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ACCUPLACER Testing

What is ACCUPLACER?

ACCUPLACER is an assessment which can help students identify their academic strengths and needs to assist in planning an appropriate schedule of coursework at North Carolina Central University.

ACCUPLACER 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). ACCUPLACER is used at more than 1,000 colleges nationwide, in an On-line format.

Each ACCUPLACER test is designed using adaptive techniques. Meaning that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented based on responses to prior questions. This technique "zeroes-in" on just the right questions to ask you without being too easy or too difficult. Because the test is adaptive, students will only have to answer 17 to 22 questions in each section. All questions are multiple choice and answers are selected using easy "point and click" methods. The test is also un-timed so students are able to do their very best

Tips for Taking ACCUPLACER

  1. Relax! ACCUPLACER was designed to facilitate your success in college. Your score helps you and your advisor to determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once your academic strengths and needs are identified, we can find the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they interfere with your learning.
  2. You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test. Plan on arriving a few minutes early so you can acquaint yourself with the environment and gather your thoughts before the test begins. If you wear glasses, remember to bring them!
  3. Make sure you understand all administrative and test directions before you begin the Accuplacer. The testing administrators present will be able to address any of your questions or concerns.
  4. Because this is an "adaptive test", questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. You must answer every question when it is first given and there is no returning to previous questions.
  5. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to logically eliminate one or more of the choices then pick one of the remaining choices.
  6. You are not allowed to use dictionaries, calculators, notebooks, or textbooks of any kind on the test. Scratch paper for solving math problems will be provided by the test administrator. Any student 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 your test period,
  7. Following your test period, no test materials or notes may be removed from the room.
  8. No test materials or notes may be removed from the room.
  9. Remember to bring your social security number and some form of picture I.D. with you to the testing session.
  10. Good luck!!

Sample Questions for Accuplacer

 
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