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 entering WSU.
    • CLEP testing (College Level Examination Program)—A group of standardized tests that assess college-level knowledge in several subject areas and determine the number of college credits to which that knowledge is equivalent.
    • Off-campus test proctoring.
    • Placement testing in English, mathematics, and foreign languages.
    • Tutoring services
    • Undeclared and walk-in advising
    • Workshops for students on advising and pre-registration
    • Workshops for undeclared students
    Testing Services

    If you are attending a college or university elsewhere, but prefer to take your required tests closer to home, we offer placement and CLEP testing services to local residents. To arrange an appointment or for more information, please contact Lisa Lydon at 508-929-8515 or
    Non-WSU Test Proctoring
    We sponsor a group of trained proctors to assist community members attending other schools to complete a variety of exams. The fee for each exam proctored is $30.

    CLEP Testing

    The Academic Success Center offers CLEP exams by appointment, on a first-come, first-served basis to WSU students and non-WSU students.

    If you’re not a WSU student, complete the following steps before you register to take a CLEP exam at WSU:

    • Check with the registrar’s office of your college or university for their guidelines and restrictions.
      • You’ll want to be sure you take the correct exam and that your college or university will accept it for the course(s) you’re seeking to receive CLEP credit.
      • WSU cannot grant CLEP credit or set cut-off (passing) scores for other educational institutions.
    • 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.

    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.

    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. (The cost is $30 per exam for non-WSU test takers and $20 per exam for WSU students. The fee is due when you make your appointment.)

    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.

    Please note: Effective June 1, the Center's CLEP testing service is temporarily suspended.

    Certified Exam Proctoring
    We sponsor a group of trained testing administrators and proctors available for various certified exam companies. The proctor fee is $30 per hour. This proctoring is scheduled upon request.

    Tutoring Services

    The goal of the Academic Success Center's tutoring program is to build your classroom experience and increase your academic success. You can request tutoring in any course you are enrolled in except MA 098, MA 099, or any course that focuses on writing assistance. The majority of our tutors are undergraduate students who are prepared to assist with course content and trained to help with time management, study skills, test-taking techniques, note taking, and stress management.
    Math Lab
    Our Math Lab (Sullivan Academic Center, Room 143) offers assistance to a range of mathematics learners. Housed in the Mathematics Department and run by the Academic Success Center, the lab is staffed with a supervisor and peer tutors during day and evening hours Monday through Friday. It's equipped with several desktop computer stations and a wireless network connection for laptop users. Our offerings include:

    • Skill development for students who have not received a passing score on the Accuplacer Elementary Algebra test
    • Skill refreshment for students who want to become better at math in general
    • Help with mathematical and statistical software used in certain classes
    • Study sessions for math majors

    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.

    Writing Center

    Our Writing Center (Sullivan, Room 306) is staffed by graduate assistants and peer tutors. 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 University faculty
    • Online tutorials for a wide range of technology-based subjects