Placement Test Preparation

What should I expect during placement testing?

Please read this overview of what to expect during placement testing. Covered topics include: the purpose of the placement test, tips for preparing before the the test, what to bring on testing day, how to navigate the test, how to get your results, and more.

What are the placement testing rules in the Testing Center?

Please determine what items you must bring to the testing center and learn the rules of the testing session. A valid, current photo ID will be required.

Why should I prepare for my placement test?

Research shows that practicing sample questions and reviewing your math, writing, and reading materials in advance can significantly improve your performance on the test, and help you enter college at exactly the right course levels to match your abilities and goals. Preparing will also allow you to become familiar with the test, the computer or calculator, and reduce any test anxiety.

How do I prepare for my placement test?

You cannot "fail" the placement test, but your scores are important and will determine which classes you will register for in your first semester. Taking the time to prepare for your placement test may result in a higher placement. We have put together some materials below that you should use to improve your reading, writing and your math skills.

Practice sample test questions from ACCUPLACER

These are realistic sample test questions in all test subjects (reading, mathematics, and writing) from ACCUPLACER, which you should complete and check your answers with the answer key provided at the end of the test. If English is your second language and you find some questions difficult, scroll down to the end where you will find sample ESL questions to practice.

What is on the sample tests?

All students should review the description of each placement test before taking it. This link gives information about the format and special features of the test.

Download the ACCUPLACER Study App for your Internet device or phone (optional)

This is an interactive practice test/study app available for your phone, tablet, or computer for a small fee, which can help you prepare for the test.

Find FREE writing skills preparation materials here

Learn and practice the basics of writing a good essay and other writing skills before taking the placement test.

If you do not have Internet access or are unfamiliar with a computer, visit the Yocum Library to complete the sample questions and practice computer skills in advance.

Your test will be on a computer. If you are familiar with it you can focus on the test and enhance your scores.