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The ACCUPLACER Placement Tests assess students skill levels in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, and mathematics. ACCUPLACER tests help identify your knowledge, strengths, and needs in math, reading, and writing. Along with information about your background, goals, and interests, your ACCUPLACER results help you choose courses that match your skill level and give you the best opportunity for success.  

The need for placement testing is based on ACT and SAT scores. If the student has an individual score of 19 or above in the areas of Reading, Writing, Math, and Science, students do not need to take the ACCUPLACER placement exams. If the ACT scores are below 19, only placement exams are needed in the area that has a score below 19. If the SAT is below 510 in math or below 510 in reading and writing, placement will be required  in the areas that score below those minimum requirements.

All ACCUPLACER exams use a mutlitple choice format, except for Writeplacer. There is no time limit, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your ability and work at a pace that is comfortable for you. Writeplace uses artificial inteligence to grade a short essay you develop from a topic that is given you.

ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology and the questions you see are based on your skill level. Your response drives the difficulty level of the next question so it is very important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.

  • The number of questions differ from test to test. You may see as few as 12 but as many as 40.
  • No one passes or fails the ACCUPLACER test. However, it is very important to complete the test using your best effort so you and Western can have an accurate measure of your academic skills.

Course placement is based on the following cut scores for Western:

WritePlacer 5+ ENGL 1113 English Composition I
  0-4 ENGL 0123 English Fundamentals/Integrated Review
Reading 246 or higher No developmental reading required
  0-245 READ 0113 Reading Fundamentals
Math QRAS 276 & AAF 263 No developmental math required
  QRAS 250-275 Integrated Review
  QRAS 0-249 Math Fundamentals
  QRAS Quantitative Reasoning Algebra and Statistics


Advanced Algebra and Functions
ESL Writing 83 or higher Accuplacer Writing Test
  51-82 ESL Writing 2
  0-50 ESL Writing 1
ESL Reading 83 or higher Accuplacer Reading Test
  51-82 ESL Reading 2
  0-50 ESL Reading 1

PLACEMENT RE-TEST POLICY (effective May 12, 2017):

Students testing to determine course placement (before the semester begins) may test as many times as they choose.

  • There will be a $15 retest fee per subject.
  • Students are limited to two (2) retests per subject (Math, Reading, and Writing) per semester once the semester begins and you are enrolled in the developmental class.
  • The 2 retests include transferred in scores. The highest placement score earned will be honored.
  • After taking both retests, the student may not test at another institution and request those scores be transferred to Western.
  • There will be a retest fee per subject.
  • Students will check in at the Testing and Assessment Center to begin the process. Students will be required to pay the Business Office and bring proof of payment (receipt), along with a photo ID, to the Testing and Assessment Center.
  • Faculty may grant student permission for an additional retest at any time in a subject he/she teaches.



There is no charge for the first initial placement test. However, each re-test will be $15.


The ACCUPLACER exams are given on a walk-in basis. No registration or appointment is needed.


  • See the home page of "Student Assessment" for current operating hours.
  • The Testing Lab is NOT open at night or on the weekends.
  • Testing for the entire battery is estimated to take approximately 2 hours. Please arrive in time to allow yourself enough time to complete testing before the Testing Center closes.


  • A valid photo ID must be presented prior to testing.
  • All cell phones, watches, and electronic devices must be turned completely OFF and stored in locked lockers while in the Testing Lab.
  • There is a built in calculator for the math test. However, a basic 4 function calculator, scratch paper, and pencil will be provided. Scratch paper must be turned in to receive scores.
  • All caps, hats, and hoodies must be removed.
  • No electronic devices are allowed in the Testing Lab.



Sample questions for the exams are located on the ACCUPLACER website. The questions will illustrate the same types of questions on the placement tests. There are also some test taking tips and strategies available.

The sample questions may be located by clicking on the following link:

WritePlacer sample questions may be located by clicking on the following linkL