COMPASS

ACCUPLACER

The COMPASS college placement test has been discontinued by ACT as of November 30, 2016. The University System of Georgia has adopted ACCUPLACER as its admissions and placement test.

ACCUPLACER Testing at the Atlanta Campus is by appointment only. There is no walk-in testing at this location. Please see “Registering for the Test” below for more information.

The University System of Georgia has adopted ACCUPLACER as its admissions and placement test. Please see the ACCUPLACER pages for more details on the ACCUPLACER Test. Students who took COMPASS at Georgia State University may still pick up an official score report. Contact your campus testing center location to request that these scores be sent to another institution.

Admissions Testing for Nontraditional Applicants
Online registration for ACCUPLACER on this site is for nontraditional applicants to Georgia State University only. Registration requires a Panther ID number, not a social security number. Students can complete the requested information to determine their admission status. If the application is recent, the Panther ID number may not be available.

Please contact Admissions at 404-413-2500 for assistance.

There is not a limit to the number of retesting attempts that a non-traditional applicant to Georgia State University may have. However, there is a minimum 30-day period required between retest attempts.

ACCUPLACER assessments include reading, writing and mathematics. The number of sections an applicant is required to take is determined by Admissions upon review of application and transcript material.

Test Day
Candidates should bring one valid government issued identification with photo, such as a driver’s license, passport or permanent resident, state or military identification card.

Registering for the Test
Applicants must register online for a testing appointment. Please note: Applicants will still need to register for a COMPASS test (select COMPASS from the Menu) to take an ACCUPLACER exam. A Panther ID number issued from Georgia State University is required for online registration. Do not use a social security number. The testing fee of $28 is payable at the time of registration. The testing fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once registration dates and times are confirmed, if the test taker cannot attend on the selected date and time, fees will not be refunded, nor will the registration date be transferred.

Carefully read the information below before registering for the test. Students who are not applicants to Georgia State University who register on this online site will not receive a refund of the registration fee.

Frequently Asked Questions:

The test questions are multiple choice and will be administered on a computer. Questions are answered one at a time, and there is no opportunity to return to a previous question. Elementary Algebra will have 12 questions. College Level Math and Reading Comprehension will each have 20 questions. Preceding each section, the computer will provide a set of instructions describing the test format and information on how to navigate through the test.
The ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Essay is timed at 60 minutes by the computer. Any other test section is untimed. The time will vary from person to person based on the number of sections a person takes, the number of questions per section and how long a person takes to responds to the questions. Most students will finish in about 30-45 minutes per area, excluding WritePlacer. Sessions beginning at 9 a.m. will be terminated no later than 12:45 p.m. Sessions beginning at 1 p.m. will be terminated no later than 4:45 p.m. Appointments for completion may be made, if necessary.
ACCUPLACER scores are submitted to Admissions in a batch within 72 hours of testing. Admissions will then require some time to evaluate the scores with other application data and make any necessary determinations. Applicants will be notified in writing of the admission decision sometime during the month following submission of their scores.
No. Pencil and paper will be provided, and the test screen allows access to an online calculator for the mathematics section.
The questions will start with algebra: integers and rationals; algebraic expressions; linear equations and inequalities; and factoring. If most questions are answered correctly, the test may continue with additional questions in more advanced algebra and trigonometry. If the applicant is admitted, the score from the mathematics section will also be used for placement purposes.
Sample problems for parts of the ACCUPLACER may be viewed at the College Board. Additionally, College Board has a free study app available for use. Alternative sites for assistance with math preparation may be found at PurpleMath.