Accuplacer is a national placement test that was developed, standardized, and validated by the College Board, a division of the Educational Testing Service (which also administers the SATs, GREs, and TOEFL tests).
The Accuplacer test is untimed, however the average length to finish is 1.5 hours if taking both Composition and Mathematics sections. The test must be finished in one seating and within the Testing Center's hours of operation.
There are many student guides to Accuplacer available on the web that you can find through search engines. However, the most accurate place that you can look for information is on the College Board website (the makers of Accuplacer), at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/preparation-sample.html.
Here are some study guides compiled by Front Range Community College (scroll to the bottom of their site to find the study guides:
Can I re-take the exam?
You can only take Accuplacer once per semester. You will be charged $25 each time you take the test.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Students may contact us to schedule an individual appointment to take an Accuplacer test during Testing Center Hours of Operation. Testing will be held in the Testing Center, Noble Hall, Room 287.
What do I need to do on the day of my test?
There is a $25 charge for Accuplacer exams administered on campus. Continuing FLC students can charge the fee to their student accounts if they present their current FLC student ID card. All other new and non-FLC students need to bring a check, made out to Fort Lewis College, or $25 in cash. You must have a picture ID to take the exam, preferably a student ID, driver’s license, or passport.
To take the Accuplacer in your local community, you need to do the following:
Colorado law (CRS 23-1-113) requires all incoming freshmen and transfer students to be assessed for their basic skills in writing, and mathematics. The assessments are made according to procedures approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
If we have your ACT or SAT scores that are less than three years old, or you have taken previous coursework at another institution, we will use that information to place you into your mathematics and composition classes. If we are missing the information required for assessment, you must take Accuplacer for course placement. Students who fail to take the assessment/placement test within 30 days of the beginning of the term will have a hold placed on their academic records that prevents future course registration until the test is completed. You may also take Accuplacer if you wish to challenge your existing placement in mathematics or composition.
Accuplacer is administered on a computer and is very easy to use. The test is untimed so that you can think about each question for as long as you like. It is also a computer-adaptive test, meaning that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions.
Testing begins with the proctor selecting the appropriate set of exams for you on the computer.
Next you will complete a short questionnaire, read a quick tutorial and then begin the exam questions.
At the end of the exam, you will receive results and placement information.