WHAT IS ACCUPLACER?
Developed to assist students entering Worcester State University achieve their educational goals, Accuplacer is an assessment that helps students identify their academic strengths and needs so that they can plan an appropriate schedule of course work at Worcester State. Though required of all accepted students, Accuplacer is not meant to instill fear in any student (so relax!); instead, it gives students information about their skills in writing, reading, and mathematics. It will tell them at what level they need to begin their college studies.
TIPS FOR TAKING ACCUPLACER
• You can take each section of Accuplacer ONLY ONCE in a four month timeframe, so take it seriously.
• Accuplacer is a computer-based test. Math and Reading are untimed-TAKE YOUR TIME! Writing is limited to 90 minutes.
• Relax! Accuplacer was designed to help you succeed in school.
Your score helps you and your advisor determine which courses
are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills.
Once you identify your academic strengths and needs, you can
get the help you need to improve undeveloped skills before they
can interfere with your learning.
• You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty
of rest and eat properly prior to the test. You should also arrive a
few minutes early so you can find the testing area, restrooms, and
gather your thoughts before the test begins.
• Pay careful attention to test directions and be sure you
understand them before you begin each test.
• You should understand that this is an adaptive test. Questions
are chose for you on the basis of your answers to previous
questions. Since the test works this way, you must answer every
question when it is first given. You cannot skip any question or
come back to change the answer. You may change your answer
on a particular question, but you must do so before continuing on
to the next question. If you do not, the answer is accepted and
you cannot return to the question.
• If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one
or more of the choices. Then pick one of the remaining choices.
Textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, calculators, or other paper of
any kind (except scratch paper provided by the Test Administrator
for use with the mathematics tests) are not allowed in the testing
• Furthermore, anyone who gives or receives help during the test, or
uses notes or books of any kind, will not be allowed to continue
the test. Following the test period, no test materials or notes may
be removed from the room.
• Remember to bring some form of picture I.D. Without it, you will
not be able to take the test.
To take some sample Math tests:
• Click here
For additional information, visit the College Board Site's Student Guide at: http://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students