Assessment: ACCUPLACER®

Department of Counseling and Testing Services

Campus:  Blountville
Office:  Testing Services
Room:  C2101, General Studies Building
Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.2587
Fax:  423.323.0215
Email:  testing@NortheastState.edu
Web:  www.NortheastState.edu/Assessment or www.NortheastState.edu/ACCUPLACER

Blountville Testing Center   
Room:  C2106, General Studies Building, Northeast State at Blountville
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617

Elizabethton Testing Center  
Room:  E120, Northeast State at Elizabethton
Address:  386 Highway 91 N, Elizabethton, TN 37643 

Johnson City Testing Center 
Room:  J1011, Northeast State at Johnson City
Address:  101 E. Market Street, Johnson City, TN 37604

Kingsport Testing Center  
Room:  BWH134, Blazier-Wilson Hall, Northeast State at Kingsport
Address:  222 W. Main Street, Kingsport, TN 37660



All prospective students must submit a Northeast State Application for Admission before scheduling any assessment and placement tests.

Northeast State uses standardized scores for advisement and placement purposes in accordance with TBR Learning Support Policy No. 2:03:00:02.

First-time students who do not present valid ACT or SAT scores or who do not show proficiency in reading, math or English will be placed into the appropriate subject area co-requisite Learning Support course(s) as defined by the academic program requirements. Valid ACT or SAT scores are those earned within five years prior to the first day of the first term of enrollment. Students have the option to challenge placement into Learning Support courses by taking the ACCUPLACER® test.

Academic programs that do not require specific college-level courses, i.e., in math, English, or reading intensive courses used for placement, may have faculty-prescribed Learning Support courses established as prerequisites/co-requisites specific to the degree program or certificate if deemed necessary for workforce readiness in the field of study. Students who change to degree-seeking status will be assessed under guidelines for degree-seeking students.

Students with ACT/SAT or SAILS Math Scores

Students with ACT/SAT scores or SAILS Math classes within five years of the first day of class will be placed into Learning Support and/or college-level courses. Students placed into Learning Support have the option to challenge their placement by taking the ACCUPLACER test. The assessment test, ACCUPLACER, is not required for enrollment. 

ACT Test Scores / SAILS Math

  • Students with an ACT English score of 17 or less are placed into Learning Support English, ENGL 0870.
  • Students with an ACT Reading score of 18 or less are placed into Learning Support Reading, READ 0870.
  • Students with an ACT Math score of 18 or less are placed into Learning Support Math, MATH 0803.

Students who were enrolled in the SAILS Math course but who did NOT COMPLETE the course successfully are placed into Learning Support Math, Math 0803.


ACCUPLACER is a computerized test that provides assessment in three areas: Writing; Reading; and Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics. It is user-friendly, and computer skills are not required to take the test. To learn more about Next-Generation ACCUPLACER tests go to https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/educator/next-generation.  The test must be taken at one of Northeast State’s Testing Centers.

A test administrator is always available to assist students with accessing the test. Score results are printed after testing is completed.


Writing   
Score: 200-249, Placement: Learning Support ENGL 0870  
Score: 250-300, Placement: College-Level

Reading   
Score: 200-249, Placement: Learning Support READ 0870  
Score: 250-300, Placement: College-Level

Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics 
Score: 200-249, Placement: Learning Support MATH 0030, 0530, or 0801        
Score: 250-300, Placement: College-Level MATH 1010, 1050, 1100, and 1530


Prepare for the test by using the free ACCUPLACER web-based sample tests on your computer, smartphone, or tablet at https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login. Create an account and select “Next-Generation Practice Tests”.

Two options for preparation: 1) “Learn as You Go” provides immediate feedback after each question is submitted and includes an explanation for the correct response and 2) take the “Sample Tests”. The sample tests are similar to the real test, so you will know ahead of time what your experience will be like on test day. (Scores on the sample tests do not guarantee that you will receive a specific score on the actual ACCUPLACER test.)

Average times are listed below to help you plan and avoid feeling rushed on test day:

  • Demographics (info about yourself) will take 5 minutes.
  • Reading (20 questions) will take 30 minutes.
  • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (20 questions) will take 40 minutes.
  • Writing Skills (25 questions) will take 40 minutes.

Keep in mind the test is NOT timed. Some students may take longer or finish more quickly than others. Take your time and read each question carefully. Do not rush. 


Students with a disability who need accommodations for testing must meet with the Center for Students with Disabilities, Room C1102 of the General Studies Building, prior to taking the ACCUPLACER. Contact 423.279.7640 for more information. 


ACCUPLACER is available on the Blountville, Elizabethton, Johnson City, and Kingsport campuses. Testing in Blountville is available weekly. Testing is available in Johnson City and Kingsport twice a month, but is limited in Elizabethton to once a month during peak months. There is a $10.00 testing fee for ACCUPLACER. All test scheduling is completed online. A reminder of your scheduled test date will be sent to your email account. Northeast State also proctors ACCUPLACER for non-Northeast State students who will attend other colleges. The testing fee is $25.00 for non-Northeast State students.

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  1. Bring identification with a photo such as a driver’s license, state ID, or passport.
  2. Obtain a Visitor’s Pass from the Welcome Center or Campus Police Office at your campus location. Place the Visitor’s Pass on your car dashboard to avoid receiving a parking ticket.
  3. Pay the $10.00 ACCUPLACER Testing Fee if you have not already done so. The $10.00 fee must paid in cash at the Cashier’s Window on the first floor of the James Pierce Administration Building on the Blountville campus or at the other Northeast State locations with Testing Centers. You can pay the fee on the same day as the scheduled test. Bring the receipt with you to the Testing Center.
  4. Limit personal belongings as all items must be stored during testing.  

  1. A valid photo ID is required for testing.
  2. Food or beverages are not allowed at the computer stations and must be stored while in the Testing Center.
  3. Cell phones must be turned on silent and collected prior to testing. Students will not have access to them during testing or breaks.   
  4. Children are not allowed in the Testing Center and must be under adult supervision while on campus. 
  5. Students who are ill with coughing, high fever, or other contagious symptoms are encouraged to reschedule their tests.  
  6. Honesty is the best policy! The use of unauthorized aids, copying, or any other form of cheating will result in being dismissed from the Testing Center and appropriate action for that test will be taken. 
  7. Students whose behavior is a disturbance to other students will be asked to leave the Testing Center.
  8. Scratch paper must be turned in before leaving the Testing Center. 
  9. Students who require accommodations (extended time, etc.) must first contact the Center for Students with Disabilities at 423.279.7640.
  10. Students will be seated as soon as a computer station becomes available.

Students are allowed one retest. A minimum one-week waiting period is required between tests. Retesting is not allowed once a student has been enrolled in the required course and attended class. Students must pay the $10.00 ACCUPLACER Testing Fee for the retest.


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