COVID-19 Accuplacer Placement Testing Update

We understand that many people still need to take the Accuplacer exam in order to start as new students (if you are over 21), take College Credit Plus courses, or to test out of the Bridge Program.

In order to help protect our staff and prospective students from the coronavirus, we are currently only able to conduct Accuplacer exams online. Your exam will be given through Zoom and proctored by a Shawnee State Testing Proctor.

What You Need to Take the Placement Exam Online

To take the exam you must have access to a quiet room where you can be alone, a computer with a webcam and a microphone, and reliable internet access. If you do not have these items, unfortunately, you cannot take the Accuplacer exam remotely at this time. Contact the Testing Coordinator at for any questions or potential arrangements for on-campus testing. On-campus testing is limited and may not always be available.

Your exam will be given through an online service called Zoom. To learn more about how to use Zoom, visit their help center.

How to Register for Online Testing

You can register for the exam by going to: We have limited space each day, so please select a different day if your first choice is not available.

Remember to register using your Legal First and Last Name. This test is part of your official college record. If you do not test under the name you use to apply to the university, your test results cannot be used.

This is a free placement exam for students wanting to attend Shawnee State University through College Credit Plus or as an incoming college student. After you select a time, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to your zoom session. You will also receive an e-mail from the Testing Coordinator with instructions on how to access your online test.

Please double-check the following information when you provide it!

  • Your email
  • Your name
  • Your birth date
  • Your phone number

All information is submitted securely to the Testing Coordinator.

Register for Testing

After you register, you will be e-mailed a list of instructions for how to take your exam.

Have questions?

If you have any questions, please email the the Testing Coordinator at or call the Success Center at (740) 351-3594.

Purpose of Placement Testing

Placement testing helps to determine your academic readiness for college courses and what courses you may take at Shawnee State University.

Because much of your education path can rely on placement testing, we encourage you to do some preparation before you take the test. Consider taking a practice test to become familiar with the format and the type of questions you will be asked. Shawnee uses the Accuplacer Next Generation test as its placement testing tool. To take a practice Accuplacer test, go to: Practice and be Prepared for Accuplacer.

In addition, if you have been out of school for more than one year, it is suggested that you refresh your memory regarding mathematics concepts, especially algebra and geometry, before taking the placement test. Khan Academy is a good, free resource for this review.

Students who place academically underprepared for college-level coursework in two or more areas will be referred to the Bridge to Success program before they can be admitted to SSU.

Placement for Degree Seeking Students

Degree seeking students who are 20-years-old or under are required to have an ACT score and may not take a placement test. Students who are 21 or older may take a placement test. Students with scores that are more than three years old will be required to take a placement test before they can receive a course schedule to obtain a more accurate picture of their current knowledge.  To take the Accuplacer test, students may:

  • Drop into the Student Success Center on Tuesdays 8am-5pm and Thursdays 12pm-8pm to take a placement test.  No registration is needed for these days.
  • Register to take the placement test on the 1st Saturday of the month (excluding Saturdays that fall during holidays when the university is closed) by calling the Testing Coordinator at (740) 351-3110 or emailing

Students must bring a photo ID and know their social security number to take the Accuplacer test.  All tests must be started 2 hours before the ending of testing that day.

Placement for Non-degree Seeking Students

Students who are not pursuing a degree but wish to take classes at Shawnee, specifically College Credit Plus students, may take a placement test; however, Shawnee prefers that students have an ACT score if the student is 20 years of age or under.  College Credit Plus students must be college-ready in either math,  English, or reading to participate in the program.

To Appeal Math, Reading, or English Placement

Students who feel they have been misplaced based on their ACT sub-scores in math, reading, and/or English or their Accuplacer score in writing may appeal their placement by calling the Testing Coordinator at (740) 351-3110 or emailing

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