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Things to Know / Frequently Asked Questions About the ACCUPLACER Exam

ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate studentsÍ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. ACCUPLACER delivers immediate and precise results, offering both placement and diagnostic tests, to support intervention and help answer the challenges of accurate placement and remediation.

The exam is administered throughout the year. Typically, students will take the ACCUPLACER Exam prior to and during registration for each term or semester.

If you have specific questions in regards to your need for taking this exam, please contact your student services advisor.

Students are exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER exam if they have:

  1. Completed a Bachelor's or Associate's Degree
  2. Taken ENG 1101 (COMP 1) or MTH 1110 or MTH 1112 with a grade of "C" or better
  3. Taken one of the following tests and met the listed required score (valid ACT or SAT scores must be less than three years old):
    • ACT (English Component Score of 20 or higher Math Component Score of 23 or higher)
    • SAT (EBRW Score of 510 or higher; Math Component Score of 550 or higher)
  4. Previously taken an ACCUPLACER exam at another institution (score transcript must be provided and be less than three years old)
  5. Taken and received credit for an AP Exam

If you are not sure if you need to take the test or which parts of the test you will be required to take, the following information is given to assist you.

Take the ACCUPLACER exam...

  • If you are transferring from another college or university and have not successfully completed a college-level English Composition course and/or a college-level, algebra-based Mathematics course
  • If you do not have ACT/SAT scores
  • If you have ACT or SAT scores but they are more than three years old
  • If your English Component ACT sub score is below 20 or your SAT EBRW score is below 510 (take the WritePlacer ACCUPLACER Exam)
  • If your Math component ACT sub score is below 23 or your SAT Math score is below 550 (take the Math ACCUPLACER Exam)

Students must take the ACCUPLACER exam at an approved ACCUPLACER testing location such as a Troy University Site or another college or university that administers the ACCUPLACER Placement Exam to its students. You may check with the ACCUPLACER Scheduler to see if an online proctoring option is available.

Please use this link to access the ACCUPLACER Placement Exam Registration.

Once you submit your form, the TROY Online ACCUPLACER Scheduler will respond to your email with instructions on how to schedule to take your exam.

Students who take the English exam (WritePlacer) will have 40 minutes to complete the exam. Students are given a 10-minute warning before the exam ends.

Students who take the Math exam do not have a time limit, as the exam is untimed. Therefore, students are able to work at a pace thatÍs comfortable for them so that they can focus on doing their best to demonstrate their skills.

Students taking the ACCUPLACER Math exam will begin by completing the Elementary Algebra exam. Depending on how well the student performs on this test will determine whether the student completes the College Algebra exam. Students will be provided scratch paper. A calculator is built into the exam and will be available for questions that require the use of a calculator. No outside calculators are permitted. Descriptions of each exam type are as follows:

Elementary Algebra

The Elementary Algebra test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts. There are three types of elementary algebra questions:

  • Operations with integers and rational numbers: topics include computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • Operations with algebraic expressions: topics include the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
  • Solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities; solving quadratic equations by factoring; and solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

College-Level Math

The College-Level Math test measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are five types of college-level math questions:

  • Algebraic operations: topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities: topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems, and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry: topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics: topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems.
  • Functions and trigonometry: topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

WritePlacer

The WritePlacer test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas. The position you take on the essay topic doesnÍt affect your score. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Focus: The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view.
  • Organization: The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas.
  • Development and Support: The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details.
  • Sentence Structure: The effectiveness of your sentence structure.
  • Mechanical Conventions: The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics.

For more information about what to expect on the ACCUPLACER exams, please review the following:

***Troy University students should use the Classic ACCUPLACER study guides (Elementary Algebra, College Algebra, and WritePlacer)

Immediately after testing***, you will be provided with a print-out showing your scores. Testing staff will review this information with you.

***In some instances, students taking the WritePlacer may receive a score sheet notating that the exam must be hand-graded. In those cases, students will receive an official score the following business day. The student should check back with the Test Administrator to receive a copy of the report notating the official score.

Every student is offered a maximum of two chances to take the placement exam. A student must wait at least 30 days before retesting.

ACCUPLACER exams are designed to assess your current skills in order to determine your readiness for college classes.

Students are welcome to use the following links to prepare for the exam:

***Troy University students should use the Classic ACCUPLACER study guides (Elementary Algebra, College Algebra, and WritePlacer)

* Relax! The ACCUPLACER exams are designed to help you succeed in college. Once you identify your academic strengths and needs, you can select the right courses and get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills.

* Pace yourself! If you are taking the WritePlacer exam, use your time wisely to plan and type your response. If you are taking the Math exam, there is no time limit, so feel free to take as much time as you need.

* Ask questions if you do not understand the process for ACCUPLACER. Testing staff are available to help you.