ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer.
There are 20 questions of two primary types on the Reading Comprehension test. The first type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long passages are provided. The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences.
There are 20 Sentence Skills questions of two types. The first type is sentence correction questions that require an understanding of sentence structure. The second type is construction shift questions.
There are three levels of mathematics assessment. Based on your math background, you will take up to two tests from Arithmetic (17 questions), Elementary Algebra (12 questions), or College Level Mathematics (20 questions). You will be given scratch paper and pencils to work out multiple choice problems for this test. A calculator is provided on the test for problems that require calculation.
It is important to do your best on the assessment. Placement that has not assessed your true skill set may cause up to a year and a half of additional coursework and thus will impact the cost of your education. Being prepared and doing your best will provide the most accurate and appropriate placement.