Relax! ACCUPLACER was designed to help you succeed in college. 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 underdeveloped skills before they can interfere with your learning.
Tips for Taking Accuplacer
Get rest and arrive early. You will be able to concentrate better 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, bathrooms, etc., and gather your thoughts before the test begins. If you wear glasses, remember to bring them!
Watch and listen carefully. Pay attention to directions, and be sure you understand the directions before you begin each test. If you are unclear on what to do, ask the test proctor.
No do-overs. Because this is an adaptive test, questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question but you cannot come back to change an answer once you have moved ahead to another question.
Do your best on each 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.
Not allowed. Calculators, cell phones or any other electronic devices, textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, or other papers of any kind (except scratch paper provided for use with the math tests) are not allowed in the testing room. Further, anyone who gives or receives help during the test will not be allowed to continue the test. Following the test period, no test materials or scratch paper may be removed from the room. No food or drink is allowed in the testing area.
Bring ID. Remember to bring an official picture I.D. Make sure you know your social security number.