weak areas that you need to develop. These strengthening courses are developmental in nature and earn you the quality points for your cumulative grade point average, but do not carry college credit for graduation.

Q: If I already completed the ACCUPLACER Placement Test at another school, do I need to retake it or can I forward my test results to the office?

A: Yes. Because, Bloomsburg University may have different cut scores that determine which courses students are placed in, as opposed to other schools.

Q: Is there a cost to take the test?

A: No.

Q: What does the test consist of and how many questions are in each section of the test?

A: Reading Comprehension (20); Sentence Skills (20); WriterPlacer, Essay (possibly); Elementary Algebra (12); and College Level Math (possibly), (20).

Q: Where is the test administered?

A: At Bloomsburg University only!

Q: Is there a testing site in Philadelphia?

A: Yes. However, the testing site in Philadelphia is for Act 101 students only.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: A photo ID (driver’s license, high school ID, passport). Also, you will need to know your six-digit BU student ID #. Scratch paper and pencils will be provided.

Q: Are calculators permitted during testing?

A: No.

Q: How long does the test take to complete?

A: It depends on each student. Most students take about 1.5 to 2 hours, although each student is allotted up to 3 hours to complete the test.

Q: When will I find out my test results?

A: Immediately after you test, you will receive a copy of your test results for your records.

Q: Is it possible to obtain a copy of my test results, have them e-mailed/mailed/faxed to another school, agency, organization, person?

A: Yes. Please contact the Office of Planning and Assessment 570-389-2998 or accuplacer@bloomu.edu for assistance.

Q: Are the course placements listed on the test results definite course placements?

A: No. There are several factors that are used to help determine your course schedule (i.e. ACT and/or SAT scores, high school GPA, department course requirements, etc.).

Q: When will these courses show up on my schedule?

A: Please contact the Office of the Registrar 570-389-4263 for assistance and information regarding student scheduling.

Q: What do I do with these test results? What do the individual test scores mean?

A: Please contact Dr. Sharon Solloway, Developmental Instruction Chair 570-389-4987 or sollowa@bloomu.edu for assistance in interpreting your scores.

Q: What would happen if I do not take the test?

A: You may not be able to enroll in certain courses, if you do not complete it.

Q: Can I retake the test if I'm not satisfied with my placement results?

A: No. Bloomsburg University does not allow retesting.

Q: I did not receive any information regarding ACCUPLACER, when will I?

A: The ACCUPLACER Coordinator runs a report once every two weeks of all freshmen who have paid an initial deposit. At that time, a letter is mailed and/or e-mailed to all students regarding ACCUPLACER and how to register for a test date and time.

Q: When can I register for a test date and time?

A: When you receive a letter in the mail or via e-mail regarding ACCUPLACER from the ACCUPLACER Coordinator. Then, you may register online at: www.bloomu.edu/opa/placement. Available testing dates and times are identified on the online registration form.

Q: I registered online, but did not receive a confirmation e-mail, when will I?

A: Within 4 to 6 business days from that date that you submit the online registration form, you will receive an e-mail sent to your BU e-mail address.

Q: Is it possible to reschedule my test date and time (i.e. illness, prior commitment, emergency, etc.)?

A: Yes. Please contact the Office of Planning and Assessment 570-389-2998 or accuplacer@bloomu.edu.

Please note: If it is after 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or on the weekend (Saturday or Sunday), please leave a voice mail/or e-mail message, explaining the reasoning of rescheduling your test date/time.

Q: The online registration form does not have dates and times listed; when will they be available?

A: New testing dates and times are listed as needed. Please continue to check the web site periodically or contact Jessica Beaver, ACCUPLACER Coordinator 570-389-4098 or jbeaver@bloomu.edu for further assistance.