Placement Test Information


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 (writing), 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.


Depending on ACT, SAT, or other test results, you may be exempt from 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.  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). 


We 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 Leap Ahead 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 Leap Ahead in 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

Tutoring services
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 tutoring@hpu.edu 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).


Bring a picture ID to the testing location. Paper and #2 pencils will be provided.

Accuplacer Digital Literacy Exam
TIME: 70 minutes
Testers achieving a passing score do not need to take CSCI 1011 and satisfy the general education Digital Literacy requirement.

Accuplacer English Writing Exam
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.

Accuplacer Math Placement Exam
TIME: Un-timed
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 Exam
TIME: 90-100 minutes
Placement tests are available for French, Hawaiian, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish.



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.  Results are usually available immediately with rare delays.

Academic Advising can answer HPU students' questions about results.  Contact them by phone (808-544-1198) or email (advising@hpu.edu).