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Resources that bolster your academic progress.
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
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:
The Academic Success Center aims to build your skills and increase your academic success through a wide range of academic support services.
The Academic Success Center is home to the Peer 2 Peer (P2P) program. The P2P program enables students to connect with their classmates and form study groups to support each other throughout the semester. During these meetings, students often review notes from lectures, discuss assigned readings and assignments, and prepare for exams. The P2P program is available to any student, in any course.
The Academic Success Center also works closely with other departments on campus to connect students with appropriate resources. Students in need of tutoring for specific Math courses will be directed to the Math Center. For supplemental academic support in specific Science and Technology courses, the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Program is available. The Writing Center is a great resource for students that need assistance with a writing assignment for any course. Lastly, the Spanish Clinic is available for students that need support with Spanish courses.
In addition course- and content-specific support, 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 Worcester State.
Worcester State University offers a variety of testing services for Worcester State students.
Taking a Placement Test at Worcester State University is based on a student's recalculated high school grade point average (GPA) and academic major. Your Academic Advisor will notify you if you need to take a placement test in Math or English prior to your class schedule being created. Placement Tests are available remotely to all students. You will be allowed to take these tests at home. Below is an overview of majors that require a placement test for incoming first-year students and when students will take the test as they begin their academic journey at Worcester State. Transfer students should contact the Testing Coordinator to determine if a Placement Test is needed.
Students with a recalculated high school GPA of 2.7 or higher from the last three years, will not be required to take the English Placement Test at Worcester State and will be placed directly into College Writing I (EN-101). Students below a 2.7 GPA from the last three year will need to complete the Writeplacer/Accuplacer Placement Test. Upon completion of the test, students will also be placed into College Writing I (EN-101). Based on the results, students may also be placed into a co-requisite writing lab to provide additional supports in the first semester.
At Worcester State, the following majors require the Math Placement Test regardless of high school GPA. The timeframe in parentheses is when you will be asked to complete the Math Placement Test. These majors include:
If you have declared one of these majors or are interested in pursuing these academic programs, you will need to take the Math Placement Test.
Students interested in studying Spanish at Worcester State who have previous knowledge of or exposure to Spanish should contact the Director of Spanish Placement, Dr. Elizabeth Osborne, at the Department of World Languages for appropriate placement assessment (firstname.lastname@example.org). The cost-free placement assessment consists of short multiple-choice questions and a brief interview that will allow students with previous exposure to the language to register for courses above SP 101 and/or waive course prerequisites.
Students with a recalculated high school GPA of 2.7 or higher may automatically enroll in Survey of Mathematics (MA 105). This is a college level math course which will satisfy the math requirement in the following majors:
Students may not necessarily take Survey of Mathematics (MA 105) in their first semester, but are encouraged to take this course within the first 60 credits of study.
If your recalculated high school GPA is under a 2.7, you are required to take the placement test in English, regardless of your major.
Note: If you are a student with a documented disability and would like to request accommodations for placement testing you must submit a request to Student Accessibility Services. The Director of Student Accessibility Services may review your supporting disability documentation first in order to approve any placement test accommodations. You may reach Student Accessibility Services at email@example.com or 508-929-8733.
The Academic Success Center offers CLEP exams by appointment to Worcester State students.
Worcester State awards a maximum of 60 credits through the CLEP exam process towards an undergraduate degree. View the list of CLEP exams Worcester State accepts, and course equivalencies.
To prepare for a CLEP test:
To register for a CLEP test:
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.
Our Math Center (Worcester State login required) (Sullivan Academic Center, Room 140) 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:
The Tutoring Schedule is available to add to your Worcester State Google calendar.
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Our Writing Center is located in Room 306 of the Sullivan Academic Center. Staffed by friendly, knowledgeable peer consultants, the center is a space where students have productive conversations about their writing.
All services at the Writing Center are offered free of charge.
For more information about how to schedule an appointment and about the kind of work you will be doing with our trained consultants, visit the Writing Center page (Worcester State login required).