Placement Testing

Proper course placement is important in fostering the academic success of college students. In order to ensure that students enroll in courses that match their individual skill levels and prior preparation, the Massachusetts Division of Higher Education has mandated that all new students take placement tests in reading, writing and mathematics. Framingham State University uses the Reading Comprehension test and the Elementary Algebra test. These tests are provided by Accuplacer, a division of the College Board, and are administered by computer. The writing test is designed by our English Department and is completed off-site, usually from the student's home, and done during a specific time frame. In addition, due to University requirements, some students are asked to take the modern language placement test to determine proper placement in a foreign language course.  

After you deposit, you will receive a letter from the Office of First-Year Programs that will explain your individual placement testing requirements.  If you have taken the Accuplacer tests, please have the scores sent to for verification.

A Writing Placement testing is required of all entering matriculated students unless they have:

  • Transfer credits in college-level English.

Foreign Language Placement testing is required of all entering matriculated students unless they have:

  • Completion of level IV of one foreign language.
  • Transfer credits in a foreign language course.

Math Placement testing is required of all entering matriculated students unless they have:

  • Taken the ACCUPLACER test at another institution.  Accuplacer scores should be sent to 
  • Transfer credits in college-level math.

Please note, ACCUPLACER Math Placement testing is required of all STEM majors (those majoring in Biology, Chemistry and Food Science, Computer Science, Food and Nutrition, Mathematics, Nursing, or Physics and Earth Science) unless transfer credit for a math course in the Algebra/Calculus sequence has been awarded.

Students who are not STEM majors do not have to take the math placement test if transfer credits in math have been awarded.

All students are eligible for the introductory level math course your major requires. However, if you have not met the requirements above, you are only eligible for a math class with an attached 2-hour per week Math Lab Emporium tutorial. The placement test will determine if you can place out of the tutorial and even place into a higher level math course, if it is needed.

Students have the opportunity to take the mandatory placement tests prior to the start of each semester. Incoming students who have submitted their deposits to Framingham State University will be sent information about the tests they have to take and asked to register for a test date that is convenient to them. Results of the math test are provided immediately and modern language placement tests are available several days after completing the test. Students will be provided the results of the writing test at their respective orientation sessions. Retesting opportunities will be available during the summer and each semester.

To see interpretation of Placement Code click here.

Future success at the University is by no means determined by performance on these placement tests. Nevertheless, your performance on the tests will determine the classes for which you may register. If test scores show deficiencies, students may not be able to register for college-level writing and/or math courses.

If a student does not achieve a satisfactory score on a math test:

Students are encouraged to retake the math test. All students are allowed one retake of the math test. Students should review the material on their own, hopefully using the review materials available to all students on the placement testing website as well as the Math Workshop found on Blackboard. All students who are asked to take the math test have been enrolled in the Blackboard math workshop. Students who do not receive a satisfactory score will be required to take part in the Math lab Emporium that is attached to the major required/suggested credit-bearing math course. A satisfactory score will exempt the student from the Math lab Emporium. 

You will find materials for the math tests by clicking on the appropriate links on the left. Students asked to take the math placement test have been enrolled in the Blackboard Math Workshop automatically. You can find it in your Blackboard site under My Courses.

Framingham State University strives to remain in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you do have a documented disability that requires accommodation during testing situations, our disability services providers will grant requests for reasonable accommodations well in advance of the actual placement testing. Note: the Reading Comprehension and Mathematics tests are always given in an untimed setting. No documentation is required for that accommodation.

If you have questions, please call 508-626-4907 or email