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Assessment Testing

The Department of Higher Education requires all public institutions of higher learning to administer assessment tests to all incoming freshmen. The goal of the program is to properly place students in first-year math and English courses so that all students experience academic success. Students' assessment results will have a direct impact on their first-semester courses. Students CANNOT complete their first semester schedule until assessments are completed. Each admitted freshman is required to complete assessment testing at Orientation. Testing requirements are based on your academic major, and will appear on your Orientation confirmation.

Testing requirements & SAT/ACT Scores

Required tests depend on your major and SAT/ACT scores. UMass Lowell applicants are given the option to submit SAT/ACT scores to complete the application. In the event that applicants choose the "No Test Option" on their application, we will ask you to submit a screenshot of your SAT/ACT scores and email them to: Please remember to include your name and scores in the screenshot. Students who do not submit their SAT/ACT scores will be required to take up to 3 tests to determine their course placement.

Unfortunately, we do not accept Accuplacer scores from other universities, institutions or college preparatory courses. UMass Lowell faculty has created college-based assessments that introduce concepts required to succeed in each program. Our assessments are unique and updated annually. By sitting for these assessments, each incoming freshman will be appropriately placed into courses for their first semester on campus.

Students who have a documented learning disability should contact the Office of Disability Services via email at or call 978-934-4574. Testing administrators will be unable to provide individualized academic accommodations until this office has been contacted.