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Preparing for your Accuplacer test

You should plan on taking the time to get ready for the Accuplacer tests. We strongly encourage you to prepare for tests by reviewing the following study materials:

Testing Tips:

  1. Get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test. Please arrive 15 minutes before the test begins.
  2. Please follow and make sure you understand the directions given before each test.
  3. This is an adaptive test. Questions are chosen on the basis of your answers to previous questions. You must answer every question. You cannot omit questions or come back to an answer.You may change your answer on a particular question, but you must do so before continuing on to the next question. If you do not, the answer is accepted and you cannot return to the question. The Proctor is not permitted to help you with any test questions. However, if you need anything else during the test, please inform the Proctor.
  4. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices and pick one of the remaining choices.

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Accuplacer Study Guides (Aims Community College): Individual Test Student Guides

Which math assessment test will I be taking?
The test is based upon your answer to this background question: “What is the highest level math class you have completed?”

  • If the answer is “None” or “Basic Math”, you will begin with the Arithmetic test. If you score high on this test, you will be branched up to the Elementary Algebra test.
  • If the answer is “Algebra I/Beginning Algebra” or higher, you will begin with the Elementary Algebra test. If you score high on this test, you will be branched up to the College Level Math test. If you score low on this test, you will be branched down to the Arithmetic test.

Reading comprehension
The reading comprehension test measures your ability to understand what you read.  You will be asked 20 questions. Some will ask you to decide how two sentences are related. Other questions ask you questions about reading passages of various lengths. You will be asked to interpret and draw conclusions from what you have read.

Arithmetic test
You will start with this test if the last math class you completed was Basic Arithmetic or you have not completed any math course. If you do well on this test, you will also take the Elementary Algebra test.

There are 17 questions total in the following categories.

  • Operations with whole numbers and fractions
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • Recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed number
  • Operations with decimals and percents
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • Percent problems, decimal recognition and fractions
    • Percent equivalencies and estimation problems