The mission of Testing Services is to assist the university with assessment services to admit and retain the students who attend Alcorn State University. College entrance and placement tests and other forms of assessments are vital to a student’s first two years to e ffectuate student learning outcomes. Testing services not only include planning, administering, and scoring tests and assessments, but also interpreting results, maintaining strict confidentiality, and properly securing test documents. The Office of Testing Services values world-class customer service.
Standardized Tests Administered
ACCUPLACER - is a computerized placement test mandated by Mississippi's Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) for students who do not meet one of the four admissions standards to enroll in any of its eight public universities. The suite of tests determines a student’s knowledge in math, reading and writing. Students granted admission as Over 21 will take this test to determine if there is a need to enroll in intermediate level courses.
American College Test (ACT) - is the leading US college admissions test, measuring what students learn in high school to determine their academic readiness for college. The ACT Information and Registration Bulletin is only available online. For the most current and comprehensive resources for test takers, click on the commonly used links listed below.
ACT Residual - residual testing is provided for ACT-participating colleges to administer the test to enrolled, admitted, or applicant students who were unable to test on a National ACT date . Individuals who wish to take the ACT Residual must have an application for undergraduate admission on file. Results of the test are reported only to the institution administering the test. Students taking the ACT Residual may not repeat the test within a sixty-day period. This sixty-day exclusion applies to all Residual ACT testing, even if the previous Residual exam was conducted at a different institution.
Placement Test - students age 21 and over, who have met Alcorn State University's admissions requirements, but need to be tested to determine their skill level, will take this test. Academic advisors use the results of the assessment to enroll these students into a math, reading, or writing course. The ACCUPLACER is used for this purpose.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - is an admissions requirement for most graduate schools in the United States. The exam aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of time. Alcorn State University administers the GRE Subject tests ONLY! The GRE Information and Registration Bulletin is only available online. For the most current and comprehensive resources for test takers, click on the commonly used links listed below.