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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

Take practice tests with the free online or smartphone app located at


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

UCA’s ACCUPLACER Score Requirements

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER

  • Quantitative Reasoning, Analysis, and Statistics: 265
  • Reading: 275
  • Writing: 260

Classic ACCUPLACER (discontinued January 2018)

  • Elementary Algebra: 77
  • Reading Comprehension: 78
  • Sentence Skills: 83

ACCUPLACER scores are valid for two years from test date. 


Complete this form to request a copy of your previous test scores.