English Placement Testing | ACCUPLACER

"I first took the placement test a few weeks ago and did not score high enough to get into classes I needed. Therefore, I used the Accuplacer practice testing program to assist me in my studies to achieve a better score. In the end I was able to score 3 points higher on my writing score and around a 20-point difference with my reading. So I encourage people to study off of the Accuplacer app to help improve your scores."
- T. Guidiño

The English placement test is a two-part online test that includes a reading comprehension section and an essay (WritePlacer).

  • What's the reading comprehension test like?

    The reading comprehension test consists of 22 multiple choice questions.

  • What's WritePlacer?

    In the WritePlacer section, you'll read a short passage and a question related to the passage you read. You'll be asked to answer the question in a multi-paragraph essay (300–600 words) with no time limit. Scores on WritePlacer range from 1–8. Essays will be graded by the computer software on these six characteristics:

    • Purpose and Focus
    • Organization and Structure
    • Development and Support
    • Sentence Variety and Style
    • Mechanical Conventions
    • Critical Thinking
  • How can I prepare for my English placement test?
  • How does my English placement test score impact which course I take?
    We use a combination of reading score and WritePlacer score to determine placement.
    Reading Score (200-300)
    225 and below 226-236 237-250 251+
    WritePlacer Score (1-8) 1-2 Automatic retest Automatic retest Automatic retest Automatic retest
    3 Automatic retest Automatic retest ENG 095
    if ESL, then ENG 097
    ENG 095
    if ESL, then ENG 097
    4 Automatic retest ENG 095
    if ESL, then ENG 097
    ENG 095
    if ESL, then ENG 097
    ENG 151
    5 Automatic retest ENG 095
    if ESL, then ENG 097
    ENG 151 ENG 151
    6+ Automatic retest ENG 151 ENG 151 ENG 151
    MCC Reading Placement (Score Range 200-300)
    Score Course
    0-225 Retest required
    226-236 RDG 090
    237-250 RDG 110
    251+ No reading required

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