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The ACCUPLACER/WritePlacer is used as a placement test for first-year ASU English composition courses. Admitted ASU students who have not sent official ACT or SAT scores to ASU may need to take the WritePlacer section of the ACCUPLACER for placement into a first-year English composition course. Information regarding university testing requirements and first-year composition placement can be found in the ASU General Catalog. Students may not use the ACCUPLACER WritePlacer exam to achieve credit for first year English Composition courses.
NOTE: If you need to take an ACCUPLACER exam for admissions or placement at another institution (not ASU), please call our office 480-965-7146 to make the appropriate Proctoring Service arrangements because your institution may require a different exam(s) that exam that is within the Accuplacer test suite. Please note fees may vary depending on the exam(s) required and associated time.
The ACCUPLACER Website describes the test as follows: “This test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score will be based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic.” Additional information concerning the written essay may be found on the College Board ACCUPLACER Website. ASU uses ONLY the WritePlacer portion of the exam. You will be given 60 minutes to write an essay on an assigned topic. There will be no multiple choice portion of the exam.
Scores are available immediately after completion of the exam for you to see, however, your scores will normally take 3 - 5 business days to appear in My ASU (My Classes > Transcripts & Test Scores).
Scores for WritePlacer exams taken on or after May 13, 2009, the essay scores range from 0 to 8. Placement into an English composition course will be made on the following basis:
Registration fees are non-refundable.
Students will have 60 minutes to type an essay to a prompt. Students should allow about 90 minutes for the total appointment time to log in, check in and receive instructions prior to the exam and to take the test.
There are several options to take the Accuplacer exam. Make sure you select the correct option when you register.
To take your exam online via the temporary solution select ACCUPLACER ONLINE (temporary solution) when registering. This option requires that you have a webcam, speakers, and a microphone on your computer. Chromebooks, tablets or phones are not compatible. You must be in a quiet uninterrupted location, free from any resources that may help you on the exam. Requires a valid (unexpired) ID. Please review What to Expect and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional information and system requirements.
After registering prior to your appointment, you will receive an email with a testing voucher and instructions. The email with the voucher information will come from University Testing and Scanning Services with a firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Please check your junk/spam folder of the email address you used to register for the exam as it sometimes is directed to that inbox. The testing voucher you receive is valid for 90 days from the date it is sent to you. If you do not take your exam within 90 days, you will need to register and pay the exam registration fee again. You must pay your registration fee online to receiving information on how to make the arrangements to take your exam online. What to Expect and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
ACCUPLACER Online via Examity (Temporarily suspended)
To take your exam online select ACCUPLACER ONLINE when registering. This option requires that you have a webcam, speakers, and a microphone on your computer. Chromebooks, tablets or phones are not compatible. You must be in a quiet uninterrupted location, free from any resources that may help you on the exam. Within 2 - 5 business days after registering, you will receive an email with a testing voucher and instructions. The email with the voucher information will come from ACCUPLACER with a NoReply@accuplacer.info email address. Please check your junk/spam folder of the email address you used to register for the exam as it sometimes is directed to that inbox. The testing voucher you receive is only valid for 90 days from the date it is sent to you. If you do not take your exam within 90 days, you will be required to register and pay the exam registration fee again. You must pay your registration fee online prior to receiving information on how to make the arrangements to take your exam online. Note: Effective Monday, January 14, 2019 the Accuplacer Online exam fee is $55. Please visit What to Expect and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information regarding the ACCUPLACER ONLINE service.
(May be available if the testing center you want to use continues to offer testing services)
To take your exam at another college or university with an in person proctor select ACCUPLACER REMOTE when registering. Students who use this option must locate a proctor at an educational institution that is willing and able to administer the exam and is a member of the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC) (https://ncta.memberclicks.net/find-a-cctc-participant). Students are responsible for paying any proctoring fees associated with this option. ASU will not pay any fees for tests that are delivered remotely. When registering you will select By Appointment option and pay your fees. After registering, you will need to print the Proctor Security Agreement [PDF, 86 KB] for your proctor to complete. Institutions administering the ACCUPLACER exam must be members of the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC) (https://ncta.memberclicks.net/find-a-cctc-participant). The Proctor Security Agreement must be submitted to ASU PRIOR to any testing instructions being sent to the identified proctor and you will be notified when the testing arrangements have been approved. You MUST allow at least 2 – 5 business days for testing arrangements to be completed OR International students who have been admitted to ASU may take the ACCUPLACER exam in their home country. Students will need to locate a proctor/invigilator who can read and write in English. This proctor/invigilator should be a faculty or staff member in an educational institution and a member of the Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC) (https://ncta.memberclicks.net/find-a-cctc-participant). The exam name when registering for this option is ACCUPLACER REMOTE. After registering and paying your fees online, you will need complete and submit the International Proctor Agreement [DOC, 29 KB] to ASU PRIOR to testing instructions being released to your identified proctor. You will be notified when the testing arrangements have been approved. At that time, you will then need to make an appointment with the local test proctor and pay any test administration fees assessed by this proctor. Please allow at least 3 – 5 business days for these arrangements to be completed. You must schedule and take your exam within 30 days of registering for your exam. If you do not take your exam within 30 days you will be required to register and pay your fees again.
Registration fees are non-refundable.
Transfer of a test fee to another test date can be made under the following conditions:
Lot 55 - University Center [UCNTRB] parking fees are $2/hr or $10/day. Please pre-pay for your parking before coming to the Testing & Scanning Services Office. The parking machine, operated by Parking and Transit Services, accepts credit or debit cards. You can also pay by using the Park Mobile app. Cash is not accepted. Please remember your license plate number, as it will be required to make your payment. The Park Mobile parking zone is #60112. When considering your parking payment for your exam please consider your check in and check out time for the exam, as well as the length of the exam. When considering your parking payment for this exam please allow for 1.5 hours including check in and check out for the exam.