How to pass the ACCUPLACER Exam


Taking the Accuplacer®?

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The Accuplacer® Exam is a placement test taken by college students for college and university placements. As every placement test they are designed to point out the skills of a student, so they are mainly used by colleges to situate the capabilities of their students.

The test is also multiple choice, consisting of three sections i. e. reading comprehension, math and sentence skills.  Some Colleges require an essay.


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Test Information

You will need to answer every question in this exam. The questions are given according to your skill and ability.

You can make changes to your answers before going to the next question, but you cannot skip questions and go back to it later.

To take the Accuplacer test the student must make an appointment with the administration of the College you are applying to. The administration office will give all the necessary information regarding the test; where it is going to be, the date and hour, the cost and any special accommodations.

Every college has their own policies about their admission process, so it’s recommended to contact a counseling office to learn about the alternatives for you.


The multiple choice questions are not timed, so you can take all the time you need. The essay section at some colleges is timed.

The range of questions in each section is between 12 and 40, depending on the guidelines of every school. On average it takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete the test.

Test Details

Check with your school if you can carry calculators, protractors, textbooks, dictionaries or any other paper with you.

If the student didn’t like the results of the test, it’s possible to re-take it one time, but the student must wait 14 days before taking the test for second time. This also depends on the internal policies of the college.

What is on the ACCUPLACER®?



Grammar and Sentence skills. 

Sentence skills and Grammar – there are 20 Sentence Skill questions of two types

  • Sentence correction.
  • Rewriting sentences.

Reading Comprehension

20 questions divided into two primary types.

  • Read a passage and answer questions based on the text.
  • Sentence relation, where a question is asked about the relationship between two sentences

Arithmetic, Basic Math and a written essay.

The arithmetic section has 20 questions.
The college level math section has 20 questions.



Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT’s)

The ACCUPLACER® is computer-based, which means that they are taken through a computer on a digital platform.

Particularly, the accuplacer are computer-adaptive tests, this kind of tests works be deciding the difficulty level of the next question, based on the previous answer.

For example, it’s recommendable to be familiarized with the digital platform, and use some relaxation technique to control your nerves.  How to take a Computer Adaptive Test

How is the ACCUPLACER® Scored?

Schools use the ACCUPLACER® test results for admissions purposes, so they are assessed by the admissions office of the institute as part of the application process.

As it is a computerized test the results are given immediately and remain available for four years. They are given through a score report, immediately after you take the test.

In the score report are the details of each section evaluated on a scale from 20 to 120 for the multiple choice sections and from 0 to 8 for the essay.

Every school can modify some aspects of the test, but usually the range it’s divided in low score (LS), minimal score (MS), basic score (BS), sufficient score (SS) and substantial score (SSS):

  • In arithmetic the LS goes from 20 to 37, the MS from 38 to 64, the BS from 65 to 92, the SS from 93 to 109 and the SS aver 110.
  • For the college-Level Math section the LS is 20 to 39, the MS from 40 to 62, the BS 63 to 85, the SS 86 to 102 and the SS over 103.
  • In elementary algebra there is no LS, the MS goes from 20 to 43, the BS from 44 to 81, the SS from 82 to 108, and the SSS is over 109.
  • In reading comprehension there isn’t a LS either, the MS goes from 20 to 50, the BS from 51 to 77, the SS from 78 to 98 and the SSS it’s between 99 and 120.
  • The sentence skills section doesn’t have LS either, the MS goes between 20 and 53, the BS from 54 to 86, the SS from 87 to 108 and the SSS over 109.

Test Taking Strategies

There are some recommendations to improve the results of Accuplacer test.

  • First, – practice the exam, so he can get comfortable with the digital platform.
  • Ask your counselors about the regulations and rules, – make sure you know what to expect.
  • It’s important to arrive early – you do NOT want to be rushing in late!

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ACCUPLACER Study Guide and Practice Questions

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Complete Accuplacer Study Guide including Tutorials, Self-Assessments for all content, practice questions, complete guide to multiple choice strategy, Test Questions for Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, Arithmetic, Sequences, Logarithms, Trigonometry, Polynomials Geometry, Algebra and more.

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