ACCUPLACER & Math Placement

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

ACCUPLACER is a test that provides information about students’ English, reading, and mathematics skills. Due to the fact that the need to test is determined by Admissions, candidates should wait until Admissions receives and reviews all application and transcript material before testing. Similarly, applicants and students must contact Admissions at 404-413-2500 for assistance.

Students who have ACCUPLACER scores from another school should check with Admissions to see whether or not they can use those scores.


ACCUPLACER is available on a walk-in basis.  All of the Perimeter College at Georgia State University campuses (Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton) offer walk-in hours. Students unable to test at a Georgia State University campus should review the information on remote testing.

In order to take the ACCUPLACER exam, a student needs the following:

  • A receipt showing the paid test fee of $20 (for one, two or three areas)
  • A valid government issued photo identification
  • Testing for admissions or placement out of learning support

Retesting is available. However, candidates cannot retest on the same day as the previous test.

Please note: The fee for admissions into Georgia State University’s 4 year programs is currently $28.

Math Placement
The ACCUPLACER exam for GSU is not the Math Placement exam. While the Math Placement exam uses ACCUPLACER as a delivery platform, it is a different exam. It is true that Math placement is taken with any other ACCUPLACER testing, however the exam is only for specific students.  As a result only students eligible to take at least MATH 1001 without any corequisite support course can take Math Placement.  All others are taking ACCUPLACER for GSU. There is no charge for the first time taking a Math Placement exam, and retests for Perimeter College have a $20 fee. The Math Placement exam is offered at the same time as the ACCUPLACER walk-in hours.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Testing information, including scores, is not part of directory information, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).