Testing Center

Testing Center

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Bloomsburg University’s Testing Center supports the university’s educational mission by providing national, graduate, professional certification, distance education examinations and university assessments to students and other examinees in a professional, secure and accessible environment. We adhere to the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines.


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For your scheduling convenience, we have fast and secure online registration for the tests listed below. All online registrations are final and no refunds will be given. Payment options for registering online are Visa or MasterCard. Upon registration you will receive an email confirmation. Print your confirmation receipt and bring it with you to your test appointment.

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Available On-Campus Testing

Placement & Testing Procedures/Policies

Effective Fall 2017, incoming freshmen will be placed into mathematics, writing, and reading courses based on new procedures and policies (PRP 3360).


Congratulations on your acceptance to the Bloomsburg University community! We are busy preparing and looking forward to your arrival on campus. One part of our work is to get you started with the right courses in writing, foreign language and math. This page describes your initial placements for those courses as well as your options to challenge placement into courses that do not seem appropriate.

Writing Placement

For many students, the transition to writing in college presents a significant challenge. Some students coming to BU will be best served by taking two semesters of first-year writing courses, while others will do fine taking only one. Students whose overall high school grade point average is less than 87% will be placed into Enrich 101: College Writing Enrichment and will then take English 101: Foundations of College Writing the next semester. Students whose overall high school grade point average is equal to or greater than 87% will be placed directly into English 101. Enrich 101 earns elective credits toward graduation and English 101 is a required course for graduation from Bloomsburg University.

If you feel that your overall high school grade point average does not reflect your capability as a writer, you can challenge your first-year writing placement by taking the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Writing assessment. To learn more about that opportunity visit our writing placement info below.

Please email testing@bloomu.edu or call the Testing Center at 570-389-5294 with writing placement questions.

Foreign Language Placement

One of Bloomsburg University’s General Education (MyCore) Goals is that you demonstrate basic communication in a second language. You can accomplish this goal by taking foreign language courses or by taking a 20-40 minute Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish. Your score on the FLPT will either satisfy the Second Language Goal or determine which language course you should schedule. To learn more about the FLPT please visit our foreign language placement test info below.

Which Exam Do I need?

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Mathematics Placement

Bloomsburg University uses multiple data points along with the student’s major to determine an individual’s math course placement. Students with a High School GPA of 89, or a Math SAT of 510 or a Math ACT of 19 are placed directly into a Foundational Math course appropriate for their major.

Students who do not meet all our Foundational Math cutoff scores, will be required to complete a separate co-requisite math course in the same semester as their Foundational Math course. These co-requisite courses are tailored to provide the exact extra support needed for the student to be successful in their math class.

These co-requisite math classes are either one or two credits and are linked directly to the material covered in the Foundational Math class. In our system the co-requires math class is given the same number as the Foundational math class with an A appended to it. Please see the table below.

Foundational Math Courses with Co-Requisites Classes

Foundational Math Class

Co-requisite Math Class


ECON 156 – Business and Economics Mathematics

ECON 156A – Business and Economics Mathematics Recitation (1 credit)

Taken by Economics majors and College of Business students

 MATH 101 -- Math Thinking (3 credits)

MATH 101A – Math Thinking Recitation (1 credit)

Taken by many majors in the College of Liberal Arts

MATH 109 – College Algebra (3 credits)

MATH 109A -- College Algebra Recitation (2 credits)

Taken by students in who eventually need Calculus

MATH 116 – Mathematics for the Health Sciences (3 credits)

MATH 116A – Mathematics for the Health Sciences
Recitation (1 credit)

Taken by students in Health Science majors

MATH 141 – Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)

MATH 141A – Introduction to Statistics Recitation (2 credits)

Taken by many different majors. Especially those that analyze or handle large amounts of data.

Math 201 – Concepts of Mathematics 1: Theory of Arithmetic (3 credits)

Math 201A – Theory of Arithmetic Recitation (1 credit)

Taken by K-8 education majors

If your academic credentials indicate you would benefit from extra help in passing your Foundational Math class, then you can challenge your Math placement using the online Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) testing system. Contact Karen Davis in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to obtain the ALEKS information: testing@bloomu.edu

Students in many College of Science and Technology majors will be invited to participate in the ALEKS testing system for course placement. ALEKS uses artificial intelligence to determine your knowledge in a subject. ALEKS then creates an individualized learning plan that guides you to work on material that you are ready to learn. For additional information, please visit http://Aleks.bloomu.edu and review the Addition Information tab.

If you use ALEKS, then the placement into your first math class at Bloomsburg University will be based on your best ALEKS score and your degree program requirements. Specific details are available in your placement testing welcome letter.
Please note: Students should try to finish it within six weeks of receiving their math placement results.

We hope that you are excited to start the next phase in your educational journey with us. We look forward to working with you and want to maximize the benefit you receive from our programs.

Please email or call Ashley Bilinski at 570-389-4500 with Math Placement questions.

The complete algorithm for Foundational Math course placement is described below.

For a student to take a Foundational Math class, (no co-requisite math course requirement) the student must meet one of the following requirements.

MATH SAT >= 510 or MATH ACT >= 19 or HS GPA>= 89 or ALEKS >= 46
If the student’s academic credentials (first 3 criteria) are not met, then the student is asked to take ALEKS in the student’s individualized placement letter.
Updated Spring 2021

One of Bloomsburg University’s General Education (MyCore) Goals is the Second Language Goal (Goal 8) which requires students to demonstrate basic communication in a second language.

  • One way to satisfy this goal is for BU students to demonstrate proficiency through a (20-40 minute) Foreign Language Placement Test.
  • Tests are available in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Arabic, and Spanish (more to come, at a later date). Please consult BU’s Languages and Cultures Department to determine if other languages can be accommodated.
  • Students demonstrating proficiency on BU’s Foreign Language Placement Test, earn the two associated (MyCore) General Education Points (but do not earn credits towards graduation).
  • Students may also elect to satisfy the MyCore Second Language Goal by successfully completing American Sign Language 1 (ASLTERP 155), starting in the spring of their freshmen year.

Please note: Foreign Language Placement Test results (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Arabic, and Spanish) are for BU Use Only!

*BU Use Only: to determine BU's students' foreign language proficiency and/or to place them into the appropriate courses.

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Completion Date

Remember, your MyCore Second Language Goal must be fulfilled by/before the time you graduate. It is recommended that you test as soon as possible.


For your convenience, online registration is available. However, there is a three-day ahead registration window; therefore, you need to register at least three days ahead of your intended test date. An email confirmation will be sent to the e-mail address in which you entered during the online registration process.


One form of current (unexpired) photo ID is required to test. Acceptable forms of photo ID: College ID, Driver's License, Passport, High School ID, State or Federal ID, Passport, Tribal ID, Naturalization Card or Certificate of Citizenship

(*) Students will not be permitted to test if they do not have a photo ID.

BU’s Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) is administered on campus only, year-round in BU’s Testing Center, 411 Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg.

The Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) is a computer-based test; however, for your convenience, scratch paper and pencils will be provided.

Retest Policy

Each foreign language placement test can only be taken twice; however, you must wait at least two weeks between each attempt at the same language. All attempts at a foreign language placement test beyond the second attempt will be discarded.

While you can take the placement test at any time during the year, it is recommended that you complete the Foreign Language Placement Test, as soon as possible.


Details on how to cancel or reschedule a scheduled test date and time

For cancelations (within three days of your scheduled test date), please email testing@bloomu.edu, as there is a three-day ahead canceling window, and you will not be able to cancel your test date online. Thank you!

Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT

Details on BU’s Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT), please contact the Languages and Cultures Department 570-389-4750, located in the Arts and Administration Building, second floor.

For more information concerning ASLTERP 155, please contact Bridget Klein at bklein@bloomu.edu

These language exams help you earn college credit for languages you already know.

ACTFL OPIc Language Exams

BU’s Testing Center administers the Internet Speaking Test (OPIc). The Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer (OPIc) is an on-demand test that measures your ability to speak in a particular language. Questions are pre-recorded and designed to identify your specific proficiency level. It is a 20-40 minutes virtual conversation conducted online. During the exam you will speak into a headset and hold a conversation with an avatar on the computer. Grading/rating of the exam takes approximately 5 business days. BU’s Testing Center is an “OPEN” test center so anyone may test here.

Languages currently available:
Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, European Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Which ACTFL OPIc language tests are accepted

Students Attending Bloomsburg University

The chairperson of BU’s Department of Languages and Cultures works with the Office of the Registrar to determine which tests will be accepted at BU. After the test ends, Bloomsburg University students turn in the completed Approval of Transfer Credit form to the Chairperson of BU’s Department of Languages and Cultures for credits to be applied.

Students Attending Other Institutions

Students attending institutions other than BU may take their ACTFL-OPIc language tests at BU’s Testing Center. Please check your institution’s policy before taking an ACTFL OPIc test to be sure your school will award credit, what score is required, and where credit will be applied.

Test Administration

Each ACTFL OPIc exam has 2 fees.

Fee #1: — Payable to the testing company, LTI. $70 Directions on how to register

Fee #2: — Payable online to BU’s Testing Center for test proctoring. $43.50 BU’s test proctoring fee is non-refundable.

Click on the gold “Register Online” button at the bottom of this page to register for a seat at BU’s Testing Center. Tests are administered Monday through Friday throughout the year. Upon successful registration you will receive an email confirmation from BU’s Testing Center.

REMINDER: Bring 2 current forms of photo identification to your test appointment.

Government-issued identification (passport, driver’s license, or state ID card) is acceptable as the primary ID. Student ID cards are acceptable as secondary ID.

Register Online

In case of illness on test day

Please contact BU’s Testing Center via email or phone so we can alert the proctors.

Email: testing@bloomu.edu

Phone: 570-389-2998

Access ALEKs Quick Start Guide Register to Take ALEKs at BU

Access ALEKs

When ready, proceed to Access ALEKs button above. You will need to enter your BU username and password.

Click on your “class” (Freshman and Transfer Placement Testing)
If it is your first time logging in, then you will be prompted to take a short survey. Click GET STARTED in the sidebar on the left. Complete the survey.
After the survey, you will receive a demo to the Tools Tutorial. Click GET STARTED in the sidebar on the left. Complete the Tools Tutorial. When ready to take the placement test, click on GET STARTED on the left.

ALEKS Information

Bloomsburg University requires a mathematics ability assessment to determine readiness for various courses. Students in particular majors are required to use the ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning system. Other students may choose to use this system to better prepare for classes at Bloomsburg University.  The ALEKS placement system covers material from Basic Math through Pre-Calculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and better understand this material. The Learning Modules will help you improve your placement and eventual course outcomes.

All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Preparation and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades and course material comprehension.

First of all, RELAX. This is an “assessment,” NOT A TEST. The difference is that an assessment is designed to determine what you know. At the end of the ALEKS Placement Assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have a chance to work on those weaknesses. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the assessment. The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.

Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment – your only reward will be that you are forced to take a class that is too difficult for your current level of mathematical knowledge. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, etc.). The purpose of the placement assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will be successful in your mathematics courses. Please review Bloomsburg University’s academic integrity policy.

Who has to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment? All College of Science and Technology students who wish to take any of the courses listed below:

  • Math 109 College Algebra (Various Majors)
  • Math 113 Pre-Calculus (Various Majors)
  • Math 116 Mathematics for the Health Sciences (Various Majors)
  • Math 123 Essentials of Calculus (Biology majors)
  • Math 125 Calculus 1 (Chemistry, Math, Computer Science or Physics majors)
  • Math 141 Introduction to Statistics (Biology, Computer Science and other majors)

Who should take the ALEKS Placement Assessment? Any student who feels our assessment of their mathematical abilities is incorrect or students who want to secure a higher placement to avoid taking extra math classes.

Is there a fee for using ALEKS? Use of ALEKS is included in your student fees. Please take full advantage of this opportunity.

When should I start? You should start utilizing ALEKS as soon as possible.

How long do I have to finish ALEKS? Your college schedule is partly determined by your assessment results. You should finish within four weeks of being notified of our placement procedures. For most individuals this means sometime in May.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment? Yes, you may take up to 5 placement assessments. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.

Are ALEKS Placement Assessments proctored? Not at this time. You can take them at home. Please review this document for additional information.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately? You must wait 72 hours between placement assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between placement assessments? Yes, for 5 hours between all placement assessments.

Are placement assessments timed? Yes, you have 4 hours to complete an online placement assessment once it has begun. On campus, you will be given three hours to complete the placement assessment.

How long will a placement assessment take to complete? Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.

May I use a calculator while using ALEKS? ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

What happens if I do not complete a placement assessment in the allotted time? If the placement assessment is not proctored, you will have to restart the assessment. If the incomplete assessment is proctored and timed, you will be given a placement result, but it may underestimate your true ability. Right now we are using non-proctored math placement assessment, so you will need to start over.

May I use any other resources during a placement assessment? You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately course failure.

What is my placement result? Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the best assessment. Course placement is determined as follows:

Cut Score (%)

Range (%)

Course Placement

≤ 45%


Corequisite math course in addition to the student’s Foundational Math class. For example, Math Thinking Recitation (MATH 101A) is the corequisite math course that accompanies Math Thinking (MATH 101) .

≥ 46%


Regular Foundational Math courses without any corequisite requirements. Math Thinking, College Algebra, Math for the Health Sciences, Introduction to Statistics, Finite Math, Business and Econ Math are all Foundational Math courses.  The exact course you take will depend on your major.

≥ 61%


Precalculus or Essentials of Calculus

≥ 76%


Calculus 1

A corequisite math course is a math course a student takes in addition to their Foundational Math class. The corequisite class will meet one to two days a week and provides additional support to aid in the student’s understanding of the concepts presented in the linked Foundational Math class.

    How long is my placement result valid? Your placement result is valid for your stay at Bloomsburg University.

    Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement? ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.

    How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module? You will have six months of access from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning module.

    Is there an additional fee for my Prep and Learning Module? Access to a Prep and Learning Module is included along with up to 5 placement assessments.

    What are ALEKS Progress Assessments? While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge.

    Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count toward placement? No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Only your placement assessment results will be used for course placement.

    Can I change to a different Prep and Learning Module later? No, you may only use one Prep and Learning Module. If you are unsure which module to select, use the module recommended by ALEKS.

    What if I do not place into the course I wanted? You can use a Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result.

    I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway? No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.

    What if I placed into the class I wanted? Congratulations! Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve your chances for success. The placement result above is the minimum preparation required for your course! Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class. We do require you to complete two placement assessments to be scheduled into your desired course.

    Where can I get help with ALEKS? 


    What link do I use for ALEKS once registered? aleks.bloomu.edu

    Whom should I contact with questions? Contact the chair of your department.

    Who do I contact if all else fails? Dr. Curt Jones

    Students with Disabilities

    Students who require accommodations (i.e. readers, scribes) and have documentation, must contact University Disability Services, Denise Recla to complete the ALEKS placement assessment. All students have 24 hours to complete the ALEKS assessment, so an extended time accommodation is not being offered for this placement assessment.   

    Certified Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP) Exam

    About the CACP Exam

    For complete details about the CACP credentialing process, please download the CACP Candidate Handbook.

    Preparation for the Examination

    The exam content is based primarily on national recommendations and guidelines from nationally-recognized authorities in antithrombotic therapy. For additional details and complete application instructions, please download the CACP Candidate Handbook.

    Exam Registration

    The CACP exam is offered approximately two to three times per month. The CACP exam must be taken at an approved testing center. The majority of the approved testing centers belong to the National College Testing Association. If you are approved to sit for the CACP exam, your approval notification email will contain instructions for locating an approved testing center and making an appointment to take your CACP exam. Bloomsburg University’s Test Center is an approved CACP testing site.

    ID Requirements

    Government-issued, picture ID with signature containing both your photograph and signature (driver’s license, passport book, state ID card).

    Payment options for registering online are Visa or MasterCard.

    Upon registration you will receive an email confirmation. Print your confirmation receipt and bring it with you to your test appointment.

    Register Online

    College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exam

    Why take CLEP Exams?

    • To save time and money toward degree completion
    • To bypass prerequisites and register for upper-level courses better suited to your educational needs and abilities

    About CLEP Exams

    The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) helps you earn college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 33 introductory-level college subject examinations. You could save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars toward your degree.

    BU’s Testing Center is an “OPEN” test center, anyone may test here. CLEP is available to students from other schools or those in the military.

    Which CLEP tests are accepted at Bloomsburg University?

    BU’s Office of the Registrar is responsible for determining which CLEP tests will be accepted. Please visit the BU Registrar’s website for more information.

    Which CLEP tests are accepted at my University?

    Please check your institution’s CLEP policy before taking a CLEP test to be sure your school will award credit, what score is required, and where credit will be applied.

    Cost: There are two fees per CLEP exam

    $89 — payable to the College Board/CLEP before registering for a seat in BU’s Testing Center. Complete payment through your College Board Account. This generates a TICKET ID#. Then, register for a seat in BU’s Testing Center.

    $43.50 — BU’s non-refundable testing fee. You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment after registering online.

    Remember to print out your CLEP registration ticket and bring it with you to your confirmed test appointment. The TICKET ID# is required to start your exam.

    ID Requirements

    Bring (1) government-issued picture ID containing both your photograph and signature: Example - driver’s license, passport or state ID card.

    Registration Information/Test Dates

    Exam times are available Monday through Friday, year-round.

    Register Online

    Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Written Test

    About the EIPA Written Test

    The EIPA Written Test is a comprehensive multiple-choice test that evaluates the interpreter’s understanding of information that is critical to performing with students in an education setting. The test consists of 177 questions and takes approximately one and a half to three hours to complete. This computer-based test is administered through the Internet. A passing score on the EIPA Written Test is not needed in order to take the EIPA Performance Assessment.

    Registration Information/Test Dates

    Current information about test dates and registration is available here: EIPA


    There are two fees per exam: the test fee and the proctoring fee.
    Test Fee -- payable online to EIPA at the time of registration.

    You will need your EIPA receipt to complete BU’s online registration for a seat in the Testing Center. Remember to print out your EIPA receipt and bring it with you to your confirmed test appointment.

    BU Proctoring Fee – payable online when you register for a seat in BU’s Testing Center. This fee is non-refundable. The payment options for registering online are Visa or MasterCard. Upon successful registration you will receive an email confirmation. Print your confirmation receipt and bring it with you to your test appointment.

    ID Requirements

    Government-issued, picture ID with signature containing both your photograph and signature (driver’s license, passport book, state ID card). Upon registration you will receive an email confirmation. Print your confirmation receipt and bring it with you to your test appointment.

    Register Online

    Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Exam

    About the MAT Exam

    The Miller Analogies Test is required for admission by some graduate schools. The MAT is considered a measure of high-level cognitive function and measures an individual's logical and analytical reasoning through the use of partial analogies.

    The MAT requires a broad knowledge of Western culture covering science, music, literature, philosophy, mathematics, art, and history. Success on the MAT requires a nuanced and cultivated vocabulary.

    MAT Cost

    $93.50 payable when registering online with MasterCard or Visa.

    ID Requirements

    TWO forms of unexpired ID are required for admission.

    Primary ID: Government-issued, picture ID with signature containing both your photograph and signature (driver’s license, passport book, state ID card).

    Secondary ID: Student ID card, Credit card, or library card.

    Estimated Length of Exam Appointment

    Plan to arrive at the Testing Center at least 15 minutes before your confirmed test appointment to allow time for the check-in process. The entire appointment, from beginning to end, takes about an hour and a half (1.5 hours).

    Registration Information/Test Dates

    Exam times are available Monday through Friday. Payment options for registering online are Visa or MasterCard. Upon registration you will receive an email confirmation. Print your confirmation receipt and bring it with you to your test appointment.

    Register Online


    Bloomsburg University’s Testing Center provides test proctoring services to students and community members taking online courses at other colleges or universities who need a local site to take their exams.

    Tests are only administered on weekdays and non-refundable fees apply. We are a member of the National College Testing Association's Proctoring Network — many schools now require an NCTA CCTC member to proctor their exams.

    Arrangements with Your School

    It is the examinee's responsibility to notify their instructor of the date and time the test will be administered, and to follow up to make sure that BU’s Testing Center has received the exam(s), directions and restrictions information at least one business day prior to the test appointment.

    If test materials are to be mailed back to your school and the school does not provide a paid-return envelope, examinees must bring a pre-addressed, pre-paid envelope for materials to be returned to your school.

    About Proctor Consent Forms

    If your school requires a proctor consent form, complete their form with this Proctor information:

    CONTACT PERSON: Kathy Kollar-Valovage
    TITLE: Test Center Coordinator
    LOCATION: BU Testing Center
    ADDRESS: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
    411 Lightstreet Road
    Bloomsburg, PA 17815

    EMAIL: testing@bloomu.edu

    Proctoring Cost

    Each appointment costs $43.50 for a 3-hour time block, with a minimum time block of 3 hours required.

    Test Dates

    Exam times are available Monday through Friday.

    How to Register

    • If your school requires one, complete their Proctor Consent Form.
    • Send the form to our Test Center via email testing@bloomu.edu.
    • Go online to our website to schedule your exam and pay the proctor fee.
    • Once you have registered online, you will receive an email confirmation of your appointment. Send this notification to your school/professor so they know you have a test proctoring appointment scheduled.
    • One week before your scheduled appointment, send an email to testing@bloomu.edu to see if the exam has arrived at our testing center.
    • If the exam has NOT arrived, contact your school/professor to ensure the exam is sent to our testing center prior to your scheduled appointment.


    Parking at BU Test Center

    A limited number of parking spaces are available behind the building for those using the test center. Visitor parking is also available on campus. Pick up the visitor parking pass at the Test Center.

    Arrive Early

    Plan to arrive at the Testing Center at least 15 minutes before your confirmed test appointment to allow time for the check-in process.

    ID Requirements

    One form of unexpired Government-issued, picture ID with signature is required for admission.
    Example: Driver’s license, passport book, or State ID card.

    NOTE: If you encounter an emergency and are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please contact BU’s Test Center as soon as possible via email (testing@bloomu.edu) or by phone 570-389-5294.

    Special Information:

    • We do not notify you when tests arrive.
    • Any test not taken within the time period determined by the credit-granting institution is returned as requested by that institution.
    • Paper/Pencil exams are mailed back to the originating institution following the exam. If the sponsoring school does not provide postage-paid return envelopes, the examinee is responsible for covering the cost of returning test materials to their school.
    • Examinees who require accommodations for a documented disability must contact the Test Center Coordinator at least 2 full weeks in advance of a requested test date to make special arrangements and provide the required documentation.

    Payment options for registering online are Visa or MasterCard.

    Upon registration you will receive an email confirmation. Print your confirmation receipt and bring it with you to your test appointment.

    For many students, the transition to writing in college presents a difficult adjustment. Many universities therefore require two semesters of first-year writing courses. At BU, we use high school grade point averages to determine whether each student should take two semesters or just one semester of first-year writing. For those who will take two semesters, their high school grade point average places them into Enrich 101: College Writing Enrichment as a prerequisite before they take ENGLISH 101: Foundations of College Writing.

    The Challenge Process

    BU students placed into the Enrich 101 Writing prerequisite course who feel they are ready to go directly into English 101 can choose to challenge their writing course placement. Bloomsburg University is piloting a new, more accessible Writing Placement Challenge for the 2020-2021 academic year. All students placed into Enrich 101 are eligible to challenge their current writing course placement.

    Students will take the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Writing assessment proctored by BU’s Testing Center staff. A score of 237 or higher is required to be successful. Students who do not meet this requirement may choose to take the ACCUPLACER WritePlacer assessment in a separately-scheduled appointment. A score of 5 is required to be successful on the WritePlacer.


    Before registering, it is important to prepare and practice. The CollegeBoard, creator of these assessments, provides free sample questions and scored sample essays and a FREE web-based study APP.

    The Testing Process

    Proctoring will take place using Zoom or on campus at the BU Testing Center. Before signing up for a proctored Zoom appointment, students MUST meet eligibility requirements:

    1. Use a desktop or laptop computer (tablets, Chromebook and cell phones do NOT meet requirements).
    2. Ensure the computer has a working, built-in or external webcam and microphone.
    3. Have a reliable internet connection with internet speed of at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Hot spots are not recommended (Speed test).
    4. Disable the pop-up blocker on your browser.
    5. Have downloaded Zoom.
    6. Test computer requirements by visiting the Accuplacer website.

    About Proctoring Through Zoom

    You will need:

    • Two (2) sheets of blank paper and a pencil. You will need to show these to the proctor.
    • A table or clean surface without items on it.
    • A private space to take the test uninterrupted.
    • Show ID (driver’s license, passport, or BU ID Card) to the proctor through the webcam.

    The proctor will require you to scan the room you are located in (possibly multiple times) to ensure the integrity of the process.

    You must show the proctor that your cell phones are turned all the way off.

    You will be required to share your whole desktop screen for the entirety of the challenge (please hide private information and turn notifications off before the start of the exam).

    The proctor will be required to request control of your computer briefly to input passwords.

    You will be monitored by the proctor for the entirety of the challenge.

    An email will be sent the night before the challenge with a Zoom link to enter the online appointment.

    The challenge is also available onsite at BU’s Testing Center, 411 Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg, PA. The Test Center is located between the University and the Bloomsburg-Geisinger Hospital.

    How to Register

    Registration is available online on this page.

    Register Online

    Choose a group:               Placement Testing
    Choose a group:               Writing Placement Challenge

    * Remember to click the box next to “I agree to follow the above guidelines” to proceed.

    Complete all fields and click “Add to Cart” and “Complete Registration”

    About University Assessments

    BU’s Testing Center proctors university assessments for students enrolled at Bloomsburg University on behalf of academic departments.

    Typically, academic departments need to assess students’ baseline knowledge before beginning their course of study and again at the end of the program to determine how well the curriculum has educated you on the various concepts, theories, and facts within your discipline.

    If you found this page, you are in the group of students participating in a university assessment this year. Academic departments also use the information to identify areas where they can improve instruction and/or possibly modify the curriculum, to obtain funding and support for our students, and to demonstrate program effectiveness required for university accreditation.

    Your participation in taking an assessment is greatly appreciated.

    Proctoring Cost

    There is no fee for taking a university assessment.

    Arrive Early

    Plan to arrive at the Testing Center at least 15 minutes before your confirmed test appointment to allow time for the check-in process.

    ID Requirements

    One form of unexpired Government-issued, picture ID is required for admission.

    Examples: Driver’s license, passport book, State ID card, or BU ID card.


    Appointment Confirmation

    Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Print your confirmation receipt and bring it with you to your test appointment.

    Register Online

    Parking, Policies and Resources

    Parking passes are required when visiting campus

    Please pick up a free visitor's parking pass at any of these locations:

    • University Police, attached to the Andruss Library
    • Carver Hall, Penn Street
    • At the BU Testing Center, 411 Lightstreet Rd.

    BU's Test Center is located at 411 Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

    The entrance to the test center is in the BACK of the building.

    Parking is available behind the building, as well as on campus.

    Directions to Campus

    • Photo ID is required for all testing.
    • Only exam candidates are allowed into the testing room.
    • Testing Center staff cannot watch unattended children. Make childcare arrangements prior to arriving for your test appointment.
    • Food and beverages are not permitted in the testing room.
    • Electronic devices, mechanical pencils and personal items must be stored outside the testing room in the lockers provided.
    • Examinees may not take notes out of the testing room.
    • Calculators are permitted for specific tests. Personal calculators will be inspected before use is permitted.
    • Open book/open note testing is only permitted for authorized tests.
    • Once a test is issued it must be completed in one sitting.
    • Different testing programs have different rules.
    • Talking is not allowed in the testing room.
    • Videotaping of exam administrations is conducted.
    • Acts of dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action and will be reported.
    • If you smoke or wear excessive perfume or cologne or exhibit and strong-smelling odors on the day of your exam you may be asked to reschedule your exam. These odors may be disruptive to other examinees and those with allergies.
    • Please complete the Testing Center Comment Card so we may improve our service.

    If classes are compressed or cancelled, offices stay open

    Test Center will be open.

    If the university is closed

    Test Center is closed.

    Message Outlets

    Along with BU's Facebook and Twitter, you can learn about weather impact on university hours at the following:

    • Be Safe Hotline 570-389-2723
    • University Police 570-389-4168
    • WNEP-TV (16), WBRE-TV (28), WYOU-TV (22), WHLM (AM 930), WKOK (AM 1070)

    BU Testing Center
    411 Lightstreet Road
    Bloomsburg, PA 17815

    Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Questions? testing@bloomu.edu

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    Additional Resources

    BU Testing Center