ACCUPLACER Basic Skills Assessment
The ACCUPLACER is an assessment tool developed by the College Board and is administered to all new students enrolling in a degree or certificate program in order to assess their academic skills in mathematics, English and reading. The results are used by advisors and counselors to assist with course selection and academic advising. You cannot “pass” or “fail”, but it is very important that you do your very best so that ACC will have an accurate measure of your current academic skills. The assessment is untimed. On average, it takes two hours to complete, so plan accordingly. It is important that students arrive on time for the assessment and bring a photo ID. You will not be able to sit for the assessment without bringing a photo ID. Acceptable forms of photo ID are noted further below. No guests are permitted to accompany the student during an assessment session.
Every student knows that studying reduces the anxiety and pressure associated with exam-taking. As with any test, Accuplacer results are strongly and positively related with the amount of quality studying done before taking the test. The following hyperlinked websites and study guides will provide you with both a better understanding of, and an opportunity to practice, the skills on which the ACCUPLACER will test you.
- Collegeboard Sample Accuplacer Assessment Includes sample questions for both English and math directly from the Accuplacer website.
- Math ACCUPLACER Preparation Includes practice material for all levels of math on this Khan Academy site. You will first need to create a free account on Khan Academy if you do not already have one. Once you create an account, you will be prompted to indicate which lesson grade you wish to explore. We recommend selecting ‘Community college’ and then starting with ‘Algebra basics’ as the course level to practice.
Who needs to take the ACCUPLACER?
You are exempt from the ACCUPLACER assessment if:
- You are a transfer student who has earned a “C” or better in an English Composition and/or college-level mathematics course;
- You took the SAT prior to March 2016 and have either an SAT Critical Reading or Writing score of 450 or higher, and/or an SAT Mathematics score of 500 or higher, or took the SAT in March 2016 or after and have either an SAT Critical Reading subscore of 25 or higher, and/or an SAT Mathematics score of 530 or higher; or
- You have an ACT English score of 21 or higher, or a composite score of 47 or higher on the ACT English and Reading test, or an ACT Math score of 18-21.
You must take the ACCUPLACER assessment if:
- You are a new student enrolling in an ACC degree or certificate program;
- You plan to register for a course with an English or math prerequisite;
- You are a transfer student who has not earned credit for a college-level English Composition and/or college-level mathematics course;
- You are a non-degree student seeking to enroll in an English or math course; or
- You elect to take a developmental course (to ensure proper placement).
When and where can students take the ACCUPLACER?
Please note: You will need your 8-digit student ID number to register for an Accuplacer. Your student ID number can be retrieved from your Acceptance e-mail and/or in person at the Admissions Office. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after registering for your Accuplacer date. The confirmation e-mail will come from ‘WordPress’. Please be sure to check your Spam/Junk e-mail folder in case the confirmation does not send directly to your general inbox.
Any student who has a physical or learning disability, or other limitation necessitating special assistance and/or facilities for the ACCUPLACER assessment, should contact the Associate of Student Accessibility/Disability Services, Debbie Kosior, email@example.com (860) 253-3005.
IMPORTANT: In addition to bringing your student ID number, you must bring a photo ID to the assessment.
Acceptable forms of photo identification include:
A current driver’s license
A state-approved ID
A high school ID
A college ID
A current state or federal ID card
A current passport
A tribal ID card
A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship