Placement Tests

Placement testing is required of all new, transfer, and special students who have been accepted to Gallaudet University.

Like all new students, you will be required to complete an American Sign Language (ASL) Placement Test, but whether you need to take English and Math Placement Tests will depend on your ACT or SAT scores. Scores from Placement Test(s) determine the most appropriate English, math and ASL courses for you.

Even though you have taken the ACT or SAT, there are certain scoring ranges that do not provide sufficient information for appropriate course placement. Unlike the ACT or SAT, the English and Math Placement Tests provide a more microscopic picture of your English and math skills.

Gallaudet’s placement testing coordinator will inform you whether you need to take the English and/or Math Placement Tests. There is no charge for taking any of the Placement Tests. Even though there is no time limit for taking the tests, each test on average takes approximately an hour to complete.

• Reading  (Degrees of Reading Power)–1 hour
• Gallaudet Writing Exam–1 hour
• Math–1 hour
• ASL Placement Test  (required of all students)–45 minutes

Since the tests are offered through your 'my.gallaudet' account, it is critical that you follow the steps outlined in the “Gallaudet User Account” document to activate your 'my.gallaudet' account. You will not be able to take the online tests without this activation.

We strongly encourage you to take Placement Tests before you arrive for the New Student Orientation (NSO) in August but not earlier than March.  Early testing will allow you to get your class schedule before NSO.  In some states,  the Vocational Rehabilitation agency, requires a copy of course schedule before they will grant financial support.

From your home, school, nearest public library or cyber cafe
All the placement tests are online and available from any computer in the world connected to the Internet. You may take these tests any time you wish. You must complete any individual test or part of the ASL test in one sitting, but you don't need to complete all the tests on the same day. If you have a slow connection, the ASL test may be hard to follow.

At Gallaudet - during individual visit to the campus
In some situations, arrangements may be made to take your Placement Tests during your spring or summer visit to the campus prior to NSO week.  Please email the placement testing coordinator at for an appointment.



For more information or inquiries, email the placement testing coordinator at

      About Gallaudet
      2014 Presidential Search
      Campus Photos
      Clerc Center
      Contact Us
      Employment Opportunities
      Fast Facts
      Make an Online Gift
      Maps & Directions
      Media Inquiries
      University Communications
      Visitors Center
      English Language Institute
      Financial Aid
      Graduate Admissions
      Graduate Orientation
      International Admissions
      Professional Studies
      Test Center
      Undergraduate Admissions
      Academics & Research
      Archives/Deaf Collections
      Career Center
      Catalog & Course Info
      General Studies
      Graduate Programs
      Honors Program
      Office of Academic Quality
      Professional Studies
      Registrar's Office
      Research Support and International Affairs
      Undergraduate Majors
      Campus Life
      Bison Shop (bookstore)
      Campus Activities
      Food Services
      Public Safety
      Residence Life and Housing
      Washington, D.C.
      Tools & Resources
      Campus Directory
      Daily Digest
      Help Desk
      Gallaudet Alert-subscribe
      GU Press
      Kellogg Conference Hotel
      Maps & Directions
      People @ Gallaudet
      Shuttle Bus
      Gallaudet University | 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
      Copyright © 2014 Gallaudet University