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ACCUPLACER: Non-Traditional Students

Adult/Non-Traditional Students; Presidential Exceptions

As an incoming adult student, non-traditional, or presidential exception you are required to take the ACCUPLACER to complete your enrollment process. With your LE or LM hold, you cannot register for classes until you have taken the ACCUPLACER to determine your placement into English or math.

Recommended: Test at least two weeks prior to attending your SOAR (orientation) session to allow the scores to be processed. You cannot register for classes without taking the exam per USG policy.

Why do I need to take the exam to register for classes?

The University System of Georgia policy requires a non-traditional or non-traditional transfer student, who 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 to take the ACCUPLACER to determine placement into English and math.

Or, if you are a traditional student who has 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. However, Admissions may admit you as a presidential exception which will require you to take the ACCUPLACER to determine your placement into English and/or math. Georgia Southern University – Liberty Campus can admit students using ACCUPLACER scores regardless of your classification.

Which tests will I need?

The Admissions Office will determine which components of the exam are needed and can be reviewed on your Admission status page. If you are transferring ENGL 1101 with a C or better, you may only need to take the math portion of the ACCUPLACER. If you are transferring MATH 1001, 1101, or 1111 with a C or better you may only need the English portion of the exam. If you are not transferring any course from another college, you will be required to take all three parts of the ACCUPLACER. For Presidential Exceptions, it may depend on your SAT/ACT scores and if they meet the state minimum requirements.

Remember: You must test prior to attending SOAR or registering for classes!

Testing 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. Click here for additional test preparation information. Be Prepared by reviewing for the exam prior to testing. This will allow you to understand the format of the exam and review the required math concepts.

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

How do I prepare?

Be Prepared. Be Ready. Use the free test preparation materials provided through ACCUPLACER. Use this link to find additional resources provided by the Testing Office.

Scheduling Your Exam

Cost: $10
Georgia Southern Student On-Campus: $10
Georgia Southern Student Remote: $10 + testing site fees
Non-Georgia Southern Student: $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 (Pay the $10 registration fee and all fees associated with proctoring)
Remote Virtual Testing: Testing is offered through Examity or Proctortrack (available 24/7) (Pay the $10 registration fee and all fees associated with proctoring)
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. Only two attempts are allowed per semester.

Schedule Your Exam:

To schedule your appointment or to receive a remote voucher, please contact the offices based on your campus location:

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

If enrolling on the Statesboro Campus or Fully Online, contact the Office of Testing Services- Statesboro Campus at 912-478-5415 or email

Payment by Credit Card or Web Check: 

Payment for the exam can be received through a credit card, debit card, or web check at the Office of Testing Services Marketplace. Click on the Accuplacer Icon and select the correct campus location for testing. Then select the exam option. You must pay prior to testing.  If you have any questions concerning paying online, please contact the office at (Statesboro Campus) or (Savannah/Liberty Campus).


Testers can retest if needed in only the section that is required based on their scores. Testers must wait for at least 7-days prior to retesting. There are only two attempts per semester allowed. Plan accordingly.

Last updated: 6/9/2022