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Normal Office Hours
M-F: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you registered for a test, please be sure to check the time/hours listed on your confirmation. Testing hours vary greatly.

Placement Tests

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Students entering the University arrive with varying levels of competence in writing, math, and reading. It is important that all students entering the University begin taking courses at a level that is appropriate for their continued success. ACT/SAT scores and coursework completed through regionally accredited colleges and universities are considered for writing and reading placement at SIUE. Your high school grades cannot be used to determine placement for college-level courses. Please use the following information to determine your current placement:

Course Eligibility ACT Score SAT Score
Writing ACT English Test Score SAT Writing and Language Test Score
AD 090 – Basic Writing I 18 and below 25 and below
AD 092 – Basic Writing II 19 26
English 101-P - English Composition Intensive 20 27
English 101 - English Composition I 21 and above 28 and above
Reading ACT Reading Test Score SAT Reading Test Score
AD 082 17 and below 23 and below
AD 116 18 - 20 24 - 26
No course required

21 and above

27 and above

While math is not required for all degree programs, students who intend to major in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, exercise science, or physics are advised to plan accordingly for math enrollment.

I have transfer credit; what math course am I eligible for?

If you have received credit for math courses that have been accepted as equivalent to SIUE’s AD 095 or higher, for placement purposes these courses will be acknowledged as if you have completed them at SIUE. (Note: a grade of C or higher will be required). You may review your accepted transfer courses on your transcript in CougarNet.

I have taken the ACT/SAT more than once; which scores will be used for placement?

SIUE will acknowledge for placement purposes the highest subscore on file.

CHEMISTRY READINESS EXAM

Students who plan to major in biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences, exercise science, or physics may need to take the Chemistry Readiness Exam to be placed in CHEM 121a or CHEM 131.  Students interested in one of the previously mentioned majors do not need to take the Chemistry Readiness Exam if they have earned an ACT Math test score of 23 or above, an SAT Math Test Score of 28 or above, or credit for CHEM 113 AND MATH 120.

Review Chemistry Topics

Students may use their non-programmable, non-graphing, scientific calculator to help them answer 60 multiple choice questions in 55 minutes.  Students may take this exam a maximum of two times with at least one month between tests. 

Register for the Chemistry Readiness Exam

UNIVERSITY PHYSICS PLACEMENT EXAMINATION

Students who plan to major in computer science or engineering may need to take the University Physics Placement Examination to be placed in PHYS 141.  Students interested in one of these majors do not need to take the University Physics Placement Examination if they have earned an ACT Math score of 28 or above, an SAT Math Test Score of 32.5 or above, or credit for PHYS 140. 

Review Physics Topics

Students may use their non-programmable, non-graphing, scientific calculator (no cell phone) to help them answer 15 multiple choice questions in 50 minutes.  Students may only take this exam one time.

Register for the University Physics Placement Examination

What else do I need to know?

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Study Resources

You should prepare for the Next-Generation Writing and/or Next-Generation Reading placement test(s).

Students will NOT be admitted to test if they fail to arrive in Testing Services (Student Success Center, Room 1246) with photo identification by the time listed on their receipt. They should plan to arrive 10 minutes early.

Visitors may park in Lot B or metered portions of other lots. Lot B and all other meters are $1.00 per hour. Lot C (metered lot behind Rendleman Hall) has a two (2) hour daily time limit. Students may visit this Web site, siue.edu/maps, for directions, downloadable maps, building directories, or more information about transportation and parking on campus.

Students will not be permitted to possess food and/or drinks in Testing Services.

Students must be able to fit all of their possessions in one of the 14" x 11" x 19" lockers in Testing Services.

Students must use their student identification number (800XXXXXX) to take their exam.

Retesting

There is no limit to the number of times you may take the writing and/or reading placement test(s).  However, if you would like to retake the test(s), you must wait at least one month between test sessions and pay the $20 placement retest fee per session.  This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

For additional information, you may contact Testing Services in the Student Success Center - Office 1246, phone (618) 650‑1246.

Contact Us
1246 Student Success Center
Campus Box 1630
Edwardsville, IL 62026

(618) 650‑1246
testingservices@siue.edu
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