ACCUPLACER Test Topics And Tips

June 12, 2018 0 Comments

ACCUPLACER Test Topics And Tips


The ACCUPLACER is for a variety of student learning from all backgrounds and locations within the United States. It is up to you, your guidance counselor, and your university to determine if this is the test you should take, in order to determine your next steps in your education journey.

As you take the test, your skill level is determined after each question is answered. If you correctly answer a difficult question, you will be given another difficult question, and so on. Therefore, the test is personalized and different for everyone.

  • No time limit on the test, but usually students can complete within 90 minutes.
  • There is no set number of questions. The number of questions can range from 12 to 40 questions.
  • Once you have answered a question and moved on to the next question, you are NOT able to go back to previous questions.
  • Scores are available immediately after finishing the exam.


It is important to brush up on reading, writing, and math skills, as well as take ACCUPLACER practice tests to help you prepare for the exam.


This section will test the student’s ability to comprehend written material. Typically, a paragraph will be provided and you will need to choose the appropriate answer which is asked, i.e. what is the meaning of the passage. The choices will be available via multiple choice.


In this section, the student will want to brush up on basic grammar rules. As they will be tested on appropriate grammar. Students will choose the correct multiple choice answer.

A writing sample may be asked of the student. Often in the form of an essay. Students will need to demonstrate focus, organization, development and support, and sentence structure. The writing section may have a time limit.

Brush up on basic rules of grammar. Know The eight parts of basic sentence: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections. Dependent vs independent clauses of a complex sentence. i.e. what do you join two independent clauses with, etc.

Rules of punctuation and subject verb agreement

Study terms and formal terms. Know what they are and how they work. i.e. coordinate conjunctions, sub conjunctions, subject verb agreement.


Students will be asked to answer math questions which stem from high school arithmetic, algebra, and college-level math. Topics that should be reviewed prior to taking the test include: Algebra, arithmetic, averages, rounding, exponents, estimation and sequencing, graphs, measurement, geometry, fractions, square roots, percents, ratios.