What is ACCUPLACER?
ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments tailored for each test-taker and designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Is the ACCUPLACER exam required?
As part of the enrollment process, every first-time, Stark State College degree-seeking student is required to take the ACCUPLACER exam which is a computer-based placement test. Exceptions would be if they have ACT scores or college credit that waives this requirement. (ACT scores are valid for 2 years.)
PREPARING FOR THE ACCUPLACER EXAM
In order to save time and money, it is suggested that you study first. Learn how your ACCUPLACER score effects the cost of your college tuition:
How can I prepare/study for ACCUPLACER?
By attending a face-to-face/teacher-led College Entrance Exam Preparation (CEEP) workshop or using the next-generation ACCUPLACER practice link to access ACCUPLACER sample questions.
We believe that preparation is key and that the more that students know about what to expect before they take the exam, the better their chances of scoring higher, saving time and money and earning their degree faster.
How much time does the tests take?
Although the tests are not timed, most students take the test within 90 minutes.
How is it scored?
ACCUPLACER test scoring uses “cut scores.” This means that you need to score a certain level to be admitted to credit-bearing college courses in that subject, without having to take a remedial class first. Students scoring below the “cut score” for a test are directed toward remediation classes in the tested subject. These classes do not offer college credit and students must complete them before enrolling in college classes in the subject.
How are the scores used?
ACCUPLACER test scores are used by college counselors and instructors to place students in college-level courses that are appropriately challenging and not too far above their skill level. If there are one or more areas in which you have difficulty, these professionals can steer you toward sources of support, such as classes to strengthen your skills in those areas.
In other words, the ACCUPLACER test is not so much a test of what you know now, but a test of what you are ready to learn.
You cannot fail the test, as its purpose is to provide the best possible learning plan for you, so that you will be successful in future studies.
Accuplacer placement scoring rubric
How soon will I know my score?
ACCUPLACER will show immediate results when the tests are completed.
What is the costs of taking the ACCUPLACER exam?
There is no cost.
What should I bring?
- Technical devices, such as calculators, are not permitted.
(ACCUPLACER will display a calculator as needed during the tests)
- Pencils and scratch paper are provided.
Where can I test?
The test is administered at Stark State College and satellite testing centers. When you are ready to test, contact the:
Office of Admissions
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 330-494-6170 ext. 4228
Gateway Center 6200 Frank Ave. NW
North Canton, OH 44720
- Plan to arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your testing time to sign in.
- Park in the visitor lot in front of the Gateway Center building.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM PREP – CEEP
What is CEEP?
CEEP (College Entrance Exam Preparation) provides printed study materials and face-to-face instruction. Workshop sessions are FREE and are taught by experienced and excellent instructors from each ACCUPLACER test subject.
ACCUPLACER SAMPLE QUESTIONS
The next-generation writing assesses the following knowledge and skills:
- Expression of Ideas (development, organization, effective language use)
- Standard English Conventions (sentence structure, usage, and punctuation)
The next-generation reading assesses the following knowledge and skills:
- Information and Ideas (reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, understanding relationships)
- Rhetoric (analyzing word choice rhetorically, analyzing text structure, analyzing point of view, analyzing purpose, analyzing arguments)
- Synthesis (analyzing multiple texts)
Quantitative reasoning, algebra, and statistics samples (QAS)
The next-generation quantitative reasoning, algebra, and statistics (QAS) assesses the following knowledge and skills:
- Rational numbers
- Ratio and proportional relationships
- Algebraic expressions
- Linear equations
- Linear applications and graphs
- Probability sets
- Descriptive statistics
- Geometry concepts
The next-generation advanced algebra and functions (AAF) assesses the following knowledge and skills:
- Linear equations
- Linear applications and graphs
- Radical and rational equations
- Polynomial equations
- Exponential and logarithmic equations
What is the computer skills test?
Included in the testing process at Stark State College is a supplemental test that assesses basic computer skills.
The goal of the computer skills test is to assess and place the student in the appropriate level computer class.
Students are required to show competency and knowledge of the following:
- Basic knowledge of hardware
- Basic knowledge of software
- Basic knowledge of Windows OS
- Basic knowledge of file management
- Basic knowledge of the Internet
Web resources to help with computer skills:
COMPUTER BARE BASICS
If you need to learn to use a computer or brush up on your computer skills, register for FREE and UNLIMITED Computer Bare Basics workshops where you can learn about:
- Navigating a computer
- Computer components
- Windows operating system
- Computer vocabulary
- File management
- Microsoft Office:
- Mouse skills
- Typing skills
- The Internet and browser
See the events calendar for upcoming Computer Bare Basics workshops or contact:
ACCUPLACER and Computer Basics Training Specialist
330-494-6170 ext. 4977