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Student Success is a Priority at Cal U

The professionals in Cal U's Scheduling and Placement-Testing Centers are ready to help you achieve your goals and graduate in four years. The Centers:

  • coordinate placement and testing
  • create schedules for entering students
  • provide information on academic procedures and policies
  • provide information on general education and major requirements
  • offer developmental courses
  • help students explore re-testing opportunities

Placement Tests

New students, including freshmen and transfer students, may need to take a Cal U placement test for Mathematics and/or English.  Taking a placement test is dependent upon SAT, ACT scores or transfer credits.  Students who do not submit SAT/ACT scores or transfer credits must take placement tests.  Students who do not achieve predetermined scores on these tests must enroll in appropriate developmental courses. 

Math - computer-based test and contains four sections covering Arithmetic, Introductory Algebra, College Algebra and Trigonometry.  Each section is timed 15 minutes and non-graphing calculators are permitted on all sections EXCEPT Part A. 

English - computer-based, essay test through Accuplacer that requires typing a 300-600 word essay in response to one question and is graded on spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and organization of ideas.  Time limit is 1 hour. 

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

SAT/ACT scores required for Math and English as well as testing options are at the link below.  

 Placement Testing Information and Registration

Developmental Courses

Cal U offers development courses in English language skills and introductory algebra, as detailed in the Course Catalog.

Because developmental courses are preparatory to a university academic experience, the credits awarded in them do not count toward the fulfillment of the number of credits for graduation nor may they be used in fulfillment of general education requirements.  However, the grades are used in establishing a student's grade point average, class standing, eligibility for financial aid and eligibility for participation in certain activities. 

Not Yet Sure of Your Major?

If you don't yet know what career path you want, General Studies could be a viable option for your major. Declaring General Studies is simply stating that you are an undecided student.

It's All Part of Student Success

The Office of Academic Success assists those who are undecided, serves those in need of basic academic skills, runs the probationary assistance program, coordinates scheduling and placement-testing and offers many programs to help all students achieve success.

More Questions about Scheduling and Placement? Visit Us

Placement-Testing Center

Noss Hall, Room 215

FAX: 724-938-1609
Office Hours: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.  Monday - Friday

Scheduling Center

Noss Hall Room 210


FAX: 724-938-1609
Office Hours: : 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Monday - Friday

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