ACCUPLACER is administered on a computer and is very easy to use, even for prospective students with little or no computer experience. A test administrator will always be present to answer questions or to assist first-time computer users.
The number of questions on each test ranges from 17 to 22. The questions will appear one at a time on the computer screen. The questions are multiple choice and all you will need to do is use the space bar on the keyboard to select the desired answer. When you have completed the question and verified your answer, a new screen will appear with your next question.
Each ACCUPLACER test is designed using adaptive techniques. This means that the ACCUPLACER program determines which questions will be presented, based on responses to previous questions. This technique zeros in on just the right questions to ask you without being too easy or too difficult. Because the test is adaptive, you will only have to answer 17 to 22 questions in each section. All questions are multiple choice and answers are selected using easy point-and-click methods. The test is not timed, so you are able to do your very best.
You cannot pass or fail a placement test. To ensure that test scores accurately represent your skill levels, you may wish to review basic concepts in reading, grammar, arithmetic and algebra before taking ACCUPLACER, especially if you have been away from school for more than a year. Many students find that a GED or SAT review book (available at local bookstores and public libraries) is helpful in refreshing their basic skills.
Unlike many pencil and paper placement tests, ACCUPLACER is not timed. This helps eliminate the pressure and test anxiety that many students often feel. An untimed test can also be beneficial for students with learning disabilities, who often need more time than usual for testing. Students with a documented disability who require other types of accommodations may schedule a special testing session.
Using a computer simplifies the placement testing process in many ways. ACCUPLACER testing takes less time, is less stressful, and is able to give you immediate feedback because you get to see your scores on the computer screen as soon as you finish the test.