Preparing for Your Test

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"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."  

-Benjamin Franklin


You should prepare for your placement test. They determine where you can begin your course of study. It is important to brush up on material you have mastered in the past so that you do not unnecessarily add to the length of time it will take to reach your educational goals.  

Review some basic study tips, including time management and dealing with test anxiety at 

Preparing For the Mathematics Tests

All students will begin with ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS).  The test is adaptive. If you do very well on the QAS test you will automatically advance to the Advanced Algebra and Functions test. The results of these two tests will place you somewhere between Intermediate Algebra and Calculus. If you don’t do as well on QAS,  you will automatically go on to the Arithmetic test and be placed somewhere between Arithmetic and College Algebra . 

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Preparing For the English Tests

The English test includes ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing tests.

Reading contains 20-25 questions designed to measure how well you understand what you read.  Some questions will include reading passages of various lengths and 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.   

 Writing 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.