The test is not timed and takes about 2½ to 3 hours to finish.
You can save the Accuplacer ESL test during any multiple choice section. You must complete the essay section once started.
Once you begin your test you will have 14 days to complete.
You should meet with your Admissions Advisor (new students), Educational Planner (continuing students) or International Counselor (international students) to discuss your options and determine the best test opportunity for you. They will also give you a Testing Request Form to bring to the Testing Center.
The PAA is only required for students taking the TSI Assessment.
If you receive test accommodations through San Jac's Accessibility Services, those accommodations can apply to your Accuplacer ESL testing as well. Please contact your Accessibility Services Counselor to work with your campus Testing Coordinator so that we can ensure your needs are met.
If you are eligible to receive accommodations but have not yet applied, please see Accessibility Services for more information.
You can use free official study materials supplied by Accuplacer.
The Continuing Professional Development Office also offers preparatory support. Please check with their office for availability.
The Testing Centers offer walk-in Accuplacer ESL testing during our regular office hours. You do not need to schedule an appointment and will be seated on a first come, first served basis. While the Testing Centers will make every effort to accommodate you, seating is limited. Please plan ahead to ensure your test needs are met.
When you are ready to test, you will need to bring the following items in order to be seated:
- Your photo identification card (driver's license, student ID, etc.)
- Your Testing Request Form
- $30 for the retest fee (retesting only)
All other belongings are prohibited. Electronic devices, including all cell phones and smart watches, must be left outside of the testing lab. Other personal belongings must be stowed as well. Storage lockers are available but limited.
If you are retesting, you will pay at the Business Office before starting. Show them your Testing Request Form and bring back your form, receipt and photo ID to test.