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



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


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


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

 Preparing for the ACCUPLACER

This practice resembles the real testing environment – including the calculator and highlighter functionalities and features like Learn as You Go and the ability to save practice test history.

Scheduling the ACCUPLACER

To take the Accuplacer on campus, contact or call 501-450-3209 to make an appointment.

To take the Accuplacer remotely, complete a voucher request below.



  •  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

If not, complete the form at and your request will be processed promptly.