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ACCUPLACER

College Placement Exam
Offered in Statesboro, Savannah, and Liberty


Congratulations on choosing Georgia Southern University to return to college or attend for the first time.  Select the enrollment option below to learn more about the ACCUPLACER and how to register for the exam. It is recommended to test at least 2 weeks prior to attending your SOAR session.


 Test Components

The University System of Georgia requires the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics; Reading; and WritePlacer exams to be administered to complete a student’s admission into the system. Below is a description of each test with the skills that are assessed:

Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) consist of 20 questions to assess the following knowledge and skills:

The Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics placement test is a computer adaptive assessment of test-takers’ ability for selected mathematics content. Questions will focus on a range of topics including computing with rational numbers, applying ratios and proportional reasoning, creating linear expressions and equations, graphing and applying linear equations, understanding probability, and set notation, and interpreting graphical displays. In addition, questions may assess a student’s math ability via computational or fluency skills, conceptual understanding, or the capacity to apply mathematics presented in a context. All questions are multiple-choice in format and appear discretely (standalone) across the assessment. The following knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Rational numbers
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Probability Sets
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Geometry Concepts

Next-Generation Reading consists of 20 questions to assess the following knowledge and skills:

The Next-Generation Reading test is a broad-spectrum computer-adaptive assessment of test-takers’ developed ability to derive meaning from a range of prose texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas (including literature and literary nonfiction, careers/history/social studies, humanities, and science), writing modes (informative/explanatory, argument, and narrative), and complexities (relatively easy to very challenging). Both single and paired passages are included. The test pool includes both authentic texts (previously published passages excerpted or minimally adapted from their published form) and commissioned texts (written specifically for the test). Questions are multiple-choice in format and appear as both discrete (stand-alone) questions and as parts of sets of questions built around a common passage or passages. Four broad knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Information and Ideas (reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, understanding relationships)
  • Rhetoric (analyzing word choice rhetorically, analyzing text structure, analyzing point of view, analyzing purpose, analyzing arguments)
  • Synthesis (analyzing multiple texts)
  • Vocabulary

WritePlacer (Essay)

The WritePlacer test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Focus: The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view
  • Organization: The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas
  • Development and Support: The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details
  • Sentence Structure: The effectiveness of your sentence structure
  • Mechanical Conventions: The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

Testing Options

There are three options for testing: 1) On-Campus Testing; 2) Testing at another institution with a remote voucher; 3) Testing with a virtual remote proctoring (24/7 testing).

Please email the respective Testing Office to receive a remote voucher with Examity, or to schedule an appointment on-campus: 

Savannah /Liberty Campustestingsav@georgiasouthern.edu 
Statesboro Campustesting@georgiasoutherne.edu.  More information is below to help prepare for the exam.

Click here to register for your Accuplacer Exam

Note: For remote options, a fee of $10.00 must be paid before a remote testing voucher is created. Please allow a 1-2 business day response time to fulfill your request. (NOTE: The institution where you decide to test will require an additional proctor fee.)

Who typically needs to test?

To complete your admission process at Georgia Southern University some students will be required to take the ACCUPLACER exam, you must be classified as a non-traditional student; unless you are enrolling at the Georgia Southern University – Liberty Campus.  A non-traditional student or non-traditional transfer, has been out of high school at least 5 years; holds a high school diploma or GED; and has earned fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours.

Traditional students have been out of high school less than five years and are admitted based on SAT and/or ACT scores only on the Statesboro & Savannah Campus; unless you are enrolling at the Georgia Southern University – Liberty Campus which will allow you to be admitted using ACCUPLACER scores regardless of your classification.

The University System of Georgia has placement policies for all students entering the system regardless of classification for placement into English and Math.  Typically STEM, business majors, or majors that require College Algebra for their minimum Math requirement,  so some students who were accepted into Georgia Southern University based on their ACT/SAT scores, may be required to take the ACCUPLACER for placement into College Algebra. Click on the tab below for STEM Placement Policy.

Tested at Another Institution

  • If you took the ACCUPLACER exam at another University System of Georgia (USG) institution, the Office of Testing Services can pull those test scores with your permission. Contact the Office of Testing Services to request the scores.
  • Scores can be sent directly from ACCUPLACER, by submitting a request to have your scores to Georgia Southern University. To request your scores, click here and following the directions on the ACCUPLACER website.
  • If you took the exam at a non-USG institution, you can request your test scores be sent to Georgia Southern University by e-mail or fax from the previous institution.  
  • Scores cannot be accepted from students unless the scores are in a sealed and signed envelope.   
  • The score will be evaluated to determine if the applicant will need to take any portion of the exam again. All scores are valid for one year.  If your test scores are older than a year, you must take the exam again.

Reasons for Testing

Mature Provisional Student with less than 30 college credit hours and without credit for ENGL 1101 or Area A Math (MATH 1001/1101/1111 or higher)Must take ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics exam and abide by placement results
Mature Provisional Student with less than 30 college credit hours and without credit for ENGL 1101Must take Next-Generation Reading and WritePlacer ACCUPLACER and abide by placement results
Mature Provisional Student with less than 30 college credit hours and without credit for MATH 1001/1101/1111Must take ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics exam and abide by placement results
SAT-Critical Reading below 430 (prior to March 2016) or Evidence-Based Reading & Writing below 480 (for admissions Spring 2020 forward) or ACT-English or Reading below 17Must take Next-Generation Reading and WritePlacer ACCUPLACER and abide by placement results
SAT-Math below 400 (prior to March 2016) or SAT-Math below 440 (for admission starting Spring 2020 forward) or ACT-Math below 17Must take ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics exam and abide by placement results
Does not meet USG’s Required High School Curriculum requirements in MathMust take ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics exam and abide by placement results

Last updated: 12/3/2021