Placement Testing - General Questions and Answers

So, you still have questions about taking your placement tests at IU Southeast. That's why we're here. Contact our office anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. You can call (812) 941-2312 or email us at your convenience. We'll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

If your questions are about a specific test, we have lots of information for you:

Math Test

Math Placement

Writing Test

Writing Placement

Modern Language Test

Language Placement

If your questions are about testing in general, our office, or rules about testing, read on! Or submit your question to

Q. Can I take the placement tests on the same day as my Orientation session?

A. No. Placement tests must be completed before you attend your Orientation session. If you live far away from IU Southeast or have a scheduling conflict, please call us at 812-941-2312 to discuss options for placement testing.

Q. Do I have to take the writing and math placement tests if I took AP courses in high school?

A. Yes. Most high schools administer AP tests in May, and IU Southeast does not receive AP grade reports until June or July. Go ahead and take the placement tests, and you will be notified in July of any AP special credit earned.

Q. How much time should I plan to spend taking the placement tests?

A. Students proceed through the tests at their own pace. The ACT Compass math test is untimed. Most students complete testing in less than 1 hour.

Q. When will I receive my placement test scores?

A. You will receive your placement test scores when you meet with an Academic Advisor during your Orientation session.

Q. Can I register for a class before I receive my placement test scores?

A. Generally not. In almost all cases, placement tests must be completed prior to registration for classes. Talk to an admission counselor or an academic advisor if you want to register for a course before you receive your placement test scores.