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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is ACCUPLACER®?

  2. Can I fail ACCUPLACER?

  3. Are ACCUPLACER tests timed?

  4. How do I make an appointment to take ACCUPLACER?

  5. How many questions are on the ACCUPLACER test?

  6. Are there study materials for the ACCUPLACER test?

  7. Are there special disability accommodations for ACCUPLACER assessments?

  8. What should I take to the testing center on test day?

  9. Are all ACCUPLACER test questions multiple choice?

  10. My college is located in another state. How can I take ACCUPLACER in my state?

1. What is ACCUPLACER?
ACCUPLACER is a comprehensive, integrated system of sophisticated computer-adaptive placement assessments, diagnostics, and remediation support designed to evaluate and strengthen students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Delivering results immediately and accurately, ACCUPLACER helps answer the challenges of accurate placement and remediation.
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2. Can I fail ACCUPLACER?
No. No one passes or fails ACCUPLACER tests, but it’s important to complete the test using your best effort, so you and your college have an accurate measure of your academic skills.
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3. Are ACCUPLACER Tests timed?
Multiple-choice ACCUPLACER tests are untimed, so you work at a pace that’s comfortable for you. The WritePlacer® test may be timed or untimed depending on your school's policies.
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4. How do I make an appointment to take ACCUPLACER?
Typically, students make an appointment to take an ACCUPLACER test by contacting or visiting their college advising and counseling office. If you’re not close to your campus, contact the advising and counseling office to explore the testing alternatives that may be available to you.
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5. How many questions are on the ACCUPLACER test?
The number of questions varies depending on which ACCUPLACER tests you take. There could be as few as 12 questions or as many as 40.
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6. Are there study materials for the ACCUPLACER test?
There are free materials available including a comprehensive practice application and a PDF of sample questions, the ACCUPLACER Study Guide for Students.
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7. Are there disability accommodations for ACCUPLACER assessments?
Yes. If you have a documented disability and need test accommodations, please contact your institution’s test center for information and details about making any needed arrangements.
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8. What should I take to the test center on test day?
Take your photo ID and any special materials that your college may ask you to bring. Contact your institution’s test center for details as needed.
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9. Are all ACCUPLACER test questions in a multiple-choice format?
All ACCUPLACER assessments use a familiar multiple-choice format with the exception of WritePlacer which is an essay assessment.
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10. My college is located in another state. How can I take ACCUPLACER in my state?
Contact your institution’s test center to learn more about remote testing options. With the permission of both institutions, you may be able to take ACCUPLACER at a local college or have an authorized proctor oversee your test(s) at a secure facility.
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