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Prepare forAccuplacer Testing

A little preparation refreshes your memory and helps you feel ready for testing.

How Do I Prepare?

  • Try working through the Next Generation sample questions for the Reading test (used for reading and writing placement) and for the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics test:
  • Set up a free online Accuplacer account to practice taking the test online 
    (choose the Accuplacer Next Generation version)
  • Even a little study in advance can help you feel less anxious and more prepared for the Accuplacer placement tests
  • Placements for high school seniors and students who graduated less than 7 years ago will consider high school GPA and the level of your last math class in which you earned a C or higher

Test Taking Strategies

Before the test

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before
  • Eat a balanced meal at least an hour before
  • Dress comfortably in layers to easily adjust to room temperature
  • Arrive a little early to get your parking permit, find restrooms, water fountain, testing room, etc. 
  • If you have time before the test take a walk to calm your nerves and relax 
  • Allow about two hours for testing (or longer if you think you'll need it)

During the test

  • Answer the background questions as accurately as possible because some answers help with placement   
  • Read the test directions carefully and ask the proctor if you don't understand how to navigate through the test
  • If you feel stressed, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to relax and then continue
  • Remember this test is designed to help you select courses that will benefit you and build the skills you need to be successful
  • If you get stuck on a question, eliminate the answer choices that you know are wrong. It may help to reread the question