Accuplacer Guide

Quick Reference for new students

Students accepted into a degree or certificate program at the Community College of Rhode Island are required to complete the mandatory ACCUPLACER assessment in order to be placed in the best possible classes. Although there is no grade on the ACCUPLACER, and it does not affect your acceptance, your score determines which math and English classes you need to take so doing well can save you time and money.

The ACCUPLACER is probably a little bit different from other tests you might have taken, and doing well is important, so as a service to our students, the Student Success Center offers test prep seminars to get you ready. You might need just the English portions of the ACCCUPLACER or just the math, depending on your past classes. Contact Advising and Counseling if you have any questions.

Register for ACCUPLACER test prep.

There are many great study resources to prepare you for the ACCUPLACER assessment test.

Things to know about the ACCUPLACER

  • Doing well can save you time and money, so make sure to prepare.
  • There are practice tests and other study aids available.
  • Your High School/GED transcript as well as SAT/ACT scores can help with placement. Upload your transcripts/scores here
  • The test takes 2 to 3 hours to complete.
  • Eat a good meal before taking the test so you aren't distracted by hunger.
  • You will be provided scratch paper, but will not be allowed to bring anything into the testing area.
  • If you do not do well, you have the option to do a retake.

If you require accommodations due to a documented disability, please fill out an ACCUPLACER Testing Accommodations Form (PDF) before your test. Contact Disability Services if you have any questions.

If you took the ACCUPLACER at another facility or have college-level English and Math credits, you might qualify for a waiver. You must contact Advising and Counseling if you think you don't need to take the ACCUPLACER.

To sign up for the ACCUPLACER, contact Advising and Counseling: 401-825-1240.

More information about the ACCUPLACER

The ACCUPLACER is a computer-based test consisting of four parts. Minimal computer skills are needed to complete the test. All information is entered by using the mouse and/or the keyboard. A test administrator will be present throughout the testing session to answer any questions you have. Proctors may not, however, answer any academic-related questions associated with the test.

ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means the computer determines which questions you get based on your response to previous questions. The greater your skill, the more challenging the questions become. This technique selects just the right questions for your level. This portion of the test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. However, once you have selected and confirmed your answer, you cannot return to that question.

1. Written Essay

The ability to write effectively is critical to academic success. You will have 50 minutes for the essay part of the test, in which you will write a five-paragraph essay from a selection of topics.

2. Sentence Skills

There are two kinds of questions given in the Sentence Skills test: Sentence-correction questions ask you to choose a word or a phrase to substitute for an underlined part of a sentence; construction-shift questions ask that a sentence be rewritten in a specific way without changing the meaning. This part has 20 questions.

3. Reading Comprehension

This part of the test measures your analytical and comprehensive reading skills, and your ability to effectively apply what you have read. This part consists of 20 questions.

4. Math

Arithmetic

This part of the test measures your ability to perform basic operations and solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. This part contains 17 questions. Depending on your score in this section, you might also get questions from the next two topics.

Elementary Algebra

This part of the test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts. This part contains 12 questions.

College Algebra

Depending on your score in Elementary Algebra, you may be required to complete the College Algebra Test. This test measures your ability to perform college-level algebraic operations and to solve problems involving college-level algebraic concepts. This part contains 20 questions.

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Last Updated: 9/29/17