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.

Schedule your Accuplacer Exam

Accuplacer exams are administered Monday-Friday, 8:30-2:00.

Please email or call to schedule an appointment.

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 from 8:30 a.m. - 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 (Writing): 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 (Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics-QAS and Arithmetic or Advanced Algebra & Functions): 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 you have two options:

1st:   Locate a testing site at a community college or university in your area. You can Google “Accuplacer test sites near me”.  Contact the site to determine if they offer the Accuplacer exam, or will they provide remote proctor service with a Voucher. If the site offers the Accuplacer exam, take Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics section for math placement and/or take the Writing 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 QRAS includes Advanced Algebra and Functions questions. Please ask the Test Coordinator at the site and have them email your scores to: testingcenter@fortlewis.edu  If the site offers remote proctor service with a Voucher, pay the $25 fee with the link below, provide us the information needed to set up your Remote Voucher. Many Colleges with a Testing Center do this. Then after your Voucher is emailed to you from College Board, set up an appointment with the college to take your Accuplacer. Know that many Testing Centers charge a proctor fee on top of the $25 you paid to us. Once completed your Accuplacer scores are automatically in our Fort Lewis system.

2nd:    We can set you up with a virtual remote proctor with Examity®  and a Voucher would be used for this. You can test in your home but your computer must have an Ethernet connection, not Wi-Fi, have a mic and a camera. You would pay us the $25 fee with the link below. Also, you would pay Examity® (their link will be sent in the Voucher email) their $25 proctor fee paid online when you schedule with them. A valid ID will be shown to them online at the time of testing and you would scan your testing location with your computer camera. We would also need the information below in bold to be sent to us to set up your Voucher.
 
For us to set up a Voucher, the following information is needed:
 
First Name:        
Last Name:         
Birthdate:                           
Mailing Address:              
Phone Number:                                
Email:                                   
Fort Lewis ID #900 (we can look this up for you if you do not know)
 
PREPAY:    https://secure.touchnet.com/C20760_ustores/web/classic/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=249

We receive an automated email once payment is made.