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Practice and Prepare

Thoughtful exam preparation may generate placements that are more accurate.

The Official Web-Based Study App

The ACCUPLACER web-based study app features practice tests in each test subject. It is accessible from most devices with internet access, and will help you become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER test questions.

  • “Learn as you go” tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses.
  • Sample tests are similar to the real thing, so you’ll know ahead of time what your experience will be like on test day.
  • You can save your work at any time, and come back when it’s convenient for you.
  • You can review your score history to see what you’re already doing well and what skills you should focus on improving.

These free resources include the types of questions and essays you’ll see when you take the ACCUPLACER test. Make sure you check with your academic advisor to identify which version of ACCUPLACER you should prepare for.

Inside the Classic ACCUPLACER Test

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.

You will read passages of 50 to 90 words and then answer questions.

You may read about the arts, science or history. Half the questions ask about information that is stated in the passage.

The others ask you to identify the main ideas, facts versus opinions or the author’s point of view.

There are 20 questions on this test.

You will be asked to fill in a blank with a word or phrase or to combine two sentences.

The test covers writing skills including the proper use of nouns and verbs.

There are 20 questions on this test.

This test measures your understanding of English vocabulary. The sentences come from a variety of subject areas. Included will be descriptive words (particularly about beauty, age, greatness and size) and prepositions (from, to, at, etc.)

There are 20 questions on this test.

You will listen to a series of brief passages with one or two speakers. Following each passage, you will hear a question and respond to a multiple choice question.

You may take notes as you listen and may replay the passage and answers twice.

There are 20 questions on this 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 numbers
  • Operations with decimals and percents
    • Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
    • Percent problems, decimal recognition and fractions
    • Percent equivalencies and estimation problems
  • Applications and problem solving
    • Rate, percent and measurement problems
    • Geometry problems
    • Distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts

You will start with this test if the last math class you completed was Algebra 1, Elementary Algebra or higher. If you do well on this test, you will also take the College Level Math test. 

If you do not do well on this test, you will take the Arithmetic test.

There are 12 questions total in the following categories.

  • Operations with integers and rational numbers
    • Computation with integers and negative rationals
    • Use of absolute values and ordering
  • Operations with algebraic expressions
    • Evaluation of simple formulas and expressions
    • Adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials
    • Evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents
    • Simplifying algebraic fractions and factoring
  • Equation solving, inequalities and word problems
    • Solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context
    • Geometric reasoning
    • Translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions
    • Graphing

You will not start with this test. You will take this test IF you do well on the Elementary Algebra test.

This tests skills from intermediate algebra through pre-calculus.

There are 20 questions total on topics in the following categories.

  • Algebraic operations
    • Simplifying rational algebraic expressions
    • Factoring and expanding polynomials
    • Manipulating roots and exponents
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities
    • Solution of linear and quadratic equations by factoring
    • Expanding polynomials
    • Manipulating roots and exponents
  • Coordinate geometry
    • Plane geometry
    • Coordinate plane, straight lines, conics and sets of points in a plane
    • Graphs of algebraic functions
  • Application and other algebra topics
    • Complex numbers
    • Series and sequences
    • Determinants and permutations
    • Combinations and fractions
    • Word problems
  • Functions and trigonometry
    • Polynomial, algebraic, exponential and logarithmic
    • Trigonometric functions

Testing Policies

Textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, calculators or other papers of any kind (except scratch paper provided by the test administrator for use with the mathematics tests) are not allowed in the testing room.

Electronics are prohibited.

Further, anyone who gives or receives help during the test or uses notes or books of any kind will not be allowed to continue the test.

Following the test period, no test materials or notes may be removed from the room. The college may cancel any test score if there is reason to question its validity.

Coats, backpacks, drinks of any kind and other items brought to testing will need to be stored in the testing room and not brought to the computer workstation. We will provide storage for these items.

Your test scores and the information you provide when taking the tests will be used by the college for counseling and placement purposes.

It may also be used by MCTC and the College Board or Educational Testing Service for research purposes.

Your test information will not be used for any other reason without your permission.

If the data is used for research purposes, special precautions will be taken to ensure that your identity is kept confidential. Any data received by ETS will be held for no more than three years.

If you have any questions about the confidentiality of the data you have provided or about your test scores, you should see the college's test administrator.