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All newly admitted students will take Rutgers-Newark placement exam, prior to registering for their first semester. The placement exams is designed to provide information about students' individual skills in English and mathematics. The computer-based ACCUPLACER placement exam results will be used to assign students in the courses appropriate to their level of preparation. In some cases, their appropriate level may be a developmental course or courses.
Students accepted to the Newark College of Arts and Sciences will choose their testing and registration dates using Enrollment Pathway (admissions.rutgers.edu/pathway). If you are an out-of-state student, please view the Remote Testing page.
On your placement test date, you must bring a valid form of Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or high school ID) in order to take the placement exams. Students without proper identification will not be checked-in for attendance. No outside claclulators permitted.
ACCUPLACER is a self-paced, computerized exam. Students should allow approximately four hours to completed the entire ACCUPLACER placement exam, which includes both the Math and English exams. (For more information regarding both Math and English, please see the Math and English Placement Exam Presentation.) If a student is taking only the English or only the Math, the testing time will be less than four hours.
Please view the following resources for more information about the Accuplacer exam:
There are three parts to the English placement exam: sentence sense, reading comprehension, and an essay. Students’ writing will be evaluated on the understanding of the text, response to the question, and mastery of grammar and syntax. You will have 2 ½ hours to complete the English portion of the exam.
Mathematics concepts will range from basic computation to fractions, decimals, linear equations, quadratic expressions, algebraic expressions, algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, pre-calculus, and calculus. You will have 1 ½ hours to complete the mathematics portion of the exam.
English Exam Exemption
NOTE: If Rutgers-Newark has not received your AP placement scores by your scheduled placement test date, you MUST still complete the English placement exam. However, if you submit the score of “4” or “5” after your placement test date, it will override the score of your Accuplacer placement test.
Mathematics Exam Exemptions
NOTE: If Rutgers-Newark has not received your AP placement scores by your scheduled placement test date, you MUST still complete the Math placement exam. However, if you submit the score of “4” or “5” after your placement test date, it will override the score of your Accuplacer placement test.