Placement Testing

What is placement testing?

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. 

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What should I bring to placement testing?

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.

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What is ACCUPLACER?

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: 

ACCUPLACER ONLINE STUDENT TESTING GUIDE

ACCUPLACER SAMPLE QUESTIONS

ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App 

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What should I expect from the English 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.

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What should I expect from the Math 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. 

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Who is exempt from taking the placement exam?

English Exam Exemption

  • New students who receive an average score of 550 or above on the written and verbal portions of the SAT on the old SAT Critical Reading exam (prior to March 2016)
  • New students who receive an average score of 580 or above on the on the new SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing exam (March 2016 to present)
  • New students who receive  above 26 on the ACT 
  • New students accepted into the Honors College will be automatically placed in an honors level English Composition Course
  • New students who score a "4" or "5" on the AP English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition  

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

  • A score of "4" or "5" on the AP/AB series (Calculus I) or AP/BC series (Calculus II)

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.

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How do I apply for accomodations or services?

Rutgers University welcomes students with disabilities into all of the University's educational programs. To begin the accommodation process, please complete the Registration form on the ODS web site at: https://ods.rutgers.edu/students/registration-form or call the Office of Disability Services at (973)353-5375. 

If you have a temporary injury or medical condition that will require accommodations for Orientation, Registration, and/or Placement Testing, please contact Disability Services (973)353-5375 or visit https://temporaryconditions.rutgers.edu/.

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