Welcome to the Placement Testing Office
Your success at Shippensburg University is our ultimate goal!
TO SCHEDULED TESTERS: PLEASE check your SU e-mail 24 to 48 hours before scheduled
testing. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on where to
report for testing, what you need to bring with you (example: GOLD form from
your placement testing packet and photo ID) and other information pertaining to
testing. ~THANK YOU~
What is Placement Testing?
Our General Education
Program requires our students take various courses to develop certain skills
and competencies. The mission of Placement Testing is to determine whether or
not students are adequately prepared to succeed in these courses. We determine
level of proficiency by testing Math and Writing (English).
Math: Your test results will determine your
eligibility to enroll in college-level math courses. Continue reading for
English (Writing): The English composition program is designed to
provide students with sufficient writing skills to fulfill undergraduate
writing requirements. Read on for more detailed information
Accommodations for Students with Special Needs
If you have a
documented disability and require special testing accommodations, you should
contact the Office of Disability Services, Horton Hall 120, 717-477-1329, as
soon as possible. To be eligible for accommodations, you must file the
appropriate documentation with the Office of Disability Services
before testing. If extended testing time is necessary, please note that
the math and English (writing) placement tests are untimed. Since both tests are untimed, you can
register for testing without contacting the Office of Disability Services.
How will I know if I need to test?
Students will receive
information from the Placement Testing Office after confirming attendance at
Ship. This information will include a letter and a brochure with instructions
for logging into our registration system. Here you can view placement testing
requirements and register for testing and orientation. Keep in mind that not all students are required to complete
testing. Students will need to log into the online registration
to see testing requirements, if any.
See the instructions
below or our brochure for detailed instructions on how to log into the online
It is strongly
recommended that students complete placement testing requirements or optional
testing as soon as possible. Testing will be offered throughout the spring
semester. Please do not wait until the end of the school year when there
is a flurry of activity. Students must complete testing prior to
Transfer Students: Please allow for a couple of weeks
between your confirmation and a review of your transcripts to determine your
placement testing requirements. Check your SU e-mail daily. You will receive an e-mail from the Placement Testing Office if you are required to complete testing.
Registration for Testing
Students required to
complete any part of placement testing MUST complete all testing requirements
before their orientation date in order to register for classes during
Orientation. This means you must complete your placement testing requirement
ASAP. Complete the following steps:
- On our website
click on REGISTER FOR PLACEMENT TESTING (a tab on the left hand side of this
- Click Register@Ship
and log onto the Admission Portal using your SU ID# as your Login ID and your
PIN (which is your date of birth - listed with two digits for the month, two
for the day, and two for the year without spaces or dashes).
- Click on the link
for the Processed Application (Term, Year) and "Click Here" next to
- Provide the
required Personal Information and then Save & Continue to move to the next
page where your placement testing requirements (if any) will be listed.
- If required to
test, complete the online registration by selecting a testing date and time.
You will be sent a confirmation email to your Ship email account which will
include the location of testing. You should also register for orientation
at this time.
- If not required to
test, no further action is necessary in regard to placement testing. Please
register for orientation at this time.
DO NOT REGISTER FOR PLACEMENT TESTING UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN THAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE TESTING
Arrival: Plan to arrive approximately 15
minutes prior to your testing time to sign in.
What to Bring: You must bring a photo ID
and know your Shippensburg University ID number. For English
(writing) placement testing you will need to know your Ship email address
Timing: Tests are untimed. All tests are
completed during one session.
Test Materials: We will provide all necessary testing
materials. Calculators are not permitted. If needed, a ‘pop-up’ calculator will
be available on the computer.
Test Results: You will receive your math results
immediately after testing. Results will then be explained by Placement Testing
Office staff. If further clarification is necessary, contact us for a more
thorough explanation. For students taking the English (writing) placement test,
only students who are placed into Basic Writing will be notified via email.
Students can also contact the English department to verify test scores.
Placement Testing Transcript Requests
to have their placement testing results sent to another college or university,
must complete a Transcript Request form.
Once the request is submitted, we will forward your scores. Please complete the
form completely. An incomplete form will delay your results being sent out.
Why it is SO IMPORTANT to review for testing
do not count toward graduation therefore it is imperative to review before
testing. For the math test, you may want to review Algebra I & II material.
Practice tests are available on our website under Review for Placement Testing.
For English (writing), review grammar and be able to clearly articulate a
well-constructed point. See Review for Placement Testing for more resources.