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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  are added below.  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 (ENG 101);

New SAT as of March 2016;

  • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing – 460

  • Writing and Language - 26
  • Reading – 28


SAT Prior to March 2016;

  • Writing – 460
  • Reading – 520



  • Writing or English – 19
  • Reading - 22


English Placement Test Score – 5, 6 or 7

Students with scores below those mentioned above are eligible for the developmental course, English Language Skills.  One re-test is permitted on the English placement test.   

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.


Math requirement(s) are dependent upon major and eligibility can be determined by SAT/ACT scores, transfer credits or placement test scores.  Students can view their Math requirement(s) in the Degree Works section of their student account in the Vulcan Information Portal (VIP).  The course prerequisites are below;

Cal U Math   Course

Math SAT

As of March 2016

Math SAT

Prior to March 2016

Math ACT

 Minimum Score on CMAP

(See Explanation Below) 

Part A

Part B

Part C

Part D

MAT   100, 110, 120, 130








MAT   181,  215








MAT   191, 195, 225, 272, 273








MAT   199








MAT   281








MAT   205

No   prerequisite but passing Part A recommended.

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 (Pre-Calculus).  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 high school, college or testing center.  Finding a proctor and any fees would be the student's responsibility.  Once a proctor is found please send their contact information to Claire Pizer in the Placement Testing Center at or (724) 938-5779 so instructions can be sent and reviewed prior to setting a 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 Entering Spring 2018

  • In January, testing will be offered on campus during the New Student Orientation days in Noss Hall Room 215.

To register 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