Arithmetic - Sample Questions

ACCUPLACER Placement Testing Arithmetic - Sample Questions

The Arithmetic test (22 questions) measures your skills in three primary categories:

  • Operations with whole numbers and fractions. This includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers.
  • Operations with decimals and percents. This category includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as percent problems, decimal recognition, fraction and percent equivalences, and estimation problems.
  • Applications and problem-solving. Questions include rate, percent, and measurement problems, geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

Solve each problem and choose your answer from the alternatives given. You may use scratch paper to work problems, but no calculators are allowed on the Arithmetic test.

Sample Question 1

All of the following are ways to write 20 percent of N EXCEPT

  1. 0.20N
  2. 20/100 N
  3. 1/5 N
  4. 20N

Sample Question 2

Which of the following is closest to the square root of 10.5 ?

  1. 3
  2. 4
  3. 5
  4. 8

Sample Question 3

Three people who work full-time are to work together on a project, but their total time on the project is to be equivalent to that of only one person working full-time. If one of the people is budgeted for 1/2 of his time to the project and a second person for 1/3 of her time, what part of the third worker's time should be budgeted to this project?

  1. 1/3
  2. 1/4
  3. 1/6
  4. 1/8