Students are required to take a reading test if he/she has

  • an ACT Reading score 19 and below or
  • an SAT score below 480 in Critical Reading if taken prior to March 2016 or
  • an SAT score below 25 on the Reading Test if taken from March 2016 forward

Effective January 1, 2017 the University of Kentucky has selected the ACCUPLACER testing system to evaluate students’ skills in reading.  Students may choose to take the ACCUPLACER test on UK’s campus or at a pre-approved testing center that is more convenient to the student. A score of 244 on ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Reading demonstrates college readiness in reading.

International students who do not meet the above testing standards are required to complete the ACCUPLACER ESL test offered during International Student Orientation. To schedule your placement test, please visit:

To schedule an appointment to test on campus, click here. Tests are held in the basement of W.T. Young Library Room B – 108A.  The placement test is free but there may be a fee to park on campus. 

To schedule an appointment to test online with Examity or remotely at a testing center close to home, click here.  Once the placement office has processed your request, you will receive a confirmation email that contains your unique voucher number, registration information and remote test site information. You must take the voucher to the Remote Test Site or online testing session in order to test.

Testing Study Strategy: If you need to take the placement test, we want you to do your best and encourage you to practice prior to taking the test. Download the FREE ACCUPLACER study app at


Retest Policy

If you aren’t satisfied with your initial score, you may retest once.  We will use your highest score for placement.  Students enrolled in UK 125 are not eligible to take or retake the ACCUPLACER Reading test.

Want to know more about ACCUPLACER?  Please visit our Reading FAQs by clicking here