North Central State Online administers the Accuplacer to determine college readiness. The assessment may be waived with equivalent ACT, SAT, or Compass scores or transfer credits. If you are unsure if you need testing, please contact your Student Success Champion at 419-755-4765 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that in order to begin a fully online degree or certificate, you must have the test scores to be considered a college ready student. Preparation for the Accuplacer is crucial.
Placement Testing Options
All new students are evaluated in three areas: Reading, Writing and Math. This assessment must be completed before the student enrolls in any college classes. One placement test is offered free of charge, each additional retest is $25.00. Please call the Student Success Center at 419-755-4536 for any questions and to schedule your test. Below are your testing options:
Option One: Take Your Placement Test at our Main Campus
Students are welcome to come directly to our main campus to take their placement test.
Option Two: Take Your Placement Test at an Approved College Near You
To find out if a testing center near you offers this, please contact Testing Services so we can find the most convenient option for you. *Depending on the college, a proctoring fee may apply.
Option Three: Take Your Placement Test Online through Examity
Students have the option to take their placement test online through a virtual proctoring site, Examity. This option requires the student to create an account through Examity, have access to a microphone, speakers, webcam, meet minimum technical requirements and have a quiet space to test. Please see items below for a full, detailed list of requirements and steps. Chromebooks are not allowed to be used.
To check technical requirements and guidelines for testing click here.
For a Quick Start User Guide click here.
Placement Test Study Resources
Save time and money by preparing ahead of time for the Accuplacer placement exam. This will give you a much better chance to score college-ready as well as save on the cost to retest.
The following online preparation links provide an in-depth review of information to help you prepare for your exam:
*Be sure to scroll to the very bottom of the page to access the sample questions
Accuplacer Web-Based Study App (Features live tests) *Preferred
*Create a free account and make sure to Change the Test Version to “Next Generation Practice Tests”
Mometrix Accuplacer Study Guide Videos (YouTube)
*Be sure to study the Next Generation practice material
Computer Literacy Assessment and Resources
You may be required to complete a Computer Literacy assessment for admittance. This assessment is online and will take about 45-60 minutes to complete. The first assessment is provided free of charge, each additional retest is $15.00.
Your skills will be tested in: internet, email, word processor, and general computer operating processes.
To practice Click here to access the free online tutorials through Learning Express Library and follow the steps below:
- Hover over “Plan It” and click “Assessments and Training”
- Click “Get Started” next to “Computer Skills” and then click continue
If you have a documented disability and qualify for accommodations, you will need to contact the Office of Specialized Support Services to make arrangements. Please contact the Coordinator of Specialized Support Services if you have any questions at 419-755-4727 or email@example.com.
No one passes or fails Accuplacer tests, but there are certain scores you must have in order to start our fully online program. Here are the scoring guidelines:
- Accuplacer Next Gen Reading: 250+
- Accuplacer Next Gen WritePlacer: 5+
- Accuplacer Next Gen Advanced Algebra: 250+ (if major requires Algebra)
- Accuplacer Next Gen Quantitative Reasoning: 263+ (if major requires Statistics)
For the Computer Literacy assessment, students must earn an 85% or higher in the Computer Skills section and 24wpm or higher in the Keyboarding section.
Students’ are given the option to retest up to one additional time. The retest fee is $25 for the Accuplacer Placement exam and $15 for the Computer Literacy assessment. Retest fees need to be paid to the Cashier’s Office in advanced of testing.
The Reading and Math sections of the Accuplacer are untimed. The WritePlacer portion is timed for one hour, there is one essay. If you require extended test time, please contact our office of Specialized Support Services at 419-755-4727 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you plan to take the Accuplacer through Examity, you will need to contact them directly for assistance if additional time is needed: email@example.com
The Computer Literacy assessment is timed for 45 minutes.
If you are planning to take your placement test or Computer Literacy test on-campus, please call the Student Success Center at 419-755-4536 to schedule an appointments.
If you are planning to take your placement test at another college or through Examity and/or you are planning to take your Computer Literacy assessment online, please contact Testing Services to get started.
Yes. Please refer to the Placement Test Study Resources section of this page.
No. However, Accuplacer has a built in calculator for you to use any time the calculator icon appears on each question. Accuplacer only provides the calculator on questions that it feels necessary. NO calculators of any kind are permitted on the test (physical calculators, electronic devices, or the computer built in calculator)
Retest fees for either the Accuplacer placement exam or the Computer Literacy exam can be made over the phone to our Cashier’s Office by credit/debit card. The number for the Cashier’s Office is 419-755-4722.