Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need additional testing time?

Only students with a documented disability requiring additional testing time can request this accommodation. Because the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test is the only timed test, you will only need to contact the Shippensburg University Testing Center prior to testing if you choose to take this test. If you are taking either the English (Writing) or Math placement tests, you do not need to contact the Shippensburg University Testing Center since both tests are untimed. If you feel that you may need more than three hours, we encourage you to register for the 10:00am placement testing session.

The math and writing placement tests are completed online. Does this mean I can take the test from home?

Although these tests are online assessments, they must be completed in a proctored environment. Therefore, you must complete your testing at the Shippensburg University Testing Center or one of the alternate testing sites.

I passed all parts of the PSSA tests. Do I still need to complete placement testing?

Congratulations on passing all parts of the PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment). We do not use PSSA scores to determine placement testing requirements. We only use the SAT or ACT. If testing is required based on your SAT scores, you are still required to complete your placement testing.

I am not required to take the Math Placement Test. Would it be worthwhile for me to take it anyway? Should I take the optional math test?

Students who score > 550 on the Math section of the SAT are NOT required to take the Math Placement Test. However, it may be advantageous for the student to take the Math Placement Test and attempt to place into higher level math courses or to satisfy their major's requirement for math competency. Examples of students who may benefit from taking the Math Placement Test, and who are not required to take it, are discussed on the Optional Testing site.

What if my SAT scores are incorrectly reported?

If there is a discrepancy with the SAT scores posted on your Test Reservation Form (gold sheet you received in the mail), please contact the Office of Admissions. The information posted on the Test Reservation From comes directly from the Office of Admissions. Generally, a correct/updated SAT score report can be faxed or mailed to their office.

If you only completed the ACT, your ACT scores are converted into SAT scores. These converted scores are then posted on your Test Reservation Form. If you are interested in the conversion of ACT scores to SAT scores, please contact the Office of Admissions. The Placement Testing Office does not have any information on the conversion.

If you plan to test at an alternate testing site, please contact the Placement Testing Office so that we can notify the site of your correct scores and placement testing requirements. If you are testing at the Shippensburg University Testing Center, no further action is necessary as your corrected SAT scores will get posted and we will readily have access to that information.

Do I have to take the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test if I am placed into the Developmental Reading & Study Skills (RDG:050) course?

The Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test is an optional test for students who are placed in the Developmental Reading & Study Skills (RDG:050) course. Only students who feel confident in challenging their placement into the Developmental Reading & Study Skills (RDG:050) course are encouraged to take the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test. If you are placed into the Developmental Reading & Study Skills (RDG:050) course and you do not feel completely confident in your reading skills, it is suggested that you take the Developmental Reading course. Keep in mind that college-level work requires an extensive amount of reading.

How do I register for the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test?

Registration for this test is just like any other placement test at Shippensburg University. Click on the Register for Placement Testing tab on our website and follow the instructions provided. Keep in mind that you can only take the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test at the Shippensburg University Testing Center. Alternate testing sites are not an option for this particular test.

How do I determine whether or not to take the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test?

Any student trying to determine whether or not they should take the Townsend Press Reading Challenge Test, needs to be honest with themselves and take into consideration their current reading skills. Ask yourself, “Do I feel confident in my vocabulary, comprehension, and reading rate skills?” Also, keep in mind that college requires an extensive amount of reading. Some other considerations: How frequently do you read? Did you complete many reading assignments in high school? Do you do any leisure reading? If you answer no to all three questions, it is recommended that you take the Developmental Reading & Study Skills (RDG:050) course.

What are the dates of placement testing at the Shippensburg University Testing Center?

To view the dates and register for one of the testing dates at the Shippensburg University Testing Center, please select the Register for Placement Testing tab, click on the Register@Ship link, and input the requested information. You will be given your Ship ID# and e-mail address. Your Ship ID# is also your Library ID#. Proceed by selecting URL link and entering requested information.

Testing is also available at the alternate testing sites which are posted on the Alternative Testing Sites tab. Directions for testing at an alternate site can be accessed by selecting the appropriate alternate site link. FYI: If you decide to complete placement testing at an alternate site, you will NOT receive registration confirmation from the Shippensburg University Testing Center.

What are the dates of placement testing at the alternate sites?

Information is on the Alternative Testing Sites page.

Does placement testing have any impact on my admissions?

For students already admitted to the University, placement testing does not have an impact on admissions. Placement testing is designed to aid in the selection of appropriate courses for your first semester.

What do I need to bring to testing?

You will need to bring a photo ID, your SU ID number, and your Ship email and password to testing. If testing at an alternate site, you will need to bring a photo ID, your SU ID number, Ship email and password as well as your placement testing requirements (which you can print off of the online registration system). Please do not bring calculators. They are not allowed for testing. Also, please arrive about 15 minutes prior to your testing session to sign in.

What should I do if I have earned course credits or I am taking an AP course/test?

If you have taken a course in which you earned college credit, please send official transcripts to the Admission's Office. If the college credit is for a math or English class, please inform the Placement Testing Office. If you already have your AP score, please send an official transcript to the Admission's Office. If you will be taking the test, generally we will still recommend completing testing.

If I have to complete both the English (Writing) and Math Placement tests, do I have to register for 2 different testing sessions?

You do NOT need to register for multiple testing sessions. All testing is completed during one testing session.

How do I determine whether or not to take optional placement testing?

Please see Optional Placement Testing for further information on optional placement tests.