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Placement Testing Information and Registration

New students, including freshmen and transfers may need to take a placement test for Mathematics or English.  Taking placement test(s) is dependent upon SAT, ACT scores or transfer credits.  Please Note:  New SAT scores as of March 2016 will be added to this page soon.  Please contact the Placement Testing Center at or (724) 938-5779 if you have any questions.  Students who do not submit SAT, ACT scores or transfer credits must take placement tests.   


SAT or ACT Writing scores, or equivalent transfer credits from another institution will determine eligibility for an English Composition course.  Students who don't have SAT, ACT scores or transfer credits will need to take the test to determine eligibility.

Students with any of the following scores (equal to or greater) are eligible for English Composition I;

  • SAT-Writing score of 460 
  • SAT-Reading score of 520
  • ACT-Writing or English score of 19
  • ACT-Reading score of 22

Students with scores below those mentioned above are eligible for English Language Skills which is a developmental course but students may take the English placement test to see if they can bypass the course to take English Compositiion I. 

Students who have been given transfer equivalency for Cal U's English Language Skills will be eligible for English Composition I

ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST - The Writeplacer test is online through Accuplacer.  It consists of typing a 300-600 word essay in response to one question provided.  Essays are graded on spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and organization of ideas. 

STUDY GUIDE - Please see link to the right.


  • A score of 1-4 indicates the need for the developmental course, ENG 100 - English Language Skills. 
  • A score of 5, 6 or 7 indicates eligibility for ENG 101, English Composition I. 


Students are required to take the Math Placement Test, with the following exceptions:

  • the Math test is waived for students who have been notified that they have been given transfer credit for the equivalent of a Cal U 100-level or higher math course
  • students in majors that do not require College Algebra or a higher-level Math course and whose SAT-Math is equal to 440 or ACT-Math is equal to 18
  • students in majors that are math-intensive (e.g. science, engineering, computer science, etc.) whose SAT-Math score is equal to 520 or ACT-Math score is equal to 22*

*Note: Science, math, computer science or other math-intensive majors requiring Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus with a SAT-Math score equal to or greater than 520 or ACT-Math score equal to or greater than 22 should take Parts C (College Algebra) and D (Trigonometry) of the Math Placement Test.


Cal U uses MyMathTest (MMT), an online review, assessment and placement software to deliver and administer its CMAP.  MMT is free to the student.  It includes an orientation and review sections with practice problems to be completed on your own and assessment sections that would require a proctor. 

The review and assessment sections each consist of four parts: Part A (Arithmetic), Part B (Introductory Algebra), Part C (College Algebra) and Part D (Trigonometry).  Depending on your mathematics requirement you may not need to take all four parts. 

Non-graphing calculators will be permitted for all parts EXCEPT Part A. Please bring a calculator with you for testing.

For instructions please see link to the right.

Placement Testing Options for Students 

Current, New and Online Students:

Campus Test For students who live close to Cal U:  Take the tests on the main campus in the Placement Testing Center, Noss Hall Room 215 by contacting Claire Pizer at or (724) 938-5779. Appointments are available Mondays through Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Proctored Test: For students unable to test on campus:  Take tests online with assistance from a local proctor. Students are eligible to take the tests online but must find someone locally to oversee them. A proctor can be a guidance counselor, teacher or staff member of a local high school or college. Once you find a proctor please have them contact Claire Pizer in the Placement Testing Center at or (724) 938-5779 for instructions prior to your test date. 

  • Cal U utilizes Accuplacer for English Placement test. 
  • CMAP is utilized for the Math Placement test. 
  • BVirtual is utilized to administer the English and Math Placement tests tor those who have difficulty locating a Proctor.  The charge to the student is $25 per test.

Other Option for New Students in the Fall Only:

  • Testing will be offered during all of the New Student Registration Days in the summer. The English test will be offered at 8:30 a.m. or after the Math test that begins at 2:00 p.m. in Noss Hall Room 215.  To register for testing please use the online placement testing registration form. 

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

  • Require requests from the student, appropriate documentation and prior approval
  • Accommodations must be approved a minimum of one week prior to the testing date
  • The disability services staff may adjust test times/dates to accommodate student/staff needs
  • Direct requests/inquiries to the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at (724) 938-5781 or