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The Accuplacer Admission test for Post-Traditional Learners is a comprehensive computerized admission, placement and diagnostic assessment instrument. Northern Kentucky University administers the Accuplacer Admission Test for non-traditional learners who are 21 years of age or older for admission and placement purposes. The Accuplacer Admission test for Post-Traditional Learners can be used in lieu of ACT and SAT scores for admission into the university.
Please remember: High school students submitting Accuplacer and/or COMPASS Placement Test scores will NOT be admitted based on these scores. High school students will be admitted based on ACT and/or SAT scores.
The Accuplacer Admission test is used as an admission and placement test for NKU. If you are admitted to the university and score within the placement testing range on the Accuplacer Admission test, you have the option to take the free Placement Test, which is different from the Accuplacer Admission test. This must be done BEFORE you register for classes. Please visit the Placement Tests page for information on the test and how to register.
Important Note to Students: Please be aware that the College of Education and the Biology Department have selective admission requirements at NKU which do not accept Accuplacer Admission test scores for admission purposes. The Nursing department does accept the Accuplacer Admission test with certain restrictions. Please contact these offices prior to registering for the Accuplacer Admission test. The Residual ACT, National ACT, or SAT scores may be acceptable for programs that require selective admission.
If you wish to retake the Accuplacer Admission test, you must wait 30 days in between exams.
The registration fee of $45 must be received at the time of scheduling your test date. This fee is non-refundable. If you wish to reschedule, you may do so without a charge 7 days prior to your scheduled test date. If you reschedule after the 7-day grace period, you must register and pay the fee again.
To view available days and times, register, and pay online, please click the "Register Now" button below.
Please create an admission application to NKU at least 24 hours in advance of your Accuplacer Admission test appointment.
Grant County Students: Please contact Grant County for information before registering.
(859) 824-3600 email@example.com
Testing Services has instituted a fee waiver process. Students who are experiencing extreme finanial hardship may request a waiver for their Accuplacer Admission test fee by submitting the following:
Students will not be eligible to complete the Accuplacer Admission test until the fee is paid or waived, so please return the requested documentation as soon as possible.
Your request will be reviewed and a response will be sent to you indicating whether or not the request was approved within 3 business days of receiving all required documents.
Students who live an hour, or more, away from NKU may wish to take their Accuplacer Admission Test at a test center near them. To do so, please click on the registration link and choose "Remote Accuplacer Admission Test." The fee is $35.
Before registering, please locate a center you wish to test at. You'll be asked to provide location name and contact information during registration. If needed, please use the below link to locate pre-approved testing centers.
Once your registration has been received, we will contact the test center of your choosing to administer your test. You will recieve a follow up email confirming your information has been received at your local test center.
To prepare for the Accuplacer Admission test please visit the Accuplacer website, https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students.
We suggest approximately two hours for testing. Accuplacer will compute your scores upon your completion. Since Accuplacer is computerized, please be aware that once you have gone on to the next question, you may not return to a previous question. However, you may spend as long as you need on each question because there is no time limit. The number of questions in a particular area depends upon each person's level of proficiency in that area.