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  • ACCUPLACER OVERVIEW

     

    About the Assessment

     
    College Board™ developed the ACCUPLACER™ Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs), with the help of committees of college faculty, to provide information about your level of skill and accomplishment in English, Reading, Mathematics, and Basic Computer Skills. Your college may use the scores you receive and other information that you provide to help determine the English, Reading, Mathematics, and Computer Skills courses most appropriate for you at this time. There are eight multiple choice computerized placement tests available in the ACCUPLACER program. Your college will determine which of these tests you should take.
     
     
    Who Must Take the Test 
     
    Your college will let you know if you need to take one or more of the ACCUPLACER tests.
     
     
    Special Arrangements for Students with Disabilities 
     
    If you have a disability or temporarily disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, inform the Test Administrator before taking the test. These requests should be made directly to the Test Administrator at your college. No additional charge should be made for these special arrangements.
     
     
    What to Take With You to the Tests 
     
    On the day of the test, you should be sure to take your student ID number (usually your social security number) and a black or blue pen.
    When you arrive to take the assessment, the Test Administrator will ask you to provide photo identification. You will then be seated to take the placemen test.
     
     
    Testing Regulations 
     
    Before taking the tests you will be asked to confirm that you have read the testing regulations and that you agree to comply with them. Take a look at the Testing Rules and Conditions that are included at the end of this Student Guide.
     
     

    The Multiple Choice Tests

     
     
    Answering the Questions 
     
    Because you take the ACCUPLACER tests on a computer, you do not have to answer as many questions as on traditional paper-and-pencil tests. The number of questions on the eight tests ranges from 12-30. The questions appear one at a time on the computer screen. Since most questions are multiple choice, all you will need to do is use the Enter key or mouse to select an answer. When you have completed the question and confirmed your answer, a new screen will appear with your next question.
     
     
    Adaptive Testing 
     
    Each test is adaptive. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. This technique selects just the right questions to ask without being too easy or too difficult.
     
    Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. However, once you have selected and confirmed your answer, you cannot return to that question.
     
     
    Test Format 
     
    ACCUPLACER Online presents one question at a time. Each page presents the question and several possible answer choices. The page may also include additional information that is needed to answer the question such as a reading passage, picture or table of information. This page is illustrated below.
     
     
    Choosing an Answer 
     
    To select an answer, use the mouse to move the arrow pointer to the circle button next to the answer you wish to choose and click on the button. The circle will then will be filled indicating that this is the answer you have chosen. Click on the next button to move on. A box will come up on the screen asking you to confirm your answer or giving you the opportunity to cancel and go back and choose a different answer. If you wish to confirm, simply click on OK, if you want to cancel and go back and choose a different answer click on cancel and select a new answer.
     
     
    Guessing 
     
    ACCUPLACER™ is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. Once you go on to the next question, you cannot return to the question.
     
    If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more or the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices
     
     
    At the end of the test 
     
    At the end of the test, you will either see a page indicating that you have completed all the testing or one indicating the test that you have just completed followed by the next test you will take.
     
     

    Descriptions of the Tests

     
    READING COMPREHENSION TEST
     
    This test measures your ability to understand what you read.
     
    Before you begin there will be two sample questions with the correct answers indicated.
     
    Some questions will ask you to read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage.
     
     
    Sample Question 
     
    There are two types of pottery that I do. There is production pottery---mugs, tableware--- the kinds of things that sell easily. These pay for my time to do the other work, which is more creative and satisfies my needs as an artist.
     
    The author of the passage implies that 
      
    artists have a tendency to waste valuable time 
      
    *creativity and mass-production are incompatible 
      
    most people do not appreciate good art 
      
    pottery is not produced by creative artists 
    The correct answer is creativity and mass-production are incompatible.
     
    The author of the passage implies that creativity and mass-production are incompatible.
     
    In other questions, two underlined sentences are followed by a question or statement. Read the sentences, then choose the best answer to the question or the best completion of the statement.
     
     
    Sample Question 
     
    The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought in fifteen years.
     
    Corn and soybean prices are expected to be very high this year.
     
    What does the second sentence do?
     
    It restates the idea found in the first.
     
    *It states an effect.
     
    It gives an example.
     
    It analyzes the statement made in the first.
     
    The correct answer is It states an effect.
     
     
    ARITHMETIC TEST 
     
    This test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.
     
    Before you begin there will be a sample question with the correct answer indicated.
     
     
    Sample Question 
     
    Solve the following problem. You may use the paper you have been given for scratchwork.
    10 + 3 =
     
    7
     
    *13
     
    30
     
    40
     
    The correct answer is 13.
     
     
    ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA TEST 
     
    This test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts.
    Before you begin there will be a sample question with the correct answer indicated.
     
     
    Sample Question 
     
    Solve the following problem. You may use the paper you have been given for scratchwork.
     
    2x + 3x + y =
     
    6xy
     
    *5x + y
     
    5(x + y)
     
    6x + y
     
    The correct answer is 5x + y.
     
    COMPUTER SKILLS PLACEMENT TEST (CSP) 
    CSP was designed to assess a student's basic computer skills competency. It is aligned with the syllabus of basic computer skills courses. Each skill area consists of 10 questions that are a mix of performance-based and multiple-choice items.
     
     
    CSP Basic (Vista/2007) 
     
    Basic 30-Question Version (3 skill sets)
     
    1. Using the Computer and Managing Files
    2. Word Processing
    3. Information and Communication
     

    Testing Rules and Conditions

     
    1. I understand that I must comply with these testing rules and conditions and if I fail to do so, my test results may be canceled, no monies will be refunded and legal action or other remedies may be pursued.
     
    2. I understand that ACCUPLACER is administered to obtain information to assist in placing me in the appropriate course, determining the need for developmental coursework or meeting college or other governing body mandates. I further understand that ACCUPLACER may only be taken for these reasons and may not be taken for any other reason.
     
    3. I understand that I must have proper identification to be permitted to take ACCUPLACER. Proper identification includes two pieces of positive identification one of which includes a picture.
     
    4. I understand that my responses may be used for purposes of training and instruction. Further, I understand that if my response is used for these purposes individual identifying information will be removed
     
    5. I understand that the test administrators are responsible for maintaining a secure test administration and that I authorize the administrators to act as my agents in maintaining test security and will cooperate with them. I further agree to follow all reasonable oral or written instructions presented at the test administration. I understand that if I fail to comply with this requirement, I may be dismissed from the test administration and/or my score may be canceled.
     
    6. I agree not to communicate with other examinees or other individuals other than the test administrators during the test administration. I further agree not to disrupt or in any way behave in any way that would adversely affect my performance or the performance of other examinees. I understand that if I fail to comply with this requirement, I may be dismissed from the test administration and/or my score may be canceled.
     
    7. I understand that all test questions and other test materials are the property of The College Board and/or its contractors and have been developed at great cost. I further understand that the materials must be kept confidential and secure from disclosure. These materials are not available to me outside of the test administration, either before or after the test administration. I understand that I can not and will not take any assessment materials including notes from the test administration room. Any other duplication of test materials, in whole or in part is prohibited. I promise and agree not to disclose any of the contents of the assessment and will not duplicate or reproduce information contained in those booklets in whole or in part. I understand that if I should fail to comply with this requirement, I may be liable for the costs associated with a failure to comply and may be subject to other legal remedies including injunctive relief for any such action on my part.
     
    8. I understand that my scores will be made available to institutions of higher education, and appropriate state agencies. If I wish to cancel my scores I must do so before leaving the test center by notifying the test administrators in writing of my desire to do so. If The College Board has any doubt about the legitimacy or validity of my score, they may cancel my test score if in their sole opinion there is adequate reason to question the validity or legitimacy of the score.
     
    9. I understand and agree that liability for test administration activities, including but no limited to the accuracy of the assessment materials, assessment scores, administration conditions including computer equipment, will be limited to a retake of the assessment or correction of the scores at no additional charge. I waive all rights to all further claims arising out of any acts or omissions of The College Board or its contractors.
     
    10. I understand that the assessment itself and the assessment program are subject to change at the sole discretion of the College Board and its contractors.
     
    If I object to any of these rules or conditions, I understand that I will advise the test administrators before the test administration and the objection will be considered prior to allowing me to take the assessment. If my objection is not honored, I will not be permitted to take the assessment.
     
    I understand that should any of these rules or conditions or other aspect of the assessment process be declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or illegal, the remaining rules, conditions and assessment components will not be affected and will remain in effect.