Students taking placement tests on-campus will test with the guidance of Penn College staff in a structured testing environment.

Please read the information below to ensure that you are well prepared for placement testing.

Dates & Times for Fall 2018 Enrollment

Classes begin on August 13 for the Fall 2018 semester.
Please note the start time assigned to each date.

Placement Testing: Tuesday March 6 at 12:30 p.m.

Placement Testing: Wednesday March 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Placement Testing: Tuesday March 13 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Thursday March 15 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Tuesday March 20 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Wednesday March 21 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Tuesday April 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Placement Testing: Wednesday April 18 at 12:30 p.m.

Placement Testing: Saturday April 21 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Tuesday April 24 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Tuesday May 1 at 12:30 p.m.

Placement Testing: Wednesday May 2 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Friday May 4 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Monday May 7 at 12:30 p.m.

Placement Testing: Thursday May 31 at 12:30 p.m.

Accomodated Placement Testing: Monday June 4 at 9 a.m.

Placement Testing: Tuesday June 5 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Wednesday June 6 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Thursday June 7 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Wednesday June 13 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Monday July 2 at 12:30 p.m.

Placement Testing: Wednesday July 18 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Wednesday July 25 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Monday July 30 at 10 a.m.

Placement Testing: Thursday August 2 at 10 a.m.

Preparing for Test Day

Having a clear and accurate picture of your current skill levels is important to us and is vital to your academic future. Therefore, you will want to be well prepared for test day. The following strategies will help you get ready for placement testing.

1. Complete the required Math Information Form.

Without this information, your placement will not be complete.

2. Take sample tests and review sample questions.

The sample information will give you a good idea of what to expect on the tests and allow you to gauge how your current knowledge matches with concepts represented in the test questions.

  • Math – The math sample test is available on our online course system, P.L.A.T.O. You will receive your results automatically upon completion of the test. Go to the math sample test registration page; there, you will submit your first and last name, and then a username and password will be provided.
  • Reading – We use the Accuplacer reading test. You may view sample test questions (scroll down to Reading Comprehension) and download a free Accuplacer study app.
  • English – A sample essay with reviewer response is provided to help you understand how your essay will be evaluated.
3. Brush up on rusty skills.

Once you have taken the sample tests, use old text books and materials to refresh your memory or brush up. As you review, focus on the concepts with which you already have some experience or familiarity. The placement tests measure the knowledge and skills you have acquired over time; therefore, attempting to master new concepts would be impractical. For example, trying to learn calculus if you've never had the class would not be a good use of your time.

4. Plan your trip.

Running late is stressful. You will be more relaxed going into the test if you know where you are going and arrive on time.

  • See Visit Penn College for directions to the College and a campus map. Additionally, make sure you know how long it will take to get to campus and allow plenty of travel time.
5. Get a good night's sleep.

Whether testing on or off campus, it is important to be well rested. A tired brain is inefficient. You will be testing for up to three hours.

  • Tip: If you are testing on campus and live a distance from the College, consider staying in a hotel close to campus the night before testing to save early morning travel.
6. Make sure you have eaten a well balanced meal before testing.

Hunger or inadequate nutrition may cause fatigue and distraction.

  • Tip: Have a light snack on hand to eat during a break to avoid feeling hungry in the later parts of the test.

What to Bring

All test materials, including pencils, will be provided. Please bring the following:

  1. photo identification (such as a driver's license or passport), which you will present at check-in
  2. calculator* 
  3. the parking pass sent with your testing notification.

*Calculators are optional. See more information on the Testing Overview & Contents page.

Test Day Location & Agenda

Placement testing is located in the SASC building (see Campus Maps). Testing start times are either 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. depending upon the date (see test dates above). Testing will begin promptly* at the start time. You will check in at SASC, Room 1052, 30 minutes prior to your start time. Plan to spend about four hours on campus.

*It is important that you arrive on time. Be sure you know exactly how long it will take you to get to Penn College and allow plenty of travel time. Refer to Directions to Main Campus for help planning.

Time Activity
9:30 a.m. 12 p.m. Placement testing check-in: SASC1052
10 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Testing begins in SASC 1049
10 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Parent and Guest Session begins in SASC 1056
Part 1: 45 minutes
Discussion of pre-enrollment process, academic success, health and safety, programs and activities, housing, resources
Part 2: 45 minutes
Financial Aid - application process, types of aid, deadlines
11:15 a.m. 1:45 p.m. Ten-minute break
1:10 p.m. 3:40 p.m. Testing ends **

** Students who are not taking all parts of the placement test will finish earlier. See Placement Requirements.

Other tasks to accomplish while on campus
  • Be sure to have your picture taken for your student photo ID in room 108 of the Bush Campus Center (CC). The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. You will pick up your ID card when you return to campus for Connections.
  • Stop by one of our dining units to grab lunch or a snack.
  • Visit campus offices to get your questions answered. Offices are open until 4:30 p.m.

Changing Your Test Date

If you are unable to attend placement testing on your originally assigned date, as listed in your placement test notification letter, you may request a different date by doing the following:

  1. Log in to the Student Information System (SIS).
  2. Under "Admissions Information" on the left, choose "View Application Status."
  3. On the Application Status page, choose "Request New Date."
  4. You will be asked to choose two dates, a first and second choice, from a list of available dates.
  5. Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation listing your new placement test date and time. You may also confirm that your date changed by viewing the "Application Status" page in the SIS.