Placement Testing

Placement for Degree Seeking Students

Degree seeking students who are 20 years old or under are required to have an ACT score.  Students who are 21 or older may take a placement test.  Students with scores that are more than two years old will be required to take a placement test to obtain a more accurate picture of their current knowledge.

Currently, Shawnee uses the Accuplacer test as our placement testing tool.  Students may:

  • Drop into the Student Success Center on Tuesdays 8am-5pm and Thursdays 12pm-8pm to take a placement test.  No registration is needed for these days.
  • Register to take the placement test on the 1st Saturday of the month (excluding Saturdays that fall during holidays when the university is closed) by calling Kelli Smith at (740) 351-3076 or emailing

Students must bring a photo ID and know their social security number to take the Accuplacer test.  All tests must be started 2 hours before the ending of testing that day.

Before taking the placement test, students are encouraged to prepare for the test by taking a practice test so that they are familiar with the format and the type of questions students will be asked.  To take a practice Accuplacer test, go to

Shawnee State uses the Reading Comprehension, WritePlacer Essay, and Elementary Algebra/College Level Math sections of Accuplacer to determine placement.

Placement testing will not be done during orientation.  Students are expected to have all of their placement testing completed before they attend orientation.

Placement for Non-degree Seeking Students

Students who are not pursuing a degree but wish to take classes at Shawnee, specifically College Credit Plus students, may take a placement test; however, Shawnee prefers that students have an ACT score if the student is 20 years of age or under.  College Credit Plus students must be college-ready in either math or English AND reading to participate in the program.

To Appeal Math, Reading, or English Placement

Students who feel they have been misplaced based on their ACT sub-scores in math, reading, and/or English may appeal their placement by contacting Kelli Smith at (740) 351-3076 or

Student Success Center

Contact Information

Shawnee State University
Student Success Center
Massie Hall, 1st Floor
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 351-3594

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