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ACCUPLACER

The ACCUPLACER placement test is a suite of tests that quickly, accurately and efficiently assess academic skills to help students select appropriate college courses. These tests help identify your strengths and needs. The ACCUPLACER is an untimed, online test and the questions increase or decrease in difficulty depending on your answers. It is important to give yourself enough time to do your best and to complete the test because your results are the key factor in determining the courses you'll take. Results are available immediately.

You can prepare for the ACCUPLACER.

Call one of our offices:

Hamilton: 513.785.3139 ask for Debbie

Middletown: 513.727.3440 ask for Rhonda

We will assist you in getting the practice test questions for your test.

(The information below is taken from the ACCUPLACER.org website.)

Writeplacer

One portion of the ACCUPLACER is called the WritePlacer, which measures your ability to write effectively. Your writing sample is scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a complete message to your reader concerning the stated purpose of the writing prompt. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize and support your ideas, not the position you take on the topic The following five characteristics of writing are considered when scoring your test:

  • Focus: the clarity with which you maintain your idea or point of view
  • Organization: the clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas
  • Development and Support: the extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and present supporting details
  • Sentence Structure: the effectiveness of your sentence structure
  • Mechanical Conventions: the extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

The WritePlacer prompt consists of a short passage from a text. Following that is an assignment that asks the student to focus on the issue addressed in the passage. Prompts are free of technical or specific literary references and require no specialized knowledge. Students are asked to draw on a wide range of experiences and ideas to support their point of view on the issue. 

Scores on the WritePlacer portion of the ACCUPLACER range from 1 to 8. An essay that is too short to be evaluated, written on a topic other than the one presented, or written in a language other than English will be given a score of zero. 

To view some example questions of this test, go to the Sample Test.

Reading Comprehension

The Next-Generation Reading placement test is a broad-spectrum computer adaptive assessment of test-takers’ developed ability to derive meaning from a range of prose texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas (including literature and literary nonfiction, careers/history/social studies, humanities, and science), writing modes (informative/explanatory, argument and narrative), and complexities (relatively easy to very challenging). Both single and paired passages are included. The test pool includes both authentic texts (previously published passages excerpted or minimally adapted from their published form) and commissioned texts (written specifically for the test). Questions are multiple choice in format and appear as both discrete (stand-alone) questions and as parts of sets of questions built around a common passage or passages. Four broad knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Information and Ideas (reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, understanding relationships)
  • Rhetoric (analyzing word choice rhetorically, analyzing text structure, analyzing point of view, analyzing purpose, analyzing arguments)
  • Synthesis (analyzing multiple texts)
  • Vocabulary

To view some example questions of this test, go to the Sample Test.

 

Math

The Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics placement test (non-STEM majors) is a computer adaptive assessment of test-takers’ ability for selected mathematics content. Questions will focus on a range of topics including computing with rational numbers, applying ratios and proportional reasoning, creating linear expressions and equations, graphing and applying linear equations, understanding probability, and set notation, and interpreting graphical displays. In addition, questions may assess a student’s math ability via computational or fluency skills, conceptual understanding, or the capacity to apply mathematics presented in a context. All questions are multiple choice in format and appear discretely (standalone) across the assessment. The following knowledge and skill
categories are assessed:

  • Rational numbers
  • Ratio and proportional relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Linear applications
  • Probability and sets
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Geometry concept

To view some example questions of this test, go to the Sample Test.

The Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions placement test (STEM majors) is a computer adaptive assessment of test-takers’ ability for selected mathematics content. Questions will focus on a range of topics, including a variety of equations and functions, including linear, quadratic, rational, radical, polynomial, and exponential. Questions will also delve into some geometry and trigonometry concepts. In addition, questions may assess a student’s math ability via computational or fluency skills, conceptual understanding, or the capacity to apply mathematics presented in a context. All questions are multiple choice in format and appear discretely (standalone) across the assessment. The following knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Linear equations
  • Linear applications
  • Factoring
  • Quadratics
  • Functions
  • Radical and rational equations
  • Polynomial equations
  • Exponential and logarithmic equations
  • Geometry concepts
  • Trigonometry

To view some example questions of this test, go to the Sample Test.

English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Reading Skills

The English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Reading Skills test measures a student's ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages.

English-As-a-Second Language (ESL) Sentence Meaning

The English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Sentence Meaning test measures how well students understand the meaning of sentences in English.

The above information may also be found on the accuplacer.org—check out the Next Generation ACCUPLACER Sample Questions. For more information about ACCUPLACER tests at Miami Regionals, please call the Hamilton TLC at 513-785-3139 or the Middletown TLC at 513-727-3440.