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Office of First-Year Programs
Ben Trapanick, Director, First-Year Programs
Dwight Hall Room 116

Ashlee Givins, Assistant Director, First-Year Programs
Orientation Coordinator
Dwight Hall Room 116

Attention: The last day to test prior to the start of the fall semester will be Monday, August 10, 2015.  There will be no other opportunities after this date until the start of the fall semester.  Dates during the Add/Drop period will be posted in late August 2015.

For a list of courses at area colleges that offer equivalent courses to Framingham State University's non-credit MATH 095 General Mathematics course, please click here. Prior course approval from the Framingham State University Mathematics department is not needed to enroll in any of the courses included on this list. A grade of C- or better is required for the math placement to be considered satisfied. To update your placement score, please bring the transcript to First-Year Programs located in Dwight Hall Room 116 and the score will be updated. As is the case if students were enrolled in MATH 095 General Mathematics at FSU, no credit will be awarded for completing the course. This only satisfies the math placement requirement and allows students to enroll in any 100-level mathematics course.

What is placement testing?

Proper course placement is important in fostering the academic success of college students. In order to ensure that students enroll in courses that match their individual skill levels and prior preparation, the Massachusetts Division of Higher Education has mandated that all new students take placement tests in reading, writing and mathematics. Framingham State University uses the Reading Comprehension test and the Elementary Algebra test. These tests are provided by Accuplacer, a division of the College Board, and are administered by computer.  The writing test is designed by our English Department and is completed off-site, usually from the student's home, and done during a specific time frame.  In addition, due to University requirements, some students are asked to take the modern language placement test to determine proper placement in a foreign language course.  The results of this test are also immediate.

Who must take placement tests?

Placement testing is required of all entering matriculated students unless they have:

  • taken the ACCUPLACER test at another institution.
  • transfer credits in college-level English or math.
  • a score over 500 on the SAT – Critical Reading to waive the reading test.
  • a score over 600 on the SAT – Critical Reading to waive the reading and writing test.
  • Completion of level IV of one foreign language.
  • The letter you receive from the FSUs Placement Testing Coordinator will explain your individual placement testing requirements.

When will the testing take place?

Students have the opportunity to take the mandatory placement tests prior to the start of each semester. Incoming students who have submitted their deposits to Framingham State University will be sent information about the tests they have to take and asked to register for a test date that is convenient to them. Results of the math, reading comprehension and modern language placement tests are provided immediately. Students will be provided the results of the writng test at their respective orientation sessions.  Retesting opportunities will be available during the summer and each semester.

What happens if a student does not pass one or more of the placement tests?

To see interpretation of Placement Code click here.

Future success at the University is by no means determined by performance on these placement tests. Nevertheless, your performance on the tests will determine the classes for which you may register. If test scores show deficiencies, students may not be able to register for college-level writing and/or math courses.

If a student does not achieve a satisfactory score on a placement test, there are three options:

1. Students who score significantly below the cut-off points should take appropriate remedial courses. Ideally, this should be done before a student starts courses at Framingham State University, although sometimes that may not be possible.

2. Students who score sufficiently close to the cut-off score may participate in intensive workshops at Framingham State. Upon completion of these workshops, held during the summer, students will again be tested for their mastery of the material.

3. Particularly self-motivated students who are close to the cut-off scores may choose to study on their own and retake the tests at a later time. Appropriate review materials for the Math placement exam are available below.

Can students prepare for the mandatory placement tests?

At one level, no. Placement tests assess established degrees of academic skills mastery achieved over the span of a new or transfer student's previous educational experience. However, students should carefully read the materials on the remaining Placement Testing webpages. This packet will include descriptions of the tests and sample questions, as well as suggestions for achieving optimal performance.

What if I have a documented disability for which I will need some form of accommodation during placement testing?

Framingham State University strives to remain in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you do have a documented disability that requires accommodation during testing situations, our disability services providers will grant requests for reasonable accommodations well in advance of the actual placement testing. Note: the Reading Comprehension and Mathematics tests are always given in an untimed setting. No documentation is required for that accommodation.

Please take these tests seriously. Your performance will determine whether you can begin your college career by taking all college-level courses or whether you will need to spend some time (and possibly money) in review.

If you have questions, please call 508-626-4905 or e-mail

Students are only allowed one placement retake for mathematics. 

For a test prep review click on the links below:

(Studyguidezone offers a thorough PDF study guide as well as other resources, and it's free. Just be sure to scroll down the page to access free study materials.)

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Framingham State University

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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220