ACCUPLACER Sample Questions and other Websites
The purpose of the tests
The Accuplacer™ Placement Test - The English test consists of the following:
Writeplacer (essay)– This test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. You will have 50 minutes to type your essay. Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score will be based on your ability to express, organize and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:
• Focus — The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view
• Organization — The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas
• Development and Support — The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details
• Sentence Structure — The effectiveness of your sentence structure
• Mechanical Conventions — The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics
Reading Comprehension - There are 20 questions of two primary types in Reading Comprehension.
• The first type of question consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long passages are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.
• The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences. The question may ask, for example, if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information.
Sentence Skills - There are 20 Sentence Skills questions of two types.
• The first type is sentence correction questions that require an understanding of sentence structure. These questions ask you to choose the most appropriate word or phrase for the underlined portion of the sentence.
• The second type is construction shift questions. These questions ask that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original sentence.
You may be required to take two or more of the following Math tests:
- A total of 12 questions, divided into three types, are administered in this test.
- The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values and ordering. These questions test minimal skill levels of the student.
- The second type which involves operations with algebraic expressions tests minimal skill levels using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, as well as adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. At all levels of skill, questions are provided involving multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions and factoring.
- The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities and word problems. This includes solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions and graphing.
- The Arithmetic Test measures your skills in three primary categories. The 17 arithmetic questions are divided into three types:
- 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 estimating problems are also given.
- Applications and problem solving. Topics include rate, percent, measurement problems, simple geometry problems and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.
- The College-Level Mathematics test measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level
mathematics concepts. There are six content areas measured on this test: (a) Algebraic Operations, (b) Solutions of Equations and Inequalities,(c) Coordinate Geometry, (d) Applications and other Algebra Topics, (e) Functions and (f) Trigonometry.
Please note: Calculators are not allowed!
Test taking tips
- Read all on-screen instructions/directions carefully.
- You will not be allowed to skip a question or go back to a previous one. When you are having difficulty answering a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick one of the remaining choices.
- Take time to do your best. Placement tests can be taken only once; take them seriously. Initial placement is Important.
- Initial placement into the English and/or Math sequence determines how many courses you will need, and the number of semesters needed to complete the required English and/or Math course for your degree path.
Preparation and Sample Questions
Practice and refresh your skills before you take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test.
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