Preparing for Your Test

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Review Basic Concepts for the ACCUPLACER Test

Your placement test scores really matter. They determine where you can begin your course of study. It is important to brush up on material you have mastered in the past, which may come back to you with a little review, so that you do not unnecessarily add to the length of time it will take to reach your educational goals. However, trying to cram for the test to enter courses beyond your experience or easy recollection is not a good idea. Remember, placement tests are not intended to measure your ability. They are intended to determine placement into courses which are neither beyond nor beneath your current skill level.

Preparing For the Mathematics Tests

All students will begin with Accuplacer’s Elementary Algebra Test.  The test is adaptive. If you do very well on the Elementary Algebra test you will automatically advance to the College-Level Math test. The results of these two tests will place you somewhere between Intermediate Algebra and Calculus. If you don’t do as well on Elementary Algebra,  you will automatically go on to the Arithmetic test and be placed somewhere between Arithmetic and College Algebra . 

Preparing For the English Tests

Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension section contains 20-25 questions. Designed to measure how well you understand what you read, some questions will require reading passages of various lengths and answering a series of questions about the content in the passage. Other questions will require the tester to read two sentences and answer a question regarding the relationship of these two sentences.

Sentence Skills

The sentence skills section includes 20 - 25 questions. Sentence Correction questions ask you to choose a word or phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. Construction shift questions ask that a sentence be rewritten in a specific way without changing the meaning.

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