Academic Resources

  • Academic Support Services

    Here at Worcester State University, we believe that academic support services—like tutoring, computer labs, and advising—are vital to the academic achievements of our students. From your first moment on campus to your final days before graduation, you will find yourself accessing resources, solving problems, and connecting with other members of the academic community through these service centers.

  • Academic Computing
    We provide a broad range of computing resources to our student community. In addition to several departmental labs on campus, you will find an open lab with fully-networked Windows PCs on the third floor of the Learning Resources Center.
    Academic Success Center

    Our Academic Success Center in Room 130 of the Shaughnessy Administration Building empowers you to engage in the Worcester State community and chart a clear path to academic success. Our office strives to facilitate student success through exemplary, holistic advisement, timely and appropriate referrals, and well-coordinated support services, which include:

    • Advising and registration for all new first-year and transfer students
    • Placement testing in English, mathematics, and foreign languages
    • Workshops for students about advising and pre-registration
    • Group tutoring
    Testing Services
    CLEP Testing

    The Academic Success Center offers CLEP exams by appointment to WSU students.

    If you do not attend WSU, check with the registrar’s office of your college or university for their guidelines and restrictions.

    WSU cannot grant CLEP credit or set cut-off (passing) scores for other educational institutions.

    If you’re a WSU student, Worcester State awards a maximum of 60 credits through the CLEP exam process towards an undergraduate degree. View and download the list of CLEP exams WSU accepts and for WSU course equivalencies.  

    Once the computerized exam has been completed and graded, an original transcript will be sent either electronically or through the mail to the institution you designated.

    • Non-essay tests are typically sent out 2 business days after testing.
    • Essay exams are send out approximately 2 weeks after testing.
    • For additional transcripts to be sent, please contact ETS directly at 800-257-9558, and for a fee, they will process your request.

    To register for a CLEP test:

    • Visit the CLEP website and register for the test. The registration cost is $80.
    • Register for a testing date at WSU. Testing appointments are for current Worcester State students only and there is a administration fee of $20 per exam.
       
       Register for a Testing Date

    Note, there is an additional $10 essay charge when you take the American Literature, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, College Composition, and College Composition Modular CLEP exams.

    Tutoring Services

    The goal of the Academic Success Center's tutoring program is to build your classroom experience and increase your academic success.

    If you are a student looking for more support in your coursework, you can take advantage of the Academic Success Center’s variety of tutoring services. The center works closely with academic departments to set up group tutoring for specific courses. These groups are led by peer tutors who are recommended by faculty.

    In addition to group tutoring, students are encouraged to attend academic workshops held in the Academic Success Center. These group sessions focus on effective studying and time management techniques and help identify strategies to achieve success at WSU.

    Spanish Clinic
    The Spanish Clinic (Sullivan Academic Center, Room 141) offers free tutoring services by trained upper-level Spanish majors. Appointments are not necessary, and you are free to use the lab on an informal basis to enhance your listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cultural skills.
    Math Center

    Our Math Center (Sullivan Academic Center, Room 143) services are designed to enhance your learning and success in any course that contains mathematical components. Housed in the Mathematics Department, the center's peer tutors provide a conceptual mathematical understanding that enable students to succeed in courses and complete assignments independently.

    Our drop-in services include:

    • Tutoring for all Mathematics Department courses
    • Assistance for all other courses with mathematical components

    Hours are posted in the Math Center; they are subject to change daily and are scheduled to support specific math classes.

    Writing Center

    Graduate assistants and peer tutors staff our Writing Center (Sullivan, Room 306). Our offerings include:

    • Individual writing tutorials for undergraduate and graduate students
    • Reference material and workshops to help candidates prepare for the Massachusetts Teacher Test
    • Writing across the curriculum
    • Resource material for Worcester State faculty
    • Online tutorials for a wide range of technology-based subjects