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English Placement Exam Information

OSU uses the College Board's ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test for the OSU English Placement Exam.  ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate student skills in reading and writing. The Sentence Skills test, comprised of 20 questions, measures a student's understanding of sentence structure--what makes a sentence complete and clear.  Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, and others with the relationships between two sentences.  The test is untimed, though most students complete the exam within an hour.  Students are not allowed access to any additional materials, websites, or other unapproved aids when taking the exam.  At OSU, this exam is used for English placement and English remediation. 

Maximum Number of Exam Attempts

Students are permitted two attempts at the OSU English Placement Exam.  Additional attempts beyond two require approval from the Director of University Assessment and Testing.

Exam Retakes and Preparation

Students must wait a minimum of 24 hours between exam attempts. Students wishing to improve their scores and English skills are encouraged to use the free ACCUPLACER Official Web-Based Study App and/or the ACCUPLACER Study Guide for Students.

Exam Administration

Students who need to take the OSU English Placement Exam must schedule an appointment at the OSU Testing Center in Stillwater or the OSU-Tulsa Testing Center in Tulsa in order for their scores to be valid for remediation and placement purposes.

Exam Score for Remediation

The ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills test has a score range of 0 - 120.  Students must score an 86 or greater to satisfy an English remediation requirement at OSU.  Visit the English Placement page for additional information.


The cost of the OSU English Placement Exam is covered through student assessment fees.

Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

There are no audio elements in the OSU English Placement Exam, and the exam is untimed. Screen reader technology is available within the ACCUPLACER platform. Use of the mouse is required, and it is not possible to print out the exam in advance due to the computer-adaptive nature of the exam. A human assistant is permitted for students needing assistance using the mouse.  For additional questions please contact Student Disability Services.

Additional Information

More information on the ACCUPLACER system is available on the ACCUPLACER website.