All students entering programs, whether they plan to take courses full-time or part-time, are required to take ACCUPLACER® placement tests to determine college-readiness in certain subjects. If you have subject-specific transfer credits or meet the SAT requirements, you can be waived from taking some placement tests. If you think you’re eligible to be waived, you must submit official documentation to the NHTI Admissions Office prior to placement testing. If you’re not waived, you are required to take ACCUPLACER® before registering for classes. Contact the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at 603-230-4027 to make an appointment to take any required tests and to register for courses. Please allow a full half-day for testing and registration.

You will not be able to register for courses until you have completed placement testing. Tuition deposits are required prior to registration for those accepted into the following programs: Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing (RN and LPN-RN options), Orthopaedic Technology (degree and certificate), Paramedic Emergency Medicine, Radiation Therapy (degree and certificate), and Radiologic Technology.

Please note: Non-matriculated students and students in certificate programs do not need to complete placement testing.

SAT Scores

Students who submit SAT scores no more than five years old may be waived from taking certain placement tests. A Math SAT score of 530 or higher places a student directly into college-level Math and waives the student from taking the math placement test. A Critical Reading and Writing SAT score of 480 or higher waives a student from taking the reading placement test. An Essay SAT score range of 6 – 8 places a student directly into college-level English and waives the student from taking the writing placement test. All SAT scores should be submitted to Admissions prior to or at the point of acceptance in order to better facilitate registering for first semester courses.

Preparing for ACCUPLACER® 

It’s important that ACCUPLACER® scores accurately represent your skills and knowledge. ACCUPLACER® offers tools and resources to help you prepare for the tests.

You can sharpen your academic skills by answering sample test questions in reading, writing, and math. This exercise is especially helpful if you have been away from school for more than a year.

ACCUPLACER® Sample Test Website
iPhone ACCUPLACER® Study App
Web-based ACCUPLACER® Study App

Online Study Guides

Retesting Policy

You can retake all or part of the ACCUPLACER® placement test after one month. 

Frequently Asked Questions


ACCUPLACER® tests your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. As part of the enrollment process at NHTI, these tests help identify your strengths in each subject area. Our academic advisers and counselors use ACCUPLACER® test results along with your academic background, goals, and interests to help select courses that match your skill level to give you the best opportunities for success.

If your ACCUPLACER® scores that are more than three years old, you are required to retake the placement test again. 

How does ACCUPLACER® work?

The online test questions are based on an individual’s responses. Questions increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how you answer. ACCUPLACER® tests are untimed, so you can move at a comfortable pace. The results are the key factor in determining the courses you can take. The results are available immediately.

Do the scores count? 

Yes! The scores help identify your academic strengths and challenges, and assist you and your academic advisor in course selection. Students who are placed at the correct course level, with an appropriate course load relative to their non-college responsibilities, are more likely to succeed in courses, complete the program, and enter the career of choice.

When should I schedule my tests?

You are required to test before registering for courses. Testing appointments can be made throughout the year. At the moment, we offer remote math placement testing. To schedule an appointment to test, call the ACE at 603-230-4027.

Is there a cost for placement testing?

No, we do not charge you for placement testing.

How long do the tests take?

Plan on 2-3 hours for testing, depending on how many tests are required and on the individual’s math skills and reading ability. If you have a disability and wish to request accommodations, please notify the ACE when scheduling testing.

What if I do not live close to NHTI?

If you live outside of the NHTI geographic area and need to take a computerized placement test at another location, contact ACE at 603-230-4027 or for help locating a local testing center.