What is the Accuplacer Math test?

The Accuplacer mathematics battery is broken into three tests: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College-Level Mathematics. The three tests are given on computer and are adaptive. If you get questions correct, your next question will be from a more difficult pool and if you get a question wrong, the next question will be from an easier pool.

You need to do well on the Arithmetic to move to the Elementary Algebra, and you will need to do well on that test to move to the College-Level Mathematics. Each test is different, so there is not a set number of questions that you will need to get correct to move on.

The Arithmetic test covers questions involving calculations and problem solving with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents. It will have 17 questions. You would likely need to get about 12 correct to be given the Elementary Algebra test.

The Elementary Algebra test will cover materials including calculations with positive and negative rational numbers, radicals and exponents, evaluations of algebraic expressions and solving of algebraic equations and inequalities. It will consist of 12 questions and you would likely need to get about 8 questions correct to move on to the College Mathematics test.

The College-Level Mathematics test will include questions involving simplifying algebraic expressions, solving systems of linear and quadratic equations, coordinate geometry including graphing equations and inequalities, complex numbers and trigonometric and logarithmic equations. It consists of 20 questions of which you would likely need about 12 correct to move out of developmental classes in a community or technical college.

When taking the Accuplacer test, you may not use any notes.  Use of a personal calculator is not allowed; however, an on-screen “pop-up” calculator is available on some Accuplacer math items.  There is no time limit for completing the Accuplacer Test.

Last modified: Thursday, 25 February 2016, 2:01 PM