Incoming students who live a considerable distance from the BSU campus (50 miles or greater) may opt to take their placement tests remotely, at a qualified institution of their choice. If you live within 50 miles of campus, you must come to BSU to take your placement tests. To take advantage of this service and arrange a remote placement testing session in your area, click on each of the buttons below, review the guidelines, and follow the steps.
You will complete your remote placement testing in two parts:
- Compose a writing placement essay from home, on your own time, and submit it to BSU. We will e-mail submission guidelines and instructions to you after you submit to us your Student Request for Remote Testing.
- Schedule an appointment with a qualified institution close to you to take the ACCUPLACER math placement tests. You must complete all testing at least seven business days before your orientation date.
Students may only take their placement exams remotely at the following types of institutions:
- Community Colleges
- Trade/Technical Schools
- High Schools
- Military Bases
- Professional Testing Centers
We recommend visiting the National College Testing Association's official website and using their Consortium of College Testing Centers lookup tool to attempt to locate a college testing center near you; however, this tool is not a complete list of colleges and institutions that provide this service, so you may need to locate and contact schools individually. If you have any questions, or would like to know if a particular institution is qualified to administer the exam, give us a call at 508-531-1780.
- Research, locate, and schedule an appointment with an acceptable proctor themselves;
- Provide complete, accurate information on their Student Request for Remote Testing form;
- Schedule their remote placement testing appointment at least seven business days before their orientation date;
- Compose a writing placement essay from home, and submit it to BSU before their remote placement testing appointment.
- Present a current, government- or school-issued photo ID to their proctor on test day;
- Pay any administrative fees required by their designated proctor;
- Refrain from using any electronics (including cell phone, calculator, tablet, etc.) and notes during the exams;
- Follow all protocol outlined by the proctor on test day.
- Communicate using an institutional e-mail system (no GMAIL, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.);
- Have computers that are connected to the Internet;
- Use an Internet browser that is able to display pop-ups;
- Have computers that pass ACCUPLACER's technical requirements;
- Provide a secure, quiet testing space with minimal distractions;
- Provide a proctor who has no conflicts of interest with the test taker (cannot be a friend, family member, etc.)
- Ensure that a proctor is on-duty at all times during the test session;
- Follow all protocol outlined in the Proctor Security Agreement and proctor instructions.
To arrange a remote placement testing session, follow these five steps:
- Contact the qualified institution of your choice; ask if they proctor Internet-based exams from other institutions; and ensure they can abide by our institution's requirements (see the Student & Institution Requirements section). If they can, schedule an appointment with them. Your appointment must be a minimum of seven business days before your orientation date.
- Download, complete, and submit the Student Request for Remote Testing Form to firstname.lastname@example.org for review.
- We will then send a Proctor Security Agreement form to the institution you listed on your Student Request for Remote Testing form, which they must complete and submit to us. Allow several business days for your institution to process and return this form.
- Once we receive the completed Proctor Security Agreement form, we will e-mail the ACCUPLACER test instructions to your designated institution within one business day. We will only release the test instructions and materials once your designated institution has submitted this form.
- Before attending your remote placement testing appointment, compose your writing placement essay at home, on your own time, and submit it to us. The Admissions Office will begin sending New First-Year Student Checklists in early April to students who have submitted their deposit. This checklist will provide essay submission guidelines instructions.
- Arrive on your scheduled exam date to take your ACCUPLACER math placement tests. Upon completion, your ACCUPLACER scores will be uploaded automatically to your student record. Once you have submitted your writing placement essay and completed your ACCUPLACER tests, you are ready for orientation.