Academic Success Center
Division of Academic Affairs

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.  We want to make sure your experience at Georgia Southern is a pleasant one.

To be admitted to Georgia Southern University using 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 changed the placement policies for all students entering the system regardless of classification for placement into English and Math.  Some students, typically STEM or Business majors,  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.

If you took the ACCUPLACER exam at another University System of Georgia 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.   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 MATH 1111 Must take Elementary Algebra, Reading and Writing ACCUPLACER and abide by placement results
Mature Provisional Student with less than 30 college credit hours and without credit for ENGL 1101 Must take Reading and Writing ACCUPLACER and abide by placement results
Mature Provisional Student with less than 30 college credit hours and without credit for MATH 1111 Must take Elementary Algebra ACCUPLACER and abide by placement results
SAT-Critical Reading below 430 (prior to March 2016) or 24 (after March 2016) or ACT-English below 17 Must take Reading and Writing ACCUPLACER and abide by placement results
SAT-Math below 400 (prior to March 2016) or 22 (after March 2016) or ACT-Math below 17 Must take Elementary Algebra ACCUPLACER and abide by placement results
Does not meet USG’s Required High School Curriculum requirements in Math Must take Elementary Algebra ACCUPLACER and abide by placement results

STEM Placement

Majors which require College Algebra (MATH 1111) as the minimum math, may be required to enroll in a co-requite learning support class.  Students who do not meet one of the criteria listed below can take the ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra to test out of the learning support class (MATH 0999) for MATH 1111.

  • Transferable Credit for Area A Mathematics course or
  • MPI>= 1265 or
  • HSPGA>= 3.4 or
  • ACT Mathematics>= 20 or
  • SATnew Math Test> = 25.5 or
  • SATold Mathematics>= 470 or
  • Accuplacer Elementary Algebra>= 79 or
  • Accuplacer Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics: 266

Scheduling

Cost: $10
Georgia Southern Student Remote: $10
Non-Georgia Southern Student Remote Testing: $25

Testing Appointment Options:
On-Campus Testing: Schedule By Appointment Only Monday through Friday, based on availability or through Group Appointments
Remote Campus Testing: Testing at another campus testing center
Remote Virtual Testing: Testing is offered through Examity (available 24/7)
All options must still be scheduled through the Georgia Southern Office of Testing Services.

It is recommended examinees must schedule their appointment at least two weeks prior to their desired test date and at least one week prior to orientation to allow for retest opportunities.

Schedule Your Exam:

To schedule your appointment, please contact the offices based on your testing location:

If enrolling on the Savannah or Liberty Campus, contact the Office of Testing Services – Savannah Campus, at 912-344-2582 or e-mail testingsav@georgiasouthern.edu.

If enrolling on the Statesboro Campus, contact the Academic Success Center at 912-478-5371 or email testing@georgiasouthern.edu.

Payment by Credit Card or Web Check: 

Statesboro Campus: Payment for the exam can be received through a credit card, debit card, or web check at the Office of Testing Services Marketplace.  You must pay prior to testing.  If you have any questions concerning paying online, please contact the office at 912-478-5415 (Statesboro Campus).

Savannah/Liberty Campus: Payment for the exam can be received through a credit card, debit card, or web check at the Office of Testing Services Marketplace.  You must pay prior to testing.  If you have any questions concerning paying online, please contact the office at 912-478-5415 (Savannah/Liberty Campus).

 Test Components

The University System of Georgia requires the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics; Reading; and WritePlacer exams to be administered to complete a students admission into the system.

Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) consist of 20 questions to assesses 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 assesses 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

 Important Exam Information

  • Check-in will begin approximately 15 minutes before the test time – please don’t be late.
  • Students must bring to the test a valid photo ID
  • Calculators are NOT allowed in the testing lab, there is a calculator built into the test for you to use.
  • This test is computerized and consist of three components: Reading; Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics; and Writing.
  • Only the writing component (WritePlacer) is timed. That portion of the exam is 60 minutes.

 Preparation

ACCUPLACER Preparation
Before you come to take the ACCUPLACER exam, you may want to brush up on some of your skills.   It is very important that you take this test seriously and come prepared to do your best.  Even though the SAT or ACT can be taken several times, the ACCUPLACER exam can be taken only twice per semester.  Your scores on this exam will determine whether or not you place into our Learning Support program.

Use this link to learn more about the ACCUPLACER from the official College Board, Inc ACCUPLACER website for test preparation materials. The sections administered for admission include Next Generation (NG) Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, & Statistics; Next Generation Reading; and WritePlacer.  ACCUPLACER has an app you can download to access tests and guides; printable study guides; and more detailed information on the three exams you may take.

ACCUPLACER Official Study Guides

ACCUPLACER Study App

Assessment Basics & ACCUPLACER Related Sites: (Remember to select Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS).)

Mometrix Academy ACCUPLACER page
Test Preview – ACCUPLACER page
Union Test Prep

Algebra Review & Exercises (Remember to select Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS).)

Class Zones
Cool Math
WebMath
AAA Math
Purple Math
Math.Com
Mometric Academy

Grammar

Grammar Bytes
Major Tests (Use Critical Reading & Writing for the SAT)
English Grammar Guide
Grammar Book

Writing Exercise & Reading

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Georgia Southern ACCUPLACER Retest Policy

All students are allowed to take an ACCUPLACER retest twice per semester.  The Coordinator of Testing Services may request a retest be given to a student if an unfair testing situation occurred (such as computer problems or student became ill while taking the test).

Picture Identification Required for ALL Tests
Please make sure you bring an acceptable ID

Acceptable IDs are a valid state driver’s license, student ID, or passport.
(Not accepted: check cashing cards, picture credit cards, club cards with pictures, etc.)

For additional information, please contact:

Office of Testing Services- Statesboro
Cone Hall Room 2004 | PO Box 8132
2254 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30460-8132
912.478.5415 (phone)
912.478.5988 (fax)
e-mail: testing@georgiasouthern.edu
 Office of Testing Services - Savannah (Armstrong Campus)
Memorial College Center, Room 206
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
912.344.2582 (phone)
912.344.3068 (fax)
e-mail: testingsav@georgiasouthern.edu

Last updated: 7/3/2019

Academic Success Center • (912) 478-5371 • asc@georgiasouthern.edu