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Accuplacer diagnostic testing for continuing education coursework

Accuplacer Diagnostic Testing for Continuing Education Coursework:

Some Guidelines

Purpose of examination
Purpose of Examination

  • The test or tests you have been asked to complete will indicate that you have the appropriate beginning skills in English and math to enroll in the allied health course you would like to take.

Test features
Test Features

  • You will be expected to point and click with a computer mouse. A tutorial is available for you to practice this skill before you begin a test.

  • You will not be timed on any test.

  • Each test has a set number of questions, which are selected from a pool of test items. The level of difficulty will vary throughout the testing session depending on the answers you provide. This method provides a more accurate placement in a shorter time period.

Taking accuplacer
Taking Accuplacer

  • You will use your mouse to click on the answer you believe is correct.

  • You may change an answer while you are working on a screen. However, once you have clicked on “OK” to confirm an answer, you will not be able to return to that question.

  • You may not skip any question. If you are not sure of an answer, you must click on your best guess.

Features of reading comprehension test
Features of Reading Comprehension Test

  • This test assesses how well you understand what you have read. The test has 20 questions of two types:

    • A short or long passage followed by a question asking you to identify the main idea, identify a detail, or draw a conclusion.

    • Two sentences provided for you to determine the relationship between the two.

Features of mathematics test
Features of Mathematics Test

  • You will complete 17 questions from the arithmetic domain.

  • These questions will assess your understanding of whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages and your ability to solve problems involving rates, percents, or measurements.

Resources and restrictions during testing
Resources and Restrictions During Testing


  • Scrap paper is available on the computer towers. Pen or pencil may be used. The proctor will collect your scrap paper and destroy it after the session.


  • Dictionaries, notes, electronic devices, and personal calculators are prohibited.

  • All cell phones or electronic devices must be turned off and out of sight during testing.

  • Bathroom breaks may be taken between, not during, any test.

  • You may not leave the room unless you have been given permission by a testing proctor.

Doing your best
Doing Your Best

  • PRACTICE using the web resources on Wor-Wic’s web site found under Diagnostic Testing from either the “Quick Links” or “Future Students” option.

  • Visit the ACCUPLACER website (

    and PRACTICE using the sample questions provided.

  • Make sure you are well-rested and come in with a positive attitude.

  • Take your time and read each set of directions carefully.

Retesting options
Retesting Options

  • You are allowed to retest one time only on any or all parts of the test.

  • Research indicates that retesting is most valuable if your initial score is in the suggested retest range.

  • You should complete SIGNIFICANT review before you retest.

Closing thoughts
Closing Thoughts

  • Completing additional practice before taking the testsis the best way to assure the most accurate placement for your college courses.

  • When you exit this PowerPoint presentation, you should look at the list of practice site links provided for you. Click on the links that relate to the test or tests you are scheduled to take.

  • When you feel you are ready to take the placement tests, return to the Admissions office at the College to pick up your testing referral form.