What to Expect

Format

The placement test has multiple parts. The first part of the placement test is a 45-minute handwritten Writing Sample. After the Writing Sample, you will complete additional testing on Math and Reading skills. These sections are computerized and untimed.

Placement testing is offered at various times from Monday through Thursday. Please visit the Welcome Center in the Berks Hall lobby or call 610-607-6224 to schedule your placement test.

Most students complete all sections of the placement test in about 3 hours, though the time it takes you will depend on your test-taking style, knowledge of the material, and comfort with the skills necessary to use a computerized test.

What to Bring

You must bring a current government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or military ID card, with you to the test. You may use a high school ID card only if you are currently enrolled in high school. If you do not have a photo ID with you at check in, you will be required to reschedule your test for another day. Information about obtaining an ID from Pennsylvania is available at www.dmv.state.pa.us.

You may bring an approved calculator with you for the math portion of the test. If you do not have a calculator, one will be provided to you.

All other necessary supplies, including pens and paper, will be provided for you. No food or drink is allowed in testing.

Registering For Classes

When you complete your placement test, you will be directed to schedule an appointment with an advisor. During your advising appointment, an advisor will review your program (major) selection, discuss your placement test scores, help you understand the process of enrolling in college, discuss your financial arrangements, and help you register for your first semester.

Early Admissions: Placement test results are not used as a basis for admission to the college except in the case of the student applying under the Early Admissions program. Early Admissions students may only enroll if they place at the college level.