Testing & Placement
Everything you need to know about placement testing for new students.
Placement Tests are closed and will reopen on March 4, 2024.
About the Tests
Now that you have been admitted to Rutgers–New Brunswick, you will need to take placement tests to determine your preparedness in a subject area (math, English, world language).
The placement tests serve a different purpose than standardized exams and tests in school. Accurate results are important, since they are used to select appropriate courses based on the skills you bring to college. As you complete your tests, do your best independent work but do not stress about the outcomes. You cannot fail the placement tests and the results have no impact on your admission to Rutgers.
Requirements for Students
First-year students must complete required placement tests within 30 days of accepting your offer of admission to Rutgers (unless awaiting accommodations processing by the Office of Disability Services). Students must complete all required tests to attend an academic planning and advising program and submit their course requests.
If you accepted your offer of admission prior to March 1, you have until March 30 to complete testing. Students who accepted their offer of admission while the testing cycle is closed have 30 days to complete testing once it reopens.
- English placement testing is required for all incoming first-year students, unless exempt. All students will also complete an in-class writing sample in the first week of the semester to confirm the placement test results.
- Math placement testing is required for all incoming first-year students, unless exempt.
- World language placement testing is required for all:
- School of Arts and Sciences students (including Honors Program and Honors College students)
- International students who plan to study their first language (other than English) at Rutgers
- Students in the Honors College through the Rutgers Business School
- Students in any of the following other schools intending to continue studying a world language at Rutgers: Rutgers Business School, School of Engineering, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and School of Nursing
Note: You should only test in a language with which you have experience. Students planning to start studying a new world language at Rutgers should NOT take the test in that language.
Transfer/continuing students should only complete placement tests if advised to do so by a Rutgers University advisor, or if indicated on their transfer summary/credit evaluation.
If you are exempt from any placement test, you do not need to inform us if you've sent all relevant scores to Rutgers. Scores sent with your admissions application do not need to be resent. If you are waiting for scores or have not sent them yet, you should take the placement test.
Please register with the Office of Disability Services and receive approval for accommodations (e.g. extra time, reader, scribe) before testing. Tests can only be taken once, with the exception of the math placement test, which can be taken twice.
Do not take any placement tests if your accommodations process is not yet complete. Test attempts cannot be reset once you access the test. Testing deadlines will be extended accordingly for students awaiting accommodations – the 30-day and 72-hour deadlines do not apply in these instances.
Questions? Contact Us
If you have questions about placement tests, please email email@example.com. Although email is the best way to reach us, you can also call 848-932-0573.
Helpful Tips When You Email Us
- Only use your official Rutgers email address to email us.
- Include your nine-digit RUID number.
- Include screenshots when possible.
- If you are having issues with a placement test, please specify which test.
- Consider that updated placements take 1-2 weeks to process and appear in the student portal.
- Please do not resend your email.
We recommend you familiarize yourself with the format of each test by reviewing the information and sample questions linked below. Because these tests are used to register you for appropriate courses, we encourage you to do simply do your best work at the level that is typically comfortable for you. We want your time at Rutgers to be successful and accurate placement will enable that.
The English test consists of the following four sections and students have 90 minutes to complete it:
- A short language questionnaire (5 minutes)
- An essay (20 minutes)
- Reading comprehension (35 minutes)
- Sentence sense (30 minutes)
The math test consists of up to 30 open-ended questions and is adaptive, meaning your answers determine subsequent questions. Three hours are allotted for the test and most students take 60-90 minutes to complete it.
The math test is the only placement test that can be taken twice.
Before you start the test, a tools tutorial will show you how to enter the answers. During the test, an on-screen calculator will be provided when required. Scrap paper is permitted.
The world language test format, and time requirement, varies by language. Most world language tests can be completed online while a few are only offered in-person.
You must take your placement tests on your own and your answers must be based on your own accumulated knowledge and skill in that subject. This is important so that we get a fair assessment of your abilities and place you into classes where you can succeed. An incorrect placement may result in a lower GPA, repeated coursework, and a delay in your graduation. Cheating on the placement tests is a violation of the university’s academic integrity policy and may result in disciplinary action.
Reference materials cannot be used during any placement testing. No books, cell phones, or calculators are allowed. An on-screen calculator will be available when required. Scratch paper is permitted and must be discarded after you complete your tests. Test materials may not be copied or shared, as they are the copyright of Rutgers University or McGraw Hill.
Once you begin a test, you must complete that subject within the allotted time; you cannot pause the test. If you finish any section early, you may go back to review your answers, or you may submit your answers and move to the next section.
You may do all required tests consecutively, or you may take a break between subjects. Once you submit your first placement test, please complete the remaining subjects within 72 hours.
Be sure you are feeling well and that you have a strong, secure, and reliable internet connection when taking your tests. You must use a laptop or desktop computer to complete your tests – no cell phones.
If you encounter a problem while taking a test, do not continue or submit the test. Stop testing and email us with the following information:
- Your NetID
- Your RUID number
- A description of the issue
- A screenshot if possible
Even if you don’t know your placements, you should still register for and attend your advising day. Your placements will also be available to your advisors to guide your course selection.
An English placement status of “DPT” indicates departmental review. Once the English placement test is reviewed by the writing program faculty, your placement will be updated.
If you are placed into a course for which you sent qualifying AP scores through CollegeBoard, don’t worry. Your academic deans will be able to see that before creating your schedule.
Here, you'll find detailed (and conveniently printable) PDFs for each of our placement tests: Math, English, and World Language. Click the hyperlink to open a handout, and be sure to read it thoroughly.
Placement Test General Info (formally "Bulletin")