ACCUPLACER reading comprehension, sentence skills, writePlacer ESL guide and practice questions.
What is ACCUPLACER?
ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you in the appropriate college courses that meet your skill level.
You cannot “pass” or “fail” ACCUPLACER tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.
ACCUPLACER assessments are delivered in multiple-choice format with the exception of the WritePlacer®, a written essay assessment. 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 number of questions varies depending on which ACCUPLACER assessment you take. There could be as few as 12 questions or as many as 40.
What is on an ACCUPLACER Test?
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.
WritePlacer (Written Essay)
ESL – Language Use
ESL – Listening
ESL – Reading Skills
ESL – Sentence Meaning