The Academic Testing Center (ATC) is located on the 2nd floor of the Ham Library building, room 220, next to the elevator.



Friday, August 16th

Labor Day, September 2



Accuplacer Testing: Monday through Friday 9am-5pm, closed 12-1pm

CLEP testing: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am and 2pm





To make an appointment, contact the Academic Testing Center (ATC)  by email at testingcenter@rc.edu, or by telephone at 248-218-2137, or stop in the Academic Testing Center which is located on the 2nd floor of the Ham Library Building in room 220 next to the elevator.


Please note – email appointment requests are the preferred method – the response time is more timely.  Phone calls go to voicemail when students are in the ATC testing.

Photo ID is required on test day as proof of identity such as Driver’s License or student ID.  Please also arrive on time for the scheduled appointment, and be considerate of other students who are testing by entering the room quietly.





Students may take exams in the ATC after documented accommodations are approved by the RU Accommodations Officer, or when a test is missed due to an institutional absence or other absence with instructor approval.

  • An appointment must be made at least 24 hours in advance of requested date/time of testing (earlier is best).
  • When requesting an appointment, be sure to provide your full name, course name and/or number, the name of the instructor, and the date/time you would like to make your appointment (see testing hours).
  • Be sure to coordinate the test appointment with your instructor.  Faculty must approve the appointment, submit a Test Request form, and provide the exam for your test appointment.
  • Please Note – there is no guarantee that an appointment will be available at the time/date requested.  Appointments are approved as availability allows – an alternate appointment date/time may be required.



Who May Benefit From Accuplacer Testing

Accuplacer exams are placement tests that help determine which course a student should be placed in according to the student’s ability to pass the class successfully.  A student may be placed in a remedial math and/or English course that will not count toward a degree when the student’s ACT or SAT scores do not meet the minimum requirement for a higher level course at Rochester University.  In this situation, the student has the option to take one or both Accuplacer exams.  Upon receiving a qualifying score, the student may be placed into a higher level course which can save time and tuition expense.


The $25 per test fee must be paid before testing.  Visit the Cashier’s Office located in the Associates Campus Center (CC) building, or call 248-218-2053 to pay by phone with a credit card.  Receipt must be shown as proof of payment at testing appointment.


If you wish to request special accommodations for the placement tests, contact the Academic Testing Coordinator at 248-218-2137 or testingcenter@rc.edu, or the Rochester University Accommodations Officer, Allyson Stinnett, at 248-218-2011 or accommodations@rc.edu.  Proper documentation will be required to be granted accommmailto:astinnett@rc.eduodations.


WritePlacer Essay Writing Test:

WritePlacer assesses the writing skills of new college students. Test scores help colleges determine whether a student is ready for college-level coursework or would benefit from developmental instruction before taking credit-bearing courses. Students taking WritePlacer are presented with a prompt and asked to write an essay of 300 to 600 words. A prompt consists of a short passage. Following the passage is an assignment that requires the student to focus on the issue addressed in the passage. WritePlacer prompts are carefully designed to allow the student to respond quickly and in a variety of ways. They are free of technical or specific literary references and don’t require specialized knowledge. The prompts are designed to stimulate critical thinking and are relevant to any number of fields and interests. Students will be asked to draw on a broad range of experiences, learning, and ideas to support their point of view on the issue in question.  Scores on WritePlacer range from 1 to 8. An essay that is too short to be evaluated, written on a topic other than the one presented, or written in a language other than English will be given a score of zero.

WritePlacer gives students an opportunity to show how effectively they can develop and express ideas in writing. Students will first read a short passage and an assignment question that are focused on an important issue. Students will then write an essay in which they develop a point of view on the issue. Students should support their position with appropriate reasoning and examples. The position students take will not influence their score. The essay will be given a holistic score that represents how clearly and effectively the students expressed their position. The following six characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Purpose and Focus – The extent to which information is presented in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.
  • Organization and Structure – The extent to which ideas are ordered and connected.
  • Development and Support – The extent to which ideas are developed and supported.
  • Sentence Variety and Style – The extent to which sentences and paragraphs are crafted to demonstrate control of vocabulary, voice, and structure.
  • Mechanical Conventions – The extent to which ideas are expressed using Standard Written English.
  • Critical Thinking – The extent to which a point of view is communicated and reasoned relationships among ideas is demonstrated.

Writeplacer Test Scores and Course Placement Fall 2019:

Score of 0-1 Placement: Admission is not recommended

Score of 2-3 Placement: ENG 1003 Basic Writing

Score of 4 Placement: ENG 1114 Composition A with Workshop

Score of 5-7 Placement: ENG 1113 College Composition A

Score of 8 Placement: ENG 1123 College Composition B


Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics Math Test:

The Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics placement test is a computer adaptive assessment of a student’s ability for selected mathematics content. Questions will focus on a range of topics including computing with rational numbers, applying ratios and proportional reasoning, creating linear expressions and equations, graphing and applying linear equations, understanding probability and set notation, and interpreting graphical displays. In addition, questions may assess a student’s math ability via computational or fluency skills, conceptual understanding, or the capacity to apply mathematics presented in a context. All questions are multiple choice in format and appear discretely (stand-alone) across the assessment. Scores on the QRAS test range from 200-300.

The following knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Rational numbers
  • Ratio and proportional relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Linear applications
  • Probability and sets
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Geometry concepts

Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics Test Scores and Course Placement Fall 2019:

Score of 200-224 Placement: MAT 0101 Pre-Algebra

Score of 225-249 Placement: MAT 1003 Beginning Algebra

Score of 250-269 Placement: MAT 1103 Intermediate Algebra or MAT 1203 Survey of Math

Score of 270-300 Placement: MAT 1334 Pre-Calculus



  • 1 retest is allowed
  • Wait period of at least 1 week to retest
  • Student must pay the test fee to retest

Remote tests:

Testing at a remote test site is available for students who live outside of Michigan or are located a great distance from the Rochester University campus.  In addition to the RU test fee the remote testing center may also charge an administrative fee.  Contact the ATC for more information.


To access your test results or find free practice resources visit the Accuplacer website with the following link:


Click on the “Information for Students” tab to get to the Student Portal.

Click on “Practice Resources” to view the “WritePlacer Guide with Sample Essays” and/or the “Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics Sample Questions”.

Click on “Your Accuplacer Score Report” to access your test results.






Rochester University offers credit for successful completion of selected CLEP exams.  Students must attain the CLEP standard passing score to receive credit.  Students may not seek CLEP credit for courses which they failed in regular attendance or by examination at Rochester University.  All CLEP tests must be completed by the end of the student’s second semester enrolled at Rochester University.  In addition, credit may not be granted for an exam taken during a student’s final semester.

Making an appointment at Rochester University:

Fees and Payment Method:

  • CLEP TEST FEE:  The $89 fee must be paid online through the CLEP website before exam appointment.   
  • Before purchasing a CLEP exam, check with your advisor to be sure the course/credit is needed for the degree you are seeking as CLEP TESTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.  Also, it is best to schedule a test appointment with ATC as soon as possible after purchasing exam as EXAM VOUCHERS EXPIRE AFTER 6 MONTHS. To register and purchase exam, visit the College Board/CLEP website at https://clep.collegeboard.org/ to create an account using the My Account feature.  After signing up for a CLEP exam on My Account, a registration ticket/voucher is issued to confirm the CLEP exam purchase.  This voucher # is required in order to test on appointment day.
  • ROCHESTER UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION FEE:  Rochester University charges a $50 test administration fee.  Payment must be made to the Business Office Cashier located in the Associates Campus Center building prior to the test appointment, and the receipt must be presented to the Test Administrator as proof of payment at test appointment.
  • Credit Posting Fee:  A $40 per credit hour fee for posting credit to the RU student’s transcript will be charged to the student’s account after the Registrar has received an official CLEP score report with a qualifying score from College Board/CLEP.

What to Bring on Testing Day:

  • Payment Receipt: Bring receipt from the Business Office Cashier as proof of payment.
  • Photo ID: One form of ID that includes a photo and a signature must be presented for testing.
  • Ticket/Voucher Number:  The ticket/voucher can be printed from the website to bring to the student’s test appointment; however, the voucher number is all that is required in order to take the test.
  • Do not bring any electronic device to the testing center – they are strictly prohibited.

Study Guides and Helpful Information:

  • CLEP tests are computerized exams.  Students will receive a test score report immediately following an exam with the exception of the College Composition exam which has a 2-3 week grading period.
  • Rochester College does not accept credit for the College Mathematics CLEP exam.
  • Practice tests, and other valuable information regarding CLEP exams may be viewed using the following link: http://clep.collegeboard.org/ – select the “CLEP for test-takers” in the upper right hand corner.
  • Study guides are also available for use in the Career Services office.

CLEP Contact Information:


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