The Office of Admissions
Placement Test

What is a placement test and how do I know if I need to take one?

In the event a student does not meet the following criteria, they will be required to complete the Accuplacer placement test:

For a student who has not attended any colleges and has graduated from high school or received a GED:

If the student has a score less than an 18 in the English and/or Reading (less than 470 on the ER+W on the SAT), and/or less than 22 in the Math subsections of the ACT (less than 550 on the SAT), they will be required to take the placement test. Students that have a subset score in the Math section between 18-21 will take the Intermediate Algebra paper test administered by the Academic Resource Center, in addition to the regular Math placement test if requested.

Transfer students/Readmit students:

Those students transferring to HSSU with less than 30 transferable credit hours are also required to take the placement test. If the student can provide their ACT/SAT scores that meet the admissions requirement or an official transcript where college-level English and/or College Algebra have been passed with a C or higher, they will not have to take the placement test. Students that have passed Intermediate Algebra with a C or higher will automatically be placed into College Algebra.

The placement test is offered daily between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (unless otherwise stated.) Students who need to take the placement test must report to the Office of Admissions fifteen minutes prior to the test time. Anyone taking the placement test must bring a valid photo ID. Placement test appointments may be made on the school website at or by calling 314-340-3300.

Remote testing is available for out-of-town and out-of-state students at through the Academic Resource Center. Some technology capabilities may be required.  Please contact Ms. Deborah Wright-Carter, Harris-Stowe State University Test Coordinator at 314-340-3685 or e-mail