Those required to complete the ACCUPLACER Assessment:
- Prospective students 21 and older who are applying to Austin Peay who cannot provide ACT/SAT scores taken within five years of the first day of their first term of enrollment must complete the entire ACCUPLACER assessment before being admitted.
- International students without ACT/SAT scores must complete the entire ACCUPLACER assessment.
- Transfer students 21 and older who have earned fewer than 12 hours of transferable college credit from a regionally accredited college or university and who cannot provide ACT/SAT scores taken within five years of the first day of the first term of enrollment at APSU must complete the entire ACCUPLACER assessment.
- Transfer students with 12 or more hours who are unable to document reading proficiency and transferable college-level English and mathematics courses from a regionally accredited college or university must complete appropriate ACCUPLACER assessments.
- If you are still unsure, call Admissions at 931-221-7661.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Accuplacer website has a free study app. The sections currently given on Austin Peay's Accuplacer test are the Next Generation Version of Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills and QAS (Math).
The Testing Center does require an appointment for testing. You must register online here to make an appointment.
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 placement in a course with a learning support lab, there is a $10 fee. If you are not an APSU applicant there is a $20 fee for testing.
Calculators are not permitted on the test. The QAS (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics) portion has a built-in calculator that is available only for some questions. The calculator option will appear if the question cannot be solved without a calculator.
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.
The Accuplacer test is untimed. On average you can expect to spend about 45 minutes on each section. There are approximately 20 questions for Reading Comprehension, 25 questions for Writing and 20 questions for QAS (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics).
The Accuplacer test is not graded on a pass/fail range. However, there is a minimum score (237) required in each section to be eligible for admission. The Accuplacer placement test is only one component of the admission criteria, and 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.
If you are applying for admission to APSU as a traditional freshman or transfer students, your score will be displayed immediately when you finish the exam. A testing center staff member will explain your scores to you and will enter them into the system for the Admission Office to process. If you are testing for a special program such as Dual Enrollment or Middle College, you will not see your scores; they will be sent directly to the designated contact person for your program.
You may request that a remote location be located 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.
We are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Our office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm. We do offer an evening administration beginning at 5:30 p.m. once per month. Please see our testing schedule for dates.
The Testing Center offers Accuplacer, CLEP, Miller Analogies Test, ACT National, ACT Residual (for APSU applicants/students only), DSST (DANTES), TEAS (for APSU applicants/students only), 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.
Testing fees vary depending on the test. Below is a list of prices.
CLEP - $87 ($89 beginning 7/1/19) upon registration at the CLEP website and $20 administration fee to APSU upon registration online.
MAT (Miller Analogies Test) - $70 fee to APSU on testing day.
ACT Residual - $60 fee to APSU upon registration online.
DSST (DANTES) - $85 fee payable by credit or debit card at time of test and $15 test administration fee to APSU. Active duty military: Please note that APSU is a DSST fully-funded test center and the $15 administration fee is waived.
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.
TEAS - $20 upon registration online plus $58+tax to TEAS on testing day.
Other school proctored exams - $10/hr. fee to APSU on testing day.
All tests require at least one 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), and 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.
The Testing Center is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.
Test times are listed below. Please note these times do not include check-in/check-out time or tutorial/sample sections of exams.
CLEP & DSST (DANTES) tests are generally 1 hour and 30 minutes, unless the test has an accompanying essay.
MAT tests are 60 minutes.
Accuplacer tests are un-timed but approximately run about 45 minutes per section (3 sections).
The ACT Residual is approximately 4 hours long.
The Accuplacer website has a free study app. The sections currently given on Austin Peay's Accuplacer test are the NextGen versions of Reading, Writing, and QAS (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics). 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. There is also a partnership with www.modernstates.org that provides free preparation courses and vouchers for free CLEP exams. See the website for more information.
The MAT website offers study materials and practice exams.
The DSST website offers study materials and practice exams.
CLEP, MAT, TEAS and DSST scores are available only through their respective 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 these tests.
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 send scores only to the student or authorized APSU personnel.
You may request your official scores for the Accuplacer exam in writing by completing the Score Request Form and sending it to the Testing Center via fax (931-221-1032), email (email@example.com), mail (PO Box 4755, Clarksville, TN 37044) or in person (Ellington Building, room 207). We must have a physical (non-electronic) signature to release your records so this form cannot be submitted online.
CLEP - Austin Peay State University requires the recommended ACE score of 50. Institutions do have the right to set their own minimum scores, so please verify the passing score with your recipient institution.
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.