Student Assessment and Placement


Your scores on the reading, writing, and math portions of ACCUPLACER will determine if you are ready to take college-level courses. Students with lower scores on the placement test may be required to take as many as two developmental math classes and one developmental English classes before taking college classes. While developmental courses help you acquire the skills you need to succeed academically, you should avoid them, if possible. They cost you time and money and do not count toward graduation or transfer.

PREPARE FOR PLACEMENT AND TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. Links to sample questions, study exercises, practice tests, and other aid can be found using the links below.


About the Tests

Computer-Delivered Testing
You will take the tests using a computer. A test proctor will always be available if you have any questions or problems. 

Answering the Questions
The numbers of questions on the five tests range from 12-20. The questions will appear one at a time on the computer screen. Most questions are multiple choice, and all you will need to do is use the space bar or mouse to select the desired answer. When you have completed the question and confirmed your answer, a new screen will appear with your next question.

Adaptive Testing
Each test is designed using adaptive techniques. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. This technique "zeroes-in" on just the right questions to ask you without being too easy or difficult. The greater your demonstrated skill level, the more challenging the questions that will be presented to you.

Description of Tests



Who Takes

Number of Questions

Concepts on Test  

Elementary Algebra

All students who are required to complete math placement testing.


·         Performing operations with integers and rational numbers;

·         Evaluating simple formulas and expressions;

·         Adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials;

·         Evaluating positive rational roots and exponents;

·          Simplifying algebraic fractions and factoring;

·         Solving algebraic word problems;

·         Using geometric reasoning; 

·         Translating written phrases into algebraic expressions;

·          Graphing.


Based on Elementary Algebra score


·         Adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers;

·         Solving percent, decimal recognition, fraction/percent equivalencies, and estimation problems;

·         Solving measurement problems.

College-Level Math

Based on Elementary Algebra score


·         Simplifying rational algebraic expressions; 

·         Factoring and expanding polynomials;  

·         Manipulating roots and exponents;  

·         Solving linear and quadratic equations by factoring;

·         Expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents; 

·         Answering questions about the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in a plane, and graphs of algebraic functions;

·         Answering questions involving complex numbers; series and sequences; determinants, permutations and combinations; fractions; and word problems; 

·         Answering questions about polynomial, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.


All students who are required to take placement test for English.


·         Determining how 2 given sentences are related;

·         Drawing conclusions about given reading passages.

Sentence Skills

All students who are required to take placement test for English


·         Correcting sentence by choosing word or phrase to replace underlined phrase;

·         Rewriting sentence in specified way without changing its meaning.