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Placement Testing

Placement Testing


Placement Testing Information for New Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

All newly admitted students who plan to enroll beginning in the fall semester of 2019 will receive information from the Admissions Office by email regarding placement testing.   Placement testing is administered for both Writing and Mathematics.  Any incoming fresmen with an adjusted high school GPA that is less than 2.7 will be required to take both writing and math placment tests.  In addition, students accepted into majors which require pre-calculus are also required to take a math placement test, regardless of their high school GPA.  Any student who requires placement testing will be notified by the Admissions office  that testing is required and will be asked to reserve a spot an an upcoming placement test through an online portal.  Once a student registers for placement testing, they will receive an email from the Placement Office with more details about what specific tests they will need and some helpful  online resources which provide information about the tests.   

 Transfer students in need of placement testing will be notified by the Registrar's office or an assigned academic advisor by email.  

If you have been notified that you need to take a  placement test/s, you can reserve a spot at an upcoming  placement test accessing the online Admissions portal by clicking here.

Students who live far away may opt to find a placement testing center closer to their home.  It is the student's responsibility to contact remote placement testing centers and make arrangements for testing if they choose to test elsewhere.   Students must pay any fees associated with remote testing.   All placement tests given at Fitchburg State University are free of charge to students.  For a list of other Massachusetts schools where placement testing is offered, click here.

Placement tests must be completed before a student attends summer orientation.  Transfer students must complete any required placement testing before they can register for fall classes. 

The schedule for upcoming placement tests is listed below:

Date Time
Saturday  April 27, 2019 9 a.m.
Saturday  May 4, 2019 9 a.m.
Monday  June 3, 2019 9 a.m.
Thursday  June 6, 2019 9 a.m.
Tuesday  June 11, 2019 9 a.m.
Wednesday  June 12, 2019 9 a.m.

Additional placement testing dates will be posted for July and August, once summer orientation is completed in June.


Placement Testing for Current Fitchburg Students

The University is currently establishing new policies regarding placement testing. Until these policies have been finalized, all math placement test opportunities are suspended.

The Placement testing office routinely sends email notifications to current students about upcoming placement testing opportunities. Any current student who needs to take a placement test or re-take a placement test should read these email notifications and reserve a spot at an upcoming placement test using the online portal provided in these emails. Students are permitted to re-take any placement test one additional time.  

Placement Testing Location:

Testing Sites - Hammond 101, Library Instruction Lab, or the Tutor Center located in the Hammond Building room 306 (depending on test date)


Chris Coffin
Director of Peer Services, Testing and Placement
Phone: (978) 665-4136

Ellen Hughes
Support Staff
Phone: (978) 665-3499