Placement Test Information
►PURPOSE OF THE TESTS◄
These are not entrance exams. You have already been admitted to Hawai‘i Pacific University, and test results do not affect admission. You cannot fail placement tests. Your scores are a measure of your educational development in English, mathematics, and/or other areas. They enable us to determine which courses you need in order to progress and succeed in your studies. Because scores do affect your placement, you should try to do your very best.
►ARE YOU EXEMPT FROM TESTING?◄
Depending on ACT, SAT, or other test results, you may be exempt from testing. You MUST check with your academic advisor to determine if you need placement testing. Generally speaking, if you are placing into a math or writing course which is NOT earning general education credit, you are strongly encouraged to attempt to place higher. Moreover, students pursuing math or science-related majors may also benefit from placing into a more advanced math course. Generally speaking, if you are placing into MATH 1101, MATH 1105, or WRI 1050, you are strongly encouraged to attempt to place higher. For more information, please see this informational flyer (CLICK HERE).
New students should contact Admissions (Domestic, International, Adult, or Graduate) to get information on orientation and placement test location and times.
We also highly recommend that you take some time to prepare PRIOR to testing. Placing higher equates to time and money saved, usually $2,000 - $3,000 per class. The following resources should be helpful:
Online Jump Start! Program ($36.30)
Offered through MyFoundationsLab, you are able to purchase access to extensive training materials for 10 full weeks throughout the summer. Modules include a thorough review of math and writing concepts in addition to reading comprehension practice and study skills. Students who participated consistently and regularly last summer were able to achieve significant gains, often jumping up one or even two course levels. More information will be available very soon about this exciting and inexpensive way to Jump Start! your college experience.
Other Free Resources
Information about the computer skills, math, and writing placement exams
A few resources for study guides and practice tests
A good site to review key concepts, especially in math
If you live on Oahu, HPU offers tutoring services throughout the summer to help you prepare for your college placement exams. Come in to the Center for Academic Success (CAS) and work with a tutor to review key concepts. The CAS can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 808-544-9334.
Generally, placement tests for are administered in the Center for Academic Success on the downtown campus (1060 Bishop Street, Floor 6).
►ADMITTANCE TO TEST ROOMS◄
Bring a picture ID to the testing location. Paper and #2 pencils will be provided.
English Placement Test
TIME: 50 minutes
This is an essay typed on a computer. You will be given a short essay prompt and asked to compose a well-organized, cohesive essay of 300-600 words.
Math Placement Test
Total time could range from 1.5 to 2.5 hours. You will be provided paper for making calculations, which will be collected at the end of the test. No calculator is permitted.
Modern Language Placement Tests
TIME: 90-100 minutes
Placement tests are available for French, German, Hawaiian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, and Korean.
CSCI Skills Test
TIME: 70 minutes
Testers achieving a passing score do not need to take CSCI 1011 and satisfy the general education Digital Literacy requirement.
BUS 5000/5100/5200 Examination
TIME: 2 hours
Testers achieving a passing score on a Business examination do not need to take the respective class(es).
MGMT 6100 Challenge Examination
TIME: 2 hours
Testers achieving a passing score do not need to take MGMT 6100.
►ON TEST DAY◄
What should I bring on exam day?
Bring a photo ID. Please keep your form in a secure place until exam day. Test proctors may refuse admittance to those without a photo ID. Do not bring cellular phones, calculators, dictionaries or other aids.
Academic Advising can answer HPU students' questions about scores. The HPU Center for Academic Success does not evaluate or maintain scores. Call the downtown Advising Office (544-1198), Hawai'i Loa Campus Advising Office (236-3578) or Graduate Advising (543-8042).