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How Does ACCUPLACER Work?

ACCUPLACER test questions are based on your responses to previous questions. Questions will either increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how you respond. ACCUPLACER tests are untimed; however, it is important to allow yourself enough time to complete the test since test results are a key factor in determining the course(s) you can enroll in. ACCUPLACER test results are available immediately following your test.

ACCUPLACER assessments are delivered in multiple-choice format with the exception of the WritePlacer, a written essay assessment. All tests are untimed to allow you to focus and comfortably demonstrate your skills while answering questions.

ACCUPLACER assessments are computer-adaptive. Questions are selected based on your skill level; in other words, your response to one question determines the difficulty level of the following question. You are encouraged to give each question as much thought as you wish before selecting your final answer. 

 

What ACCUPLACER Tests do I need to successfully complete to demonstrate college readiness?
 

English  

Sentence Skills Test

The Sentence Skills test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your understanding of sentence structure — what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, and others with the relationships between two sentences.

Use the following link below, “Sentence Skills Content Areas” for a comprehensive review of what the sentence skills content areas focus on.

 

Reading Comprehension Test    

The Reading Comprehension test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.

Use the following link below, “Reading Comprehension Content Areas” for a comprehensive review of what the reading comprehension content areas focus on.

 

Math  

Arithmetic Test

The Arithmetic test, comprised of 17 questions, measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are three types of Arithmetic questions:

  • Operations with whole numbers and fractions: topics included in this category are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.
  • Operations with decimals and percent: topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also given.
  • Applications and problem solving: topics include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

Use the following link below, “Arithmetic Content Areas” for a comprehensive review of what the arithmetic content areas focus on.  

 

Elementary Algebra Test 

The Elementary Algebra test, comprised of 12 questions, measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts. There are three types of Elementary Algebra questions:

  • Operations with integers and rational numbers: topics include computation with integers and negative rationales, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • Operations with algebraic expressions: topics include the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
  • Solution of equations, inequalities, word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

Use the following link below, “Elementary Algebra Content Areas” for a comprehensive review of what the elementary algebra content areas focus on.