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What is Accuplacer?

Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math 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?

The College Board recommends that a student who does not achieve a placement score on the initial test be given a chance to retest in two weeks (14 days) from their initial test date. Retesting is only appropriate when there is reason to believe that a score obtained from the previous testing does not accurately reflect the examinee’s true level of knowledge or skill.

Examinees may attempt a retest every 14 days.

Only 6 attempts are allowed every year.

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 McNeese 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 test at an approved Accuplacer testing center, check with your admissions counselor to ensure you are taking the correct tests. The test for placement into college-level English is called the Next-Generation Writing test. The test for placement into college-level Mathematics is called the Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics test. You must send your official scores through the Accuplacer system for McNeese to accept them.

To request an Accuplacer Remote Testing session, visit the Schedule an Exam page and complete the Accuplacer Off-Campus Testing registration. You will receive an email the business day before your appointment with your remote testing code and any special instructions. This test is administered in your home with Zoom. Your computer must meet minimum system requirements, have the latest Zoom Client for Meetings installed, 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 and send your Accuplacer scores on the Accuplacer Student Portal website.