Exams Offered

Placement Testing: ACCUPLACER

The ACCUPLACER exam is used by Washburn University to identify the proper level of Math and English course for which a student should register.  The ACCUPLACER is an untimed computer based placement exam consisting of three sections: Math, Sentence Skills and Reading Comprehension.  Students may register for all three sections of the exam or an individual section as needed.

The ACCUPLACER is recommended for students who do not have an ACT/SAT score, or for students who have an ACT/SAT score which is older than 5 years who do not have other math placement information.  The ACCUPLACER may also be taken by any student who would like the opportunity to place into a higher course than they are placed in by their ACT/SAT score or transfer course work.  Students may retake the ACCUPLACER exam if they are not satisfied with their score.

HOW TO REGISTER
Contact the Center for Prior Learning & Testing
Mabee Library, Room 218
785-670-1227 or testing@washburn.edu OR complete Testing Services Request Form
Walk-ins accepted based on room availability

COST
$20.00

FORMAT OF EXAM
1 section – 1 hour
2 or 3 sections – 2 ½ to 3 hours
Computerized, Multiple Choice

RETAKES
Allowed after 14 days

ITEMS TO BRING
Bring valid/unexpired photo ID (drivers license, school ID, passport, etc.)
$20 – cash or check made payable to Washburn University
Arrive 10 minutes before test time
Calculators are not permitted as one is provided for you on the exam
Scratch paper and pencil will be provided

SCORE REPORT
A score report print-out will be available immediately after taking the exam

For more information regarding the ACCUPLACER and to see sample questions, visit Test Prep Preview.

High school students needing to take the ACCUPLACER exam to qualify for the Concurrent Enrollment Partnership program follow a different testing schedule.

Placement Scores

The table below indicates the ACT or ACCUPLACER scores expected for placement into specific mathematics and English courses:

ACT Math Score

ACCUPLACER Math Score

Recommended Course

Prerequisite(s)

0-17

0-59 on Elementary Algebra

MA 103 Basic Algebra (3)

Note:  Does not count toward degree requirements or graduation hours. Prepares student for MA 104.

No Algebra prerequisite for this course

18-21

60-75 on Elementary Algebra

MA 104 Intermediate Algebra (3)

Note:  Does not count toward degree requirements or graduation hours. Prepares the student for MA 112 or MA 116

No prerequisite for this course. However, MA103 Basic Algebra or appropriate test score is STRONGLY Recommended.

22 or higher

76-80 on Elementary Algebra

OR

0-40 College Level Math

MA 112 Essential Mathematics (3)

C or better in MA 104 Intermediate Algebra or appropriate test score

22 or higher

81-120 on

Elementary Algebra Exam

OR

41-70 on

College Level Math Exam

MA 116 College Algebra (3)

C or better in MA104 Intermediate Algebra or appropriate test score

25 or higher

71-102 on College Level Math Exam

MA117 Trigonometry (3)

MA123 Pre-Calculus   (3)

 

MA140 Intro to Statistics (3)

MA141 Applied Calculus I (3)

MA145 Math for Decision Making (3)

MA148 Mathematics of Finance (3)

MA206 Discrete Math for Computing (3)

C or better in MA116

C or better in MA116 or 117

C or better in MA116, MA 112 or 123

C or better in MA116 or 123

 C or better in MA116 or 123

C or better in MA116 or 123

CM111 and C or better in MA116 or MA 123 or Appropriate Test Score

28 or higher

103-120 on College Level Math

MA 151 Calculus & Analytical Geometry I (5)

C or better in MA117 Trigonometry, or MA123 Pre-Calculus, or

Appropriate Test Score

ACT English Score

ACCUPLACER English Score

Recommended Course

Prerequisite(s)

0-17

0-68

EN100 Developmental English (3)

Note: Does not count toward degree requirements or graduation hours.  Prepares for EN101.

No prerequisite for this course

18-36

69-109

EN101 Freshman Composition (3)

Note: Required, with a minimum grade of C, for graduation.

No prerequisite for this course

25+

110-120

EN102 Freshman English Honors (3)

See Honors Program for description

Scholastic performance, appropriate test score, student interest and motivation