Computer Adaptive Testing for Course Placement
ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices.
What to Take with You to the Tests
On the day of the test, you should bring photo identification. Paper and pencils will be provided. Calculators and cell phones are not allowed in the Testing Center.
Anyone who gives or receives help during the test, or uses notes, books, or calculators of any kind may not be allowed to continue the test. ATCC will disregard a test score if there is reason to question its validity.
At the End of the Test
Once you have completed the test(s), a score report will be created. We will provide you the report.
What if I fail the tests?
This is not a pass-fail test; it was developed to assist in college academic advising and course selection. The results will help you choose courses and make appropriate career decisions. In other words, your scores will indicate where your academic strengths and needs lie in relation to college-level work for your chosen major. Based on your scores, you may be required to take college prep coursework. You are allowed one retest per semester. There is a $5 fee per test to retest.
Making an Appointment for Testing
To schedule your appointment, please contact or stop by the Testing Center (Room 112). The phone number is listed above.
Students with Disabilities
If you require test accommodations due to a documented disability, please call 1-888-234-1222, ext. 4673.
Please visit the following website for sample ACCUPLACER questions:
The ACCUPLACER Web-based study app is free. You can use this study tool to become familiar with the style and content of questions on ACCUPLACER. The study app features practice tests. It can be accessed from a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Test Prep & Review Web Sites:
- Reading, Writing, and Math
- Math Sites
ACCUPLACER assessments are delivered in multiple-choice format. All tests are untimed to allow you to focus and comfortably demonstrate your skills while answering questions.
ACCUPLACER assessments are computer-adaptive. Questions are selected based on your skill level; in other words, your response to one question determines the difficulty level of the following question. You are encouraged to give each question as much thought as you wish before selecting your final answer.
The Reading Comprehension test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.
The Arithmetic test, comprised of 17 questions, measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are three types of Arithmetic questions:
- Operations with whole numbers and fractions: topics included in this category are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.
- Operations with decimals and percents: topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also given.
- Applications and problem solving: topics include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.
The Elementary Algebra test, comprised of 12 questions, 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, word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.
The College-Level Math test, comprised of 20 questions, 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.