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Testing for the Fall semester will begin mid-March.

Details about testing will be sent to you from the DUS office at University Park beginning in mid-March. Your acceptance fee needs to be paid before you can test.  A postcard will provide you with the testing website and you will be given a deadline date to complete these tests. If for any reason you do not complete the tests by your deadline date, you will need to contact the Advising Center at 570-450-3194 to request an extension.


Tests are administered in the areas of mathematics and chemistry.


The results of the required testing component serve several purposes:

  • Placement – The results are used to determine your appropriate starting levels in mathematics and chemistry course sequences. Please take these tests seriously and do your best.
  • Basic Skills – The results are used to identify any weaknesses in basic mathematics.

The relative importance of each of these tests, which were developed by Penn State's academic departments in cooperation with University Testing Services, will vary according to your program of study. However, you should do your best on these tests because the results will specify at what level you will begin in those subject areas, i.e., whether you will need to take remedial work, whether you can start at a regular beginning level, or whether you can begin at an advanced level.

Those students who do not take these tests seriously, generally find themselves in lower level courses.