English & Math Placement Assessments

To ensure that you are prepared to succeed in college-level courses, you will need to take the English and mathematics placement assessments before registering for your first semester at GMercyU.  

You can access the placement assessments by following the instructions below. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email arcplacement@gmercyu.edu and someone will respond promptly.

You are exempt from taking the respective placement assessment if you meet one of the following exemptions: 

  • A score of at least three (3) on the Princeton Advanced Placement Test in English (Language and Composition) and/or mathematics (Calculus or Statistics)
  • Transfer credits for college-level English composition or college-level mathematics courses (earned grade of C or better) through the official acceptance of transfer credits by the Registrar’s Office at Gwynedd Mercy University
  • If you took the SAT after March 2016 and received a score of at least 35 in the reading test and a 680 in the mathematics test
  • If you took the ACT test and received a score of 29 or higher on the English or mathematics test

The English and math placement assessments are untimed. Students with documented disabilities who need accommodations other than extended time should make their needs known to Accessibilities Services by emailing Brandi Crawford at crawford.b@gmercyu.edu.

Instructions

To start your placement assessments, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1. Open your web browser to: https://blackboard.gmercyu.edu

Step 2. Login with your username and password

This was provided to you in an email from admissions, if you do not remember your username and password, please contact your admissions counselor.

Step 3. Once you have logged in, click on the Placement Assessments for 2020 Fall on the right side of the screen under the My Courses section.

Step 4. You will see the Placement Assesment links in Green on the left side of the screen:

Helpful Information 

  • The computerized placement assessments include objective questions in mathematics, as well as a written essay.
  • Assessments are untimed; retests are not permitted.

Sample placement assessments for review (courtesy of ACT/Compass):

Numerical Skills/Pre-algebra Test Sample (PDF)
Answer Key (PDF)

Algebra Test Sample (PDF)
Answer Key (PDF)

Trigonometry Test Sample (PDF)
Answer Key (PDF)

Reading Information (PDF)
PA Writing Scoring Guide (PDF)