Placement Testing

What is Placement Testing?

Shipensburg University's General Education program requires students to 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).

The Shippensburg University Testing Center also provides an optional Reading test for students who are required to take Developmental Reading & Study Skills (RDG 050) and wish to challenge their placement in that course.

Registering for Placement Testing

If you are required to take a placement test, you will have a checklist item in your myShip admissions portal. Clicking on that item will take you to a schedule that will allow you to sign up for a day and time that's convenient for you. We offer placement testing most weekdays at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Some weeknight and Saturday dates are also available. Email or call us (717-477-1014) if you have questions about whether you need placement testing.

On the Day of Placement Testing

  • Arrival: Plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your testing time to sign in, obtain a parking pass, and receive testing instructions; testing starts promptly at the stated time.
  • What to Bring: You must bring a photo ID, Initial Placement Testing Notification Email with your SAT/ACT scores (indicating what placement tests you need), and know your Shippensburg University ID number and Ship email address and password.
    • Student IDs must include: Student name, recognizable photograph, and signature (if applicable). Acceptable forms of ID include:
      • Driver's license
      • High School (must be recent) or College ID
      • State or federal ID card
      • Military ID Card
      • Passport
      • Tribal ID card
      • Naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
      • College Board official ID form
  • Timing: Math and English (Writing) placement tests are untimed. The Townsend Press Reading Challenge test has a maximum time limit of 50 minutes (extended time must be preapproved - please contact testing@ship.edu before the date of your test if you need extended time).
  • Test Materials: We will provide all necessary test materials. Calculators are not permitted.
  • Test Results: You will receive your Math (and Reading) results immediately after testing. Results will then be explained by the Testing Center staff. If further clarification is necessary, contact testing@ship.edu for a more thorough explanation. For students taking the English (Writing) placement test, the student’s placement will be displayed on their myShip account under "My Test Scores" once the English department determines an appropriate placement.

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