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Reading Placement Exam Information

OSU uses the College Board's ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension test for the OSU Reading Placement Exam.  ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate student skills in reading and writing. The Reading Comprehension test, comprised of 20 questions, measures a student's ability to understand what he/she reads, to identify main ideas and make inferences.  Students need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.  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 reading placement and reading remediation. 

Maximum Number of Exam Attempts

Students are permitted two attempts at the OSU Reading 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 reading 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 Reading 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 Reading Comprehension test has a score range of 0 - 120.  Students must score an 80 or greater to satisfy a reading remediation requirement at OSU.  Visit the Reading Placement page for additional information.


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

Accessibility for Students with Disabilities

There are no audio elements in the OSU Reading 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.