What is the Accuplacer test?
The Accuplacer test is used as a placement test by many technical schools, colleges and universities in the United States.  It measures whether students have the skills needed for study at the institution where they seek admission, or whether they may need to brush-up on some academic skills through “developmental” courses before taking regular college-level classes.

The Accuplacer is called a computer-adaptive test.  This means that the computer responds to how you’re doing on the test questions by giving you more difficult items as the test goes on.  The test is different for each person who takes it, as it draws from a pool of questions of varying difficulty, and how you do on earlier questions influences what questions you get as you move through the test.

The Accuplacer includes sections on sentence skills, reading comprehension, arithmetic, algebra, and college-level mathematics.  There is also an Accuplacer test specifically for English Language Learners, which includes listening, reading, sentence meaning and language usage.

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