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The ACCUPLACER placement test has three parts: Reading (20 questions), Math (12 to 32 questions), and Writing (20 questions).  All test subjects are untimed, multiple choice, and computer-based.  It is recommended that testers allow 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the test. 

Access free ACCUPLACER study materials at (Select "Classic Practice Tests")

Outside materials and personal calculators cannot be used on the test.  A calculator icon will be available in the test platform for use on specific math questions.  Scratch paper and pencil will be provided. 

Scores are valid for two years.  Students may be waived from one or more placement test subjects if they have successfully completed college courses in English and math or have qualifying ACT or SAT scores.  (See below for equivalences.)

Test takers must complete a Triton College application before taking the placement test.  A valid ID with the test taker's name and photo is required to test.  There is no fee for the first attempt.

 Placement testing is done on a walk-in basis in the Learning Resource Center (A Building), room A-126.  No appointment is required. 

Click here for the Triton College Placement Scale  


In addition to ACCUPLACER, all first time college students are required to take Success Navigator.  Other students are highly encouraged to take the assessment.  It can be completed at the Triton College Testing Center or remotely (off campus).  Instructions for completing Success Navigator remotely can be found in the student portal under “quick links.” 

Success Navigator an untimed assessment measures a student’s strengths and areas of opportunity.  Success Navigator results help the college better serve and prepare students for success.  Results may affect academic placement.  It is strongly recommended that you have your ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA available for this assessment. 

 Click here for more information on Success Navigator


Test takers are allotted one retest per year, per ACCUPLACER subject, any time after 7 days from your first test date.  A retest fee of $10.00 per subject (or $25.00 for all three subjects) must be paid to the cashier's office prior to testing.  Bring your receipt to the testing office as proof of payment.  There is no retesting for Success Navigator.



Students may be exempt from the one or more placement test subjects if they meet any the following requirements and submit the required documentation.

  • ACT scores: English (20 or higher), Mathematics (23 or higher), and/or Reading (20 or higher) within the last two years
  • SAT scores: Reading (27 or higher; 500 or higher prior to March 2016), Writing (27 or higher; 500 or higher prior to March 2016), Reading and Writing (480 or higher on Evidence Based Reading/Writing), and/or Mathematics (550 or higher/27.5 or higher) within the last two years
  • Grade of “C” or higher in a college level English and/or Mathematics course from a regionally accredited institution (Also waived from Success Navigator requirement)
  • AP scores (3 or higher): English and/or Mathematics
  • IB scores (4 or higher): English and/or Mathematics
  • Illinois Seal of Biliteracy in English Language within last three years 

Click here for the placement test waiver form