Accuplacer Test Success Home Page
Welcome to the Accuplacer Test Success website.
Accuplacer Test Success provides information and advice on the format of the exam, as well as study tips and practice test materials to help you prepare, study more effectively, and perform better on your test.
Important Accuplacer Study Advice
If you are looking for preparation materials for the test, you probably already know that if you do not score well on the exam, you will be placed into developmental classes when you start college.
These types of developmental courses, such as developmental English or introductory math, are generally non-credit bearing.
Having to take classes like this can be devastating for some students, since it may prolong your study program and delay your graduation date.
Therefore, it is definitely worth it to study, to do some practice tests, and to be well prepared for these examinations.
In order to study for the Accuplacer exam, you need to know the best preparation methods, in addition to knowing what to avoid on the day of your test.
You should remember that the Accuplacer test is a computer-adaptive exam that is delivered over the internet.
This means that you will take the examination on a computer. The questions you receive will be adjusted according to your skill level.
If you answer a few questions incorrectly, the Accuplacer software will give you easier questions because it assumes you are at a lower skill level.
You want to avoid this because the easier questions are worth fewer points, and this will result in you receiving a lower overall score on your exam.
If you are doing well on the actual day of your Accuplacer testing, you should therefore notice that the questions that you are receiving are becoming increasingly more difficult as you advance through the exam.
Since the examination is delivered over the Internet, you will be notified of your score immediately after you end the test and click on the submit button.
You will receive information on which classes you need to take after you finish the exam.
Accuplacer Test and Placement
The Accuplacer is a college placement test that assesses whether students have the necessary skills in English, reading, and math before beginning college or other technical studies at educational institutions in the United States.
Because the exam is used for assessment and placement purposes, you will not receive a pass or fail result on the test.
Instead, your test results are used to determine which classes you will be required to take during or before your freshman year of college.
Exam Format - English and Math
In order to be successful on the Accuplacer examination, you should be familiar with the format of the test.
The Accuplacer Test consists of two general parts, which are English and math.
The English part of the test contains two further sections, which include sentence skills questions and reading comprehension questions.
There are two types of sentence skills questions: the sentence correction type and the sentence completion type.
You will need to find errors in the sentences and then choose the correct answer for sentence correction questions.
For sentence completion, you will see one sentence, and then you will have to re-write that sentence with a new structure.
The sentence completion questions are also known as construction shift questions.
Students therefore need to understand the essentials of English grammar in order to do well on the English part of the tests.
The reading part of the test also has two sections: reading comprehension and sentence relationships.
For the reading comprehension part of the test, you will review a brief passage and answer questions about its content in order to see if you have understood the passage.
The sentence relationship part of the reading test shows you pairs of sentences for each exam question. Then you have to determine the relationship between the two sentences, such as problem and solution or cause and effect.
The math part of the Accuplacer has problems on arithmetic, algebra, and college-level math.
The algebra questions cover all levels of algebra, meaning that you will need to practice your skills in pre-algebra, basic algebra, and intermediate algebra.
The college-level math part of the exam tests your skills in advanced algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
You may also have to take the Writeplacer, which means you will have to prepare a written essay, as part of your college placement and assessment.
You may be required to take all of the test, or just certain parts of it. If you are unsure about what is going to be covered in your situation, you should inquire at the Testing and Assessment Office of your local community college or at the college to which you intend to apply for admissions.
Practice Tests and Study Guides
If you are looking for practice test materials or study guides, please have a look at the links in our main menu for the various skill areas that are assessed on the test.
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