ACCUPLACER

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About the ACCUPLACER

The Next-Generation ACCUPLACER is a group of untimed, multiple choice, computer-delivered tests that assess proficiency in three key areas:

 

Reading

The Next-Generation Reading test measures the ability to derive meaning of words and phrases in the context of short and extended passages that vary in content, writing modes, and complexities.

Passages on the test cover a range of content areas (including science, history, and literary nonfiction), writing modes (informative, argument, and narrative), and complexities (relatively easy to very challenging).

Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:

  • Information and Ideas: reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, and understanding relationships
  • Rhetoric: analyzing word choice, text structure, point of view, purpose, and arguments
  • Synthesis: analyzing multiple texts
  • Vocabulary

Reading sample questions are available at http://uca.edu/go/ReadingSampleQs.

Writing

The Next-Generation Writing test evaluates the ability to revise and edit multiparagraph texts. Questions cover two knowledge and skills categories:

  • Expression of Ideas: Development, organization, and effective language use
  • Standard English Conventions: Sentence structure, usage, and punctuation

Writing sample questions are available at http://uca.edu/go/WritingSampleQs.

Algebra

There are multiple levels of Next-Generation math tests. UCA determines math placement using the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) test, which assesses a wide range of knowledge and skills:

  • Rational numbers
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Probability Sets
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Geometry Concepts

QAS Sample questions are available at http://uca.edu/go/MathSampleQs.

 Preparing for the ACCUPLACER

Take practice tests with the free online or smartphone app located at https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/

 Scheduling the ACCUPLACER

To take the Accuplacer remotely:
  • Email testing@uca.edu with the following information:
    • Student’s full name, DOB, email address, country, and state
    • Student ID number (if applicable)
    • Whether or not you’ve taken the Accuplacer through UCA (on campus or remotely)
    • What test(s) you need to take out of Reading, Writing, and QAS
  • University Testing staff will generate a voucher for you to take the test remotely.
  • You will receive an email from Accuplacer entitled “Remote Voucher Notification.” Keep this email! It advises you how to register for an account and contains your voucher number, expiration date, and other important information.
  • After you create an account, you will receive an email providing your user credentials and instructions on how to schedule your test.
  • The administration fee is currently $25 (subject to change), payable directly to Examity upon creating the appointment.
  • Other information about taking the Accuplacer through Examity is located at https://examity.com/accuplacer-students/.
  • After you complete the test, you can access your scores via the Accuplacer Student Portal at https://studentportal.accuplacer.org/#/studentisr.

To take the Accuplacer on campus:

UCA’s ACCUPLACER Policies

  •  Score requirements to test out of transitional courses, effective December 2020:
    • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics: 249
    • Reading: 251
    • Writing: 251
  • ACCUPLACER scores are valid for two years from test date. Therefore, Classic Accuplacer scores are no longer accepted.
  • Retest restrictions: Accuplacer may not be taken more than once per day, and no more than three times in a 30-day period.

Accessing your Accuplacer scores:

Your Accuplacer score may be available online via the Accuplacer Student Portal at https://studentportal.accuplacer.org/#/studentisr.

If not, complete the form at https://uca.edu/testing/test-scores/ and your request will be processed promptly.