ACCUPLACER & Study Guides - Testing Hours & Locations

ACCUPLACER Placement Test

All applicants planning to take credit courses must take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test unless they meet certain waiver or exemption requirements. ACCUPLACER scores are good for two years. Please consult the current college catalog, see the Test Exemptions/Waivers section below, or contact the Admissions office at 410-822-5400, ext. 2240 or 2287 for more information.

Pre-Registration Testing

Chesapeake College requires all applicants to take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test. The test assesses your level of readiness for college level math and English coursework and specifically covers Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills, Elementary Algebra, and Arithmetic.  A report containing your score results is available after testing and interpretation of your results is completed during your meeting with an academic advisor.

Test Exemptions/Waivers

Waivers for testing are available to students under any of the following conditions:

  • You have completed transferable college-level English and mathematics courses at another accredited institution with proper documentation.
  • You have a four-year degree from an accredited college or university, and can provide transcripts.
  • You have taken the SAT or ACT and have achieved the following:
    • SAT Critical Reading score of 550 of higher (documentation required)
    • SAT Math score of 550 of higher (documentation required)
    • ACT Composite score of 21 or higher (documentation required)
  • You have taken the following Advanced Placement (AP) tests administered by the College Board:
    • Calculus AB –OR– BC with a score of 3 or higher (documentation required)
    • English Language with a score of 3 or higher (documentation required)

Common Questions:

How will I be tested?
The ACCUPLACER is a non-timed, computerized multiple choice test. The test presents one question per screen with a set of answer choices. After choosing your answer, the test will immediately move to the next question. ACCUPLACER grades each question after it is answered. Therefore, once you have answered a question and moved on to the next question, you will not be able to go back and change your answer. Remember, because the test helps determine whether or not you are ready for college-level courses, a student cannot pass or fail the examination. Depending on how you score, you may be required to take developmental courses to help you prepare for college-level courses. Your academic advisor will help you to select the course(s) that best meet your academic needs.
Is the test timed?
No, ACCUPLACER is not timed. There is no need to worry. It takes an average of an hour and a half to complete all three sections – sentence skills, reading, and math - but you can take all the time you need.
What do I need to bring with me to test?
Every test taker MUST provide a current, valid picture ID prior to test administration and should know his/her social security number.
Should I prepare for the tests?
Studies have shown that studying for the test may help you to achieve higher scores. Please see the following resources to help you better prepare to take the ACCUPLACER:

ACCUPLACER Study Guides and Sample Problems

ACCUPLACER Sample Problems

More ACCUPLACER Assistance

Other Testing Resources

Chesapeake College ACCUPLACER and Placement Testing Information

Do I need to make an appointment to test?
An appointment is not necessary. However, to allow adequate time, you must begin your ACCUPLACER test at least two hours prior to closing. For more information about ACCUPLACER, please contact the Testing Center at 822-5400, ext. 2344. You can also email the Testing Center.  The address for the Wye Mills location is testingWyeMills@chesapeake.edu  and the address for the Cambridge location is testingCambridgeMSC@chesapeake.edu   
Prior to taking the ACCUPLACER, individuals that plan to test at the Wye Mills campus on weekdays should first report to the Information Desk on the first floor of the Dorchester Administration Building to complete testing paperwork. Individuals desiring to test at the Cambridge Center should go to the office and check in with the receptionist. Those wishing to take the test on a Sunday at the Wye Mills campus should report to the Information Desk in the Dorchester Administration Building or to the Cambridge Center on a weekday prior to the Sunday test date. The Testing Center in the LRC will only allow testing for those with completed and signed test forms.
Where and when is the ACCUPLACER given?
The ACCUPLACER test is given at the Testing Center in the LRC on the Wye Mills campus, or at the Cambridge Campus. Details and hours can be found on the Testing Center site.