Testing Center

Accuplacer

Accuplacer is a national skills assessment tool that was developed, standardized, and validated by the College Board, a division of the Educational Testing Service (which also administers the SAT, GRE, and TOEFL tests).  Fort Lewis College can use it for both course placement and basic skills determination.

Fall Semester Group Accuplacer

Date/time: Sunday, August 27th 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Last walk-in accepted at 3:00 p.m.
Duration: Writing – 1 Hour; Math 1 to 2 hours
Location: Reed Library basement computer lab room #002E
RSVP: Walk-in (no appointment required)
Cost: $25 fee payable by cash, check or credit card on site or pre-pay online
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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, unless otherwise noted.  Group test sessions are often held in a computer lab once or twice at the beginning of a semester. Dates and times are published above.  Individual Accuplacer appointments are offered Monday - Friday and occasional Mondays at either 9:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.  Appointments are required as computer availability is limited. 

Do I have to take the Accuplacer?

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 determined according to procedures approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

If you provide us with ACT or SAT scores that are less than three years old, or you have completed previous math or writing coursework and received a C- or above, we will use that information to assess your basic skills in mathematics and composition classes. If we are missing the information required for assessment, you must take the Accuplacer exam. Students who fail to take the assessment within 30 days of their first term will have a hold placed on their academic records that prevents future course registration until the test is completed. 

You may decide to take the Accuplacer exam if you wish to challenge your existing placement in mathematics or composition. 

How does the Accuplacer work?

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.            

  • Writing Exam (Sentence Skills): This test measures your understanding of sentence structure -- how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear. The multiple-choice questions will appear one at a time on the computer screen. You will select your answers by clicking with the mouse. When you have completed the question and verified your answer, a new screen will appear with the next question.
  • Mathematics Exam (Elementary Algebra, Arithmetic, and/or College Level Math): This test has two parts. It will begin with elementary algebra questions (10-12 questions). The multiple-choice questions will appear one at a time on the computer screen. You will select your answers by clicking with the mouse. When you have completed the question and verified your answer, a new screen will appear with the next question. If you answer a certain proportion of the elementary algebra questions correctly, you will then take a more advanced test (college-level mathematics). If you are not successful with the elementary algebra test, you will then take a more basic test (arithmetic). No calculators are allowed during the exam, but you will be able to use scratch paper for figuring (provided by the Testing Center).

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.

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, $25 in cash, or pay by credit/debit card on site or online.

You must have a picture ID to take the exam, preferably a student ID, driver’s license, or passport.

Accuplacer Fee

Bring $25 cash, check or charge to your FLC student account
Pre Pay by credit card

Is there a time limit?

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.

Where can I see sample questions?

There are many student study guides available online.  However, the most accurate study material is located on the College Board website (the owners of Accuplacer), at the following address: 

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/preparation-sample.html

The Collegeboard has a new study app that can be accessed by a smart phone or tablet: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/

Can I retake the exam?

The fee is $25.00 per exam seating.

Can I take the Accuplacer exam at another testing facility?

 Yes.

To take the Accuplacer in your local community, you need to do the following:

  • Locate a testing site at a community college or university in your area.  Contact the site to determine if they offer the Accuplacer exam, or will they provide remote proctor service. To do this, the site will need internet connection and staff to proctor an untimed test.
    • If the site offers the Accuplacer exam, take the elementary algebra section for math placement and/or take the sentence skills section for composition placement.  If you believe your math level is above average (meaning you want to take Pre-Calculus or Calculus or above), make sure the elementary algebra section includes college level math questions. Please ask the Test Coordinator at the site.
    • If the site offers remote proctor service, gather the contact information (email and phone number) and forward the information to Fort Lewis College Testing Center at testingcenter@fortlewis.edu.  Our testing staff will contact the site to coordinate remote access. Pay the $25.00 exam fee to Fort Lewis College Testing Center or Campus Cashier.  Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card at the Testing Center, the Cashier's window in Berndt Hall or by phone: (970) 247-7380. You can also pay online. Once payment is received, FLC staff will notify you to schedule your appointment at the approved site.