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How do I know if I have to take a placement test?

     Those required to complete the ACCUPLACER Assessment:


When can I take the placement (Accuplacer) test?

Accuplacer is offered every week at the Clarksville campus and on most Fridays at the Ft. Campbell campus.  To see times and dates that are still available please go to the registration page at www.registerblast.com/apsu/Exam/List . An appointment is required for testing.


Can I use placement test scores I took at another college or university?

Absolutely.  However, the policy is that the scores be from an Accuplacer, COMPASS, SAT or ACT exam taken within the last 5 years.  Those are the only exam scores that APSU will accept and they must be within the 5 year time frame.  You will need to request your other school/testing site send an official copy to the Testing Center.  Scores submitted directly from the student will not be accepted.  Institutions may mail scores to PO Box 4755, Clarksville, TN  37044 or email them to testingcenter@apsu.edu .


How do I study/prepare for the placement (Accuplacer) test?

The Accuplacer website has a free study app.  The sections currently given on Austin Peay's Accuplacer test are the Classic Version of Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills and Elementary Algebra. 


How do I schedule to take a placement test?

The Testing Center does require an appointment for testing.  You must register online here to make an appointment.


Do I have to pay anything to take the placement test?

There is no charge to take the Accuplacer exam the first time if you have an application submitted to Austin Peay.  If you are retesting or "challenging" a score, there is a $10 fee.  If you are not an APSU applicant there is a $20 fee for testing.


Can I use a calculator on the placement test?

Calculators are not permitted on the test.  The Elementary Algebra portion, has a built in calculator that is available only for some questions.  The calculator option only appears if the question cannot be solved without a calculator.


What do I need to bring with me on test day?

You must bring a valid, government issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, military ID) on test day. If you do not have any of these please call the testing center and we will provide you with a form that will need to be notarized before testing.  Scratch paper and pencil will be provided to you.  Please do not bring watches with alarms, food or drink, guests (including children), or any distracting objects.


How long is the test?

The Accuplacer test is untimed.  You may take as long as you need.  On average you can expect to spend about 30 minutes on each section.  There are approximately 20 questions for Reading Comprehension, 20 questions for Sentence Skills and 12 questions for Elementary Algebra.


What scores do I need to pass?

The Accuplacer test is not graded on a pass/fail range.  However, there is a minimum score required in each section for admission processing.  Even a perfect score does not ensure admission to the university.  This test is only to determine your academic level in reading, writing and math.


How soon will I get my test results?

Your score will be displayed immediately when you finish the exam.  Our office will explain your scores to you and will enter them into the system for the Admission Office to process.


I don't live nearby.  Can I test at another location?

You may request that a remote location be found for you by submitting the online request.  If you know where you would like to the take the test, please include that in your request.  If the testing site is listed in our database, we will issue a voucher number and your scores will automatically be sent to us when you finish the test.  You will be responsible for paying any fees charged by the administering institution.  To submit the request online please click here.


Do you test on the weekend?

We are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.  Our office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. 


What testing services do you offer?

 The Testing Center offers Accuplacer, CLEP, Miller Analogies Test, ACT Residual (for APSU applicants only), DSST (DANTES), and exam proctoring for other schools.  If you are an APSU student and you need an APSU course exam proctored, you must go through the Distance Education department website


 What are the fees for testing?

Testing fees vary depending on the test.  Below is a list of prices.  With the exception of DSST and proctored exams, these payments are made online at the time of registration.

CLEP - $85 ($87 beginning July 1, 2018) to the CLEP website and $20 proctoring fee to APSU.

MAT (Miller Analogies Test) - $70 fee to APSU.

ACT Residual - $50 fee to APSU.

DSST (DANTES) - $15 fee to APSU.

Accuplacer - free the first time for APSU applicants, $10 fee to APSU for retesting or challenging, and $20 fee to APSU for non-APSU applicants.

Other school proctored exams - $10/hr. fee to APSU.


What do I bring with me on my testing day?

All tests require a valid government issued photo ID.

CLEP requires an admission ticket that is to be printed off from the College Board website at the time of registration. 

MAT requires a secondary ID.  This ID does not have to have a photo.  It may be a credit card, social security card, etc.  The name on the secondary ID must match the name on the photo ID.

Other school proctored exams - Varies.  Please check with your institution prior to test day. 

You must bring any required identification, fees (if applicable), allowed testing supplies depending on the test you are taking.  Calculators are not allowed on the MAT, Accuplacer, CLEP or DSST exams.  Our center will provide scratch paper and pencils.  Please do not bring watches with alarms, food or drink, guests (including children), or any distracting objects.


What are the Testing Center's hours?

The Testing Center is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.


How do I schedule my test?

To schedule an Accuplacer, CLEP, MAT or ACT Residual exam please register online.  For all other exams please call our office at 931-221-6269 or email testingcenter@apsu.edu .


How long are the tests?

CLEP & DSST (DANTES) tests are generally 1 hour and 30 minutes, unless the test has an accompanying essay.

 MAT tests are 1 hour.

Accuplacer tests are un-timed but approximately run about 30 minutes per section (3 sections). 

The ACT Residual is 4 hours long.


Are there study materials?

The Accuplacer website has a free study app.  The sections currently given on Austin Peay's Accuplacer test are the Classic Version of Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills and Elementary Algebra.  There is also an exam preparation program called KEEP (Keys to Entrance Exam Preparation).  The KEEP program is currently offered on the Ft. Campbell campus.  For more information please visit their website.

The CLEP website has study materials available online as well as books that can be purchased.

The MAT website offers study materials and practice exams.

For the ACT Residual we recommend using the Tennessee Electronic Library website and the ACT website.

The DSST website offers study materials and practice exams.


How do I get a copy of my scores?

CLEP, MAT and DSST scores are available only through their websites.  You will receive an unofficial score report the day of testing, but all official scores are sent to the recipient institution directly from the testing company.  The Testing Center does not provide official score reports.

For the ACT Residual, you will receive your scores by mail 2-3 days after testing.  The ACT Residual is not a valid exam for any other school except Austin Peay State University.  We do not send the scores to anyone except the student or APSU personnel.

You may request your official scores from the Accuplacer exam in writing by filling out the Score Request Form and sending it to the Testing Center via fax (931-221-1032), email (testingcenter@apsu.edu), mail (PO Box 4755, Clarksville, TN 37044) or in person (Ellington Building, room 207).  We must have a physical signature to release your records so this form cannot be submitted online. 

What scores do I need to pass?

CLEP - APSU requires the recommended ACE score of 50. Other schools may have different requirements.

MAT - Check with your major's department as required scores vary by degree program.

ACT Residual - This information is found on the Admissions department webpage.

DSST (DANTES) - APSU requires the recommended ACE score of 400. Other schools may have different requirements.