Student Assessment and Placement


Your scores on the reading comprehension, sentence skills (writing), and math portions of ACCUPLACER will determine if you are ready to take college-level courses. Students with lower scores on the placement test may be required to take as many as two developmental math classes and one developmental English classes before taking college classes. While developmental courses help you acquire the skills you need to succeed academically, you should avoid them, if possible. They cost you time and money and do not count toward graduation or transfer.

PREPARE FOR PLACEMENT AND TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. Links to sample questions, study exercises, practice tests, and other aid can be found using the links to the right.


Computer-Delivered Testing
You will take the tests using a computer. A test proctor will always be available if you have any questions or problems.

Answering the Questions
The numbers of questions on the five tests range from 12-20. The questions will appear one at a time on the computer screen. Most questions are multiple choice, and all you will need to do is use the space bar or mouse to select the desired answer. When you have completed the question and confirmed your answer, a new screen will appear with your next question.

Adaptive Testing
Each test is designed using adaptive techniques. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. This technique "zeroes-in" on just the right questions to ask you without being too easy or difficult. The greater your demonstrated skill level, the more challenging the questions that will be presented to you.


Reading Comprehension
Measures ability to understand what you read, identify main ideas, make inferences, and distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.

Sentence Skills
Measures your understanding of sentence structure—what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions deal with the logic of a single sentence, and others with the relationships between sentences.

Elementary Algebra
Measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts: operations with integers and rational numbers, operations with algebraic expressions, and solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems. Based on Elementary Algebra score, student may also be assessed on skills in:

Measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts: operations with whole numbers and fractions, operations with decimals and percents, and applications and problem solving.

College Level Math
Measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts: algebraic operations, solutions of equations and inequalities, coordinate geometry, applications and other algebra topics, and functions and trigonometry.

For more information, visit Accuplacer online.

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