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ACCUPLACER

The ACCUPLACER placement test is a suite of tests that quickly, accurately and efficiently assesses 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 by using the following resources:

Use these tools to become familiar with the types and formats of ACCUPLACER test questions.

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. 

Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension test measures a student’s ability to understand what he or she has read. There are four content areas on this test: Identifying Main Ideas; Direct Statements and Secondary or Supporting Ideas; Inferences; and Applications. Students are presented with a series of 20 questions. Both short and long narratives are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.

Math

The College-Level Math test measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are five types of college-level math questions:
  • Algebraic operations: topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities: topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems, and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry: topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics: topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems. Functions and trigonometry: topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

The Elementary Algebra test 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 rationals, 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, and word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities; solving quadratic equations by factoring; and solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

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 Classic 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.