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:

    • A First-Year Advising Program that provides individual and group advising to all new first-year students in the summer, fall and spring of their first year at Worcester State.
    • Advising and registration for all new transfer students as they begin their first semester.
    • Advising for students who are undeclared.
    • Advising related to academic probation, transitional advising and exploration of new majors or minors.
    • Placement testing in English and mathematics.
    • Administration of the CLEP exam. For more information visit https://clep.collegeboard.org/
    • Academic support services to assist students in individual courses.
    Academic Support Services

    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.

    Testing Services

    Worcester State University offers a variety of testing services for Worcester State students.

    Placement Tests

    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.

    English Placement Test

    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.

    Math Placement Test

    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:

    ProgramMath Placement Test Completion Timeframe
    BiologySummer
    BusinessFall
    BiotechnologySummer
    ChemistrySummer
    Communication Sciences and DisordersSummer
    Computer ScienceSummer
    EconomicsFall
    Early and Elementary EducationSummer
    Environmental ScienceSummer
    GeographySummer
    MathematicsSummer
    NursingFall
    Occupational TherapyFall
    Public HealthFall

    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.

    Recalculated GPA of ≥2.7

    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:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Communication
    • English
    • Health Education
    • History
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Urban Studies
    • Visual and Performing Arts

    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.

    Recalculated GPA of <2.7

    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.

    Accommodations for Placement Testing

    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 sas@worcester.edu or 508-929-8733.

    CLEP Exam

    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:

    • Review CLEP's Information for Test Takers, which provides exam descriptions, information about how to prepare, and what to expect on exam day.
    • Use free online resources, such as Modern States.org, which has designed online courses taught by faculty from universities across the country in each of the 33 CLEP exam subject areas. Students can logon and complete these courses at their own pace prior to registering and taking a CLEP exam.

    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.

    Spanish Clinic
    The Spanish Clinic (Worcester State login required) 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 (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:

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

    The Tutoring Schedule is available to add to your Worcester State Google calendar.

    Add Schedule to your Calendar

    Writing Center

    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).