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Students planning to enroll in English or Mathematics courses or in courses requiring English or Mathematics prerequisites must take placement tests unless they qualify for an exemption. 

Placement Test Exemption Policies{expander}

  1. NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS Non-degree seeking students may be exempt from placement testing. Upon completion of 12 credits, non-degree seeking students must consult with an advisor for consent to register for additional coursework without placement testing. Such consent is granted based upon academic goals and past performance.
  2. GPA EXEMPTION English – Students with high school GPA of 2.7 or higher and have taken at least 2 years of high school English or students with 2.4-2.69 GPA plus 4 years of high school English may be exempt from placement testing. Math – Students with high school GPA of 2.7 or higher and have taken at least 2 years of high school Math or students with 2.4-2.69 GPA plus 4 years of high school Math may be exempt from placement testing.
  3. PRIOR COLLEGE-LEVEL ENGLISH AND/OR MATHEMATICS COURSEWORK Students who can verify with a transcript or grade report successful completion of prior college-level English and appropriate college-level Mathematics courses are exempt from taking the related placement test.
  4. EXEMPTION BY DEGREE Students who hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the United States are exempt from basic skills placement testing.
  5. COMPLETION OF THE PLACEMENT TEST AND/OR THE HIGHEST DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL AT ANOTHER COLLEGE – Students who have taken the placement exam at another college within the past two years or students who have completed the highest level of English as a Second Language (ESL) developmental reading, writing, and/or mathematics coursework at another college are eligible for a placement test exemption.
  6. STANDARDIZED TESTS
    Exemption by SAT – SAT-Critical Reading Score of 500 or above exempts
        ACCUPLACER English tests. SAT-Math Score of 500 or above exempts
        ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra and Arithmetic tests.
    Exemption by ACT – ACT Composite Score of 21 or above exempts
        ACCUPLACER English, Elementary Algebra and Arithmetic tests.

How and Where to take the Exam(s){expander}

Currently the exams are being proctored by the Information Technology Department of AUC.
Phone: 978-368-2386
eMail: ITS@auc.edu
Location: Haskell Hall, #213

For better results, schedule the testing.  Walk-ins are welcomed.
Time: Every Wednesday, starting at 3:00pm.  The department closes at 5pm.

Math Exam{expander}

Arithmetic
The Arithmetic test, comprised of 17 questions, measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are three types of Arithmetic questions:

  • Operations with whole numbers and fractions: topics included in this category are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.
  • Operations with decimals and percents: topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also given.
  • Applications and problem solving: topics include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

Elementary Algebra
The Elementary Algebra test, comprised of 12 questions, 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, word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities, solving quadratic equations by factoring, 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, comprised of 20 questions, 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.

Reading Exam{expander}

Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.
Sentence Skills
The Sentence Skills test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your understanding of sentence structure — what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, and others with the relationships between two sentences.

 

Writing Exam{expander}

WritePlacer (Written Essay)

The WritePlacer test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. 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

Practice before taking the test!

Accuplacer provides and App to practice for the test!

Accuplacer Practice Free App link: https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login

Undergraduate Division{expander}

Accuplacer Scores and Designation:

 

ENGL 091

  Essay < 5

  Sentence Skills < 68

 

INDC 050

  Reading Comprehension < 69

 

MATH 041

  Elementary Algebra < 55

Continuing Education Division{expander}

Accuplacer Scores and Designation:

 

ENGL 091

  Essay < 4

  Sentence Skills < 65

 

INDC 050

  Reading Comprehension < 65

 

MATH 041

  Arithmetic < 50

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