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The ACCUPLACER is an untimed, multiple-choice, computer-delivered placement test that measures proficiency in the following three areas:

Reading Comprehension (Classic ACCUPLACER)

The Reading Comprehension test measures the ability to understand and identify main ideas, make inferences, and distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.

Sentence Skills (Classic ACCUPLACER)

The Sentence Skills test measures understanding of sentence structure—what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions deal with the logic of a single sentence, and others with the relationships between sentences.

Elementary Algebra (Classic ACCUPLACER)

The Elementary Algebra test measures the 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, and word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities; solving quadratic equations by factoring; and solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

Preparing for the ACCUPLACER

Take practice tests with the free online or smartphone app located at Make sure to select the “Classic ACCUPLACER” instead of the Next-Generation option.

A printable practice test is also available:


Taking the ACCUPLACER at UCA

  • ID Requirement: A valid, government-issued photo ID is required. High School students may use a current school photo ID or the ACT Student Identification Form, available at
  • Cost: $5 per test section, payable by cash or check only.
  • Appointment: Contact our office at 501-450-3209 for an appointment.
  • Location: Torreyson West, 3rd floor, room 315