Placement testing at Northeastern Illinois University is conducted using Accuplacer, a computerized placement test. The test is given by appointment only and is not timed. It is used to make sure that you register into the highest-level Writing, Reading and/or Mathematics courses that you are qualified to take, based on your current skill level. If you are a new student who has not taken college level coursework in mathematics or English you will likely be required to complete one or more subject area placement tests.
Students taking the full assessment (Math, Reading and Writing) should allow 2-3.5 hours for testing. Please arrive with a photo ID approximately 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Students arriving more than 10 minutes after their appointment may need to reschedule. Please arrive on time.
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An online study guide from Accuplacer is available as well as a free interactive app. We encourage students to practice prior to taking or retaking the placement test.
The placement testing policy requires entering and some re-entering students to take the following examinations except where stated exemption conditions have been met. SAT/ACT score validity (age of scores and requirements for submission) is defined by University guidelines.
Students can meet placement requirements in a variety of ways. Make sure all your documents (transcripts, score reports, etc.) are submitted to Admissions at email@example.com. If you are not sure if you need to take a placement test, you can log into the NEIU Application Management portal to view your admission checklist. Your advisor can also help you determine what tests you need to take. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
All entering students are given two options for placement into a math course: SAT/ACT math score or the math placement test. Students who submit SAT/ACT scores to Northeastern can be placed directly into a math course solely based on their SAT/ACT math score. They also have the option of taking the math placement test, in which case Northeastern will use the higher of the two scores for placement into a math course. Since there is no penalty to taking the test, freshmen are strongly encouraged to do so, particularly if they took a math course in their senior year of high school.
All newly admitted and readmitted students who do not submit their SAT/ACT Math scores are required to take the mathematics placement test with the exception of the following:
The English placement test has two components: writing and reading. Entering students with a high school GPA below 3.25 must take the Reading and Writing placement test.
No entering student may register for a reading course before taking the reading placement test, with the exception of the following:
No entering student may register for an English or English Language Program course before taking the writing placement test, with the exception of the following:
Reasonable accommodations will be provided with advance notice for persons with documented disabilities. No variation of the assessment can be made without prior approval. Students requiring a disability-related testing accommodation must first contact Student Disability Services at email@example.com and follow intake procedures before signing up for placement testing.
Information for course placement based on Accuplacer scores and SAT/ACT math scores can be found on the Interpreting Your Test Scores page.
Contact SAT or ACT to arrange for your test score to be sent electronically to the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
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