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What is Accuplacer?

Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, and ACT and SAT scores are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level. 

How can I prepare for Accuplacer?

You can prepare for ACCUPLACER by taking advantage of the study tools and resources offered such as the sample test questions and free study app available on the Accuplacer website. These resources can help you identify the academic areas where you may need a little help and how to improve. 

Can I retake the Accuplacer?

Typically, retesting is appropriate in two situations: (1) when factors other than the examinee’s ability are believed to have influenced the previous testing and (2) when the scores obtained from earlier testing are no longer believed to reflect the student’s current ability. 

Retesting guidelines:

  1. Under no circumstances should a retest be given on the same day as the original test.
  2. An examinee must wait 30 days between testing sessions.

Where can I take the Accuplacer if I live outside Lake Charles?

Students not able to test in the McNeese Testing Center may test in an approved Accuplacer testing center or with a virtual online proctor. Not all testing centers are approved to offer the Accuplacer test. Search for the nearest approved site on the Accuplacer Student Portal website.

To request an Accuplacer Remote Testing Voucher, visit the Schedule an Exam page and complete the Accuplacer Voucher Request. You will receive an email the next business day with your remote testing code and any special instructions. Scores generated at another institution will not be accepted without completing the remote testing request process.

Students are responsible for any remote site testing fees.

You can also test in your home by using a virtual remote proctor. To use the Virtual Remote Proctoring your computer must meet minimum system requirements and be equipped with a webcam and microphone.

Can I use a Calculator to take the Accuplacer?

Students are not allowed to use a personal calculator on the ACCUPLACER at McNeese State University. An onscreen calculator is provided for select items.

What scores do I need on the Accuplacer?

Writing – 250 or above for placement into English Composition I

Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics – 263 or above for placement into College Algebra

How can I get a copy of my Accuplacer scores?

You can view your Accuplacer scores on the Accuplacer Student Portal website. If you would like to request a copy of your Accuplaer scores from our office, you must complete the Score Release Form and return it with a copy of a valid photo ID. This Form and ID can be emailed to or delivered in person to the testing office.