ACCUPLACER Placement/Entry Testing
Are you planning to attend Vincennes University? If so, you'll need to take the entry/placement test. The test is required of all entering students. Most students take their placement test during START VU when they come to campus to register for classes. However, you can take the test early and save time on that day.
What is the Accuplacer test?
The Accuplacer placement test is written by College Board, the same company that writes the SAT. It is designed to properly match the students skills and abilities to their initial General Education basic skills classes. The test consists of three general areas:
- Reading Comprehension - 20 questions
- Sentence Skills - 20 questions
- Elementary Algebra - 12 questions
- Depending upon your score in Elementary Algebra, you may also take a math subtest.
Do not bring a calculator. If you are allowed to use a calculator on any given math problem, an "on-screen" calculator will be provided to you. If the calculator icon is visible, you may click it and the on-screen calculator will appear. If the icon is not visible, you may NOT use any other type of calculator; handheld, cellphone, Windows, other websites, etc. The "on-screen" calculator is the only one permitted for use.
The Accuplacer test is untimed, however, most students will finish the test in 60 to 90 minutes. When you are finished, you will receive a score report indicating which reading, English, and math courses you qualify to enroll in when you start at Vincennes University. Do your best... the results DO matter.
When to take the Accuplacer test
Enrolling for summer or fall semesters: January 15 - June 10
Enrolling for spring semester: September 15 - December 15
After the deadline, you will be asked to take the test during START VU.
Where to take the Accuplacer test
Shake Learning Resources Center Room 130
Preparing for the Accuplacer test
There are Accuplacer study tools and several other free test preparation websites available for use as listed on the Assessment Practice Sites page.
Your Student ID
You should not test until you have submitted an application to Vincennes University and receive your student ID number; your "A" number. If you take your test before you are "applied/accepted" we will have no student record where we can post your test scores. After you submit your application, you should wait approximately 10 days before taking your Accuplacer placement test. When you have your "A" number, you can make arrangements to take your test.
You will receive a letter from the Management Information Center containing your VU student ID number ("A" number) and your VU email address. Once your receive your "A" number, you can take your Accuplacer placement test. You cannot test unless you have your A number. You will use your "A" number as your ID number for the Accuplacer test.
If you need to retrieve their "A" number, they can visit email@example.com and send an email requesting their number. Allow 3-4 hours for a telephone response from the help desk.
Placement and Entry Testing Policy
The Assessment Center offers the Accuplacer placement test to any individual enrolling at Vincennes University, or contemplating enrollment at VU. Regarding placement testing, the following guidelines should be considered and observed:
- All persons must present a photo ID to test.
- The prospective student should first fill out an application to the University. This provides a "home" for the test scores and minimizes the possibility of scores not being posted to the student record and available to advisors for course registration. Please know your "A" number/student ID when you take the test.
- The test is required of all entering students as an entry test, whether needed for placement or not.
Effective January 1, 2015, students will automatically be permitted to take up to TWO test sessions on the Accuplacer, regardless of source, in the calendar year prior to starting classes at VU. This applies whether the student is taking the Accuplacer for demonstrating college readiness or for class placement purposes. Test sessions can be completed at any approved site, including any VU campus, subject to the following conditions:
1. Retests cannot be taken within 30 days of the last Accuplacer test date.
2. Test-takers may retest on all or part of the Accuplacer. The three choices for retesting are the Full Test, Math only, or Verbal only; however, if a Math only or Verbal only test is taken that partial test counts as the retest.
3. A second retest (or third test session) may be permitted under the following conditions:
The test-taker has completed an approved remediation activity, such as MyFoundationsLab, Summer Bridge, or Students With a Goal (SWAG).
a. The retest cannot be taken within 30 days of the last Accuplacer test date.
b. The test-taker can show that at least one of the previous two Accuplacer tests were taken without appropriate accommodations.
4. Test-takers with documented disabilities who choose to request accommodations for testing, including testing at approved off-campus testing sites, should follow these steps in setting an appointment:
a. Register for Disability Services before scheduling an appointment for testing. Once reasonable and appropriate accommodations have been identified, all accommodations are verified to Assessment Center staff.
b. Once registered in Disability Services, testers with disabilities must contact the Assessment Center to schedule a separate appointment for testing with accommodations, EVEN IF TESTING DURING A START VU DAY.
. Tests taken at an approved off-campus testing site still require contact with the Assessment Center staff so staff can assist in arranging accommodations at the remote testing site.
Retests must be completed and scores received by VU prior to the start of classes. No retests for placement will be given after classes start and student is in the learning track.