Study for the Accuplacer

Below are links to study materials that you may want to review before taking the Accuplacer test.

Resource Name Description Areas Covered
The Official Accuplacer App The web-based study app contains free sample tests and practice problems for reading and math. Math & Reading
Edready This site contains free tutorials, plenty of practice problems, and sample tests for math only. Math
Printable Study Guides Print off study guides and practice on your own for reading and math. Math & Reading
Mometrix Accuplacer Prep This site contains a comprehensive review video and practice tests for the math and reading portions of the Accuplacer. Math & Reading
Purple Math Purple math contains modules that feature algebra lessons, demonstrate useful techniques and show ways to prevent common errors. Math
Online Math Learning Online Math Learning has modules from arithmetic and beyond. These modules include videos, written explanations and examples. Math

Tips for Studying

  • Skip the calculator –You can’t use a calculator on the math test, so try not to use it when studying.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to prepare.
  • Don’t be discouraged if the material is unfamiliar. 
  • Become familiar with the terms and formulas used on the test.
  • Stay positive! Remember, you can’t fail. The Accuplacer is a placement test, so it isn’t something you pass or fail.

Tips for Taking the Test

  • The test is computer adaptive, meaning the questions get harder as you get them right. This means each person’s test is different! It also means there isn’t a set number of questions you need to get right.
  • Take your time! The test is not timed, so go at your own pace.
  • You cannot go back to a question that was previously answered. Because of that, be sure you take time to check your answers before moving onto the next question.
  • Remember, the other people in the room around you might be taking different tests, so they might finish before or after you. Focus on your own test, and ignore those around you the best you can. Everyone will go through the test at a different pace.
  • Make sure you are well rested before taking the test.
  • You will get your scores immediately after finishing the tests.
  • Once finished, someone will sit down with you one-on-one to go over what your test score means for you and which classes it places you into.

What’s Covered on Each Test?

Arithmetic

  • Operations (+,-,x,÷)  with whole numbers, fractions, decimals
  • Recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers
  • Estimating
  • Percent problems
  • Fraction and percent equivalencies
  • Applications and problem solving
  • Rate, Percent and measurement
  • Simple geometry
  • Distribution of quantity into fractional parts

Elementary Algebra

  • Operations with integers, rational numbers, negative numbers, and algebraic expressions,
  • Use of absolute values
  • Ordering
  • Evaluation of simple formulas and expressions
  • Evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents
  • Simplifying algebraic fractions
  • Solve quadratic equations by factoring
  • Translating written phrases into algebraic expressions
  • Solving equations and linear inequalities
  • Applications and problem solving

College Math

  • Simplification of rational algebraic expressions
  • Factoring and expanding polynomials
  • Manipulating roots and exponents
  • Solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities
  • Systems of equations
  • Coordinate Geometry including points, lines, curves, conics, and algebraic functions
  • Complex numbers
  • Word problems
  • Function Notation
  • Exponential functions
  • Logarithmic functions
  • Determinants
  • Applications and problem solving
  • And more that is covered in College algebra and beyond

Reading

  • Main Idea/Topic
  • Author’s Purpose/Belief
  • Making Inferences
  • Supporting Details
  • Sentence Relationships