Rutgers Placement Tests and Advising

The Rutgers Placement Tests are designed to provide information about a student's skill level in the English writing, English language and reading comprehension, and in mathematics. The test results will be used to place students in the courses and sections appropriate to their level of preparation. In some cases, those may be noncredit, developmental courses. It is extremely important that you take these placement tests seriously because the results can have a major impact on your registration for some courses (e.g., Biology and Chemistry). Because these tests are used to determine your classes, you should prepare for them carefully and take them seriously. A Placement Testing Information Bulletin is available online. This resource contains examples of strong and weak essay responses and sample math problems. It is essential to review the math formulas because NO CALCULATORS will be allowed in the math exam.

Placement tests in Writing, English, and math must be completed at before you can register for classes at Rutgers. We highly recommended early placement testing for all students. Students who complete placement tests by the end of June will have better access to desired classes and laboratories; and will have a much smoother transition into Rutgers.

Information for Out of State and International Students

International and out-of-state students, who live 200 or more miles away, who are unable to come to campus, can arrange to take Rutgers placement testing at a distance. Ask a guidance counselor or other school official, if they would be willing to oversee (proctor) your Rutgers Placement Testing and ask him/her to write a short note on school letterhead to Ms. April Pagano, Testing and Placement administrator at Rutgers. This letter should state his/her willingness to test you at your current school. It should also include your name and RUID, indicate whether you wish to complete the paper test or the electronic test, and provide proctor contact information (name, title, address, email, etc.).

The note should be faxed to Ms. Pagano at 732-932-1268 or emailed:

Two weeks after testing call the Office of Academic Programs - SEBS to arrange a day and time for academic advising.

Information for Students Seeking Testing Accommodations

If a student has a learning or physical disability that would prevent him or her from taking the tests under standard conditions, or is currently entitled to extended testing time (or other testing modifications) under ADA/Section 504 in High School, he or she should seek accommodations to take the tests at an alternate time. You should not attend a scheduled testing day. All accommodations are serviced through the Rutgers Office of Disability Services. You will need to complete the online Registration Form, schedule an intake interview, and upload your documentation to the website, email it to, fax it to Fax #: 732-932-1755, or bring it to your intake appointment.