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If you are a student applying for entry into a specific program offered at Kapiʻolani CC:
The following programs REQUIRE the ACCUPLACER test, not EdReady.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Dental Assisting (DENT)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Medical Assisting (MEDA)
  • Adult Residential Care Home Operator (ARCH)
  • Nurse Aide
  • Phlebotomy
  • Pharmacy Technician

Please follow the procedures below to take your placement test.

1.  Contact your academic advisor for a placement referral

Students who are eligible for direct placement into Math and/or English courses through Alternative Placement are exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER placement test(s). Your academic advisor will assist you in this process before referring you to take the ACCUPLACER placement test. Determine your student status and contact the appropriate individual or office listed below:

Your student status.  I am a/an Contact Person / Office E-mail
New or First Time Student First Year Experience (FYE)
Running Start / Early College / Dual-Credit Student Sheldon Tawata
International (F-1) Student Honda International Center
Transfer or Returning Student General Counseling / Academic Advising
Continuing Student with no declared major Maida Kamber Center
Continuing Student with a declared major Contact your program or major advisor for assistance

2. Got a referral? Schedule your ACCUPLACER test:

  • Appointments must be scheduled at least two (2) calendar days (or more) prior to your desired test date.
  • Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to schedule an ESOL/ESL Placement Test Appointment.
  • Availability is limited and seats fill up quickly.
    Contact the Testing Center at 808.734.9144 for more information about future test availability.
  • After you schedule your test, you will receive an e-mail confirming the date and time of your testing appointment.

3. On your scheduled test day

  • If you or someone you are in close contact with is sick, please don't come to campus and stay home.
  • Arrive 10 - 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • Bring the following:
    • A photo ID (Drivers license / permit, State ID, Military ID, School ID, Permanent Resident Card, etc.)
    • A pen or pencil
    • A face mask (optional, not required)
    • Re-testing fees $25 (if applicable) are payable by cash only.  Exact amount is appreciated
  • Scratch paper will be provided


> How do I cancel or reschedule my test appointment?

Please contact the Testing Center by e-mail ( or call 808.734.9144 during normal business hours.

> What is your retesting policy?

There is no charge for a student's first attempt in each section of the ACCUPLACER test (Math, WritePlacer, and/or ESL Reading & ESL WritePlacer).

If a student needs to re-test in one or more sections of the ACCUPLACER beyond their first attempt, they shall be assessed a re-test fee of $25 for each re-test session, regardless of the number of sections taken during that re-test session.

The highest of all active (non-expired) test scores shall be used to determine a student's final placement.

Exemptions: Students are exempt from paying re-test fees as long as their previous test scores for the sections they are re-testing in are expired.  Test scores expire two (2) years from the date the test was last taken.

Additional Information: Current and archived (expired) ACCUPLACER scores may be used for placement into Math or English courses. 

As of July 1, 2023, there have been no updates or changes to this guidance.

Last Reviewed: 7/31/2023