Freshman Placement Testing

NSQ and Placement Testing Requirements

The New Student Questionnaire (NSQ) and Placement Testing (English and Mathematics) are required for all incoming students.

Some students will also be required to take the Foreign Language Placement Test (see the Foreign Language question below). The online Placement Testing system contains detailed information, including sample questions, how to prepare, and the length of each test.

PLEASE NOTE: Only the Office of Undergradute Admissions may grant exemptions from taking required Placement Tests.

Accessing the Online Placement Testing System

Deposited students may begin Online Placement Testing April 1st (for summer and fall students) and November (for winter and spring students) by following the link in The Next Steps Channel of their TUPortal (under the Student Tools tab).

At this time, you will receive an email from our office directing you to the link. If you pay your deposit after April or November, the tests will be available 2 to 3 business days after the deposit is received and processed.

If you mailed your deposit to the University please allow at least 14 business days to receive the email.

PLEASE NOTE: The email is sent to your Temple TUmail account.

Foreign Language Placement Testing

Freshmen who previously studied a foreign language and are not transferring a credit-bearing, college-level foreign language course are required to take the Foreign Language Placement Test if they are:

  1. in a Bachelor of Arts program in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, or Tyler School of Art
  2. a Communication Sciences major within the College of Health Professions and Social Work
  3. an International Business Administration major within the Fox School of Business and Management
  4. or interested in taking a foreign language course at Temple

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Can I Prepare for Placement Testing?

The Placement Testing website has more detailed information about the Math, English, and Foreign Language Placement Tests. The Placement Testing website does not contain the link to the Online Placement Testing system. You must access the site through The Next Steps Channel of TUPortal.

When can I complete my placement tests?

The online placement testing system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week beginning in November (for spring admits) and April (for fall admits). We strongly recommend you complete the placement testing as soon as possible.

Can I fail the placement tests?

Students cannot fail placement tests, but doing well may reduce the number of courses needed for your degree. The results will be used to place students in the appropriate course level for English, Math, and Foreign Language courses.

When do I receive my results?

The results of the tests will be emailed to students' TUmail email accounts. The results can take anywhere from 1 week to 2 months to receive. A separate email will be sent for each test (Math and English). Results for Foreign Language placement tests are not emailed to students.

If you do not receive the email prior to orientation, please ask your academic advisor during the academic advising portion of your Orientation Session.

How do I request accommodations for placement testing?

If you require accommodations for placement testing, please read the Students with a Disability website and follow the instructions for receiving accommodations PRIOR to completing your placement testing.

Do students admitted into the University Honors Program or the Russell Conwell Center Program have to complete the Placement Tests?

Yes, all incoming freshmen students must complete the Placement Tests. The scores on your tests will not change your admission status into the Honors or Russell Conwell Center programs.