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Accuplacer/Placement Testing

Accuplacer/Placement Testing

What is it?

Accuplacer Testing is designed to see if you are ready for college level courses in the areas of Math, Reading, and English. Accuplacer is not admission exam. There is no pass or fail; accuplacer is an evaluation tool. It specifically looks at what level of math, reading, and English courses you should be in to help ensure success in college level courses.
Depending on the level of Math, English, and Reading you are placed into can affect when you are able to take college level courses. For example, if you place in "English 030" you have to complete the following courses "ENG 030", "ENG. 060", "ENG. 090" before you can take "ENG. 121". "ENG. 121" is the college level English Course. In addition, classes below "ENG. 121" will not count towards a degree. But they do count towards athletic eligibility and athletic GPA eligibility.

It is important to take the test seriously and come in well rested and prepared to test!

Study Guides

There are study guides available to help you refresh your memory before taking the accuplacer. Click on the links below.
Accuplacer Practice
Study Guide Zone

Varsity Tutors

If you have the following ACT scores (two years prior to enrollment) you do not have to take the Accuplacer:

English 18
Reading 17
Mathematics 19 (MAT 120)
Mathematics 23 (MAT 121)

For the SAT you need the following scores:

Verbal (English and Reading) 440
Mathematics 460

However, our past experiences indicate that a significant number of students who score higher than the scores listed but below 560 in Verbal and/or Mathematics experience difficulty in achieving success in college-level courses. If your relevant SAT scores fall within the 440/450-550 range, we strongly advise you to take the appropriate placement exam to ensure that you are placed into courses that optimize your likelihood of success in college.

Tips to prepare for Accuplacer:

  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Eat a healthy meal before the test.
  • Come mentally prepared to test.
  • Use the study guides to refresh your memory!

The Accuplacer has four areas of testing:

  • Reading
  • Arithmetic
  • Elementary Algebra
  • Sentence Skills (English)

Accuplacer Diagnostic has four testing areas; Reading, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and Sentence Skills. The Diagnostic is not used for placement purposes, but to look at what areas in a subject that a student may potentially have trouble with. Knowing specifically what a student is missing in an area can help them focus better on their studying.

Advancer Plus is a more in depth study guide for the Accuplacer testing. The Advancer Plus is broken down by subject area. Please contact sheila [dot] harper [at] cncc [dot] edu (Sheila Harper) about Advanced Plus.

Accuplacer Fees:

  • $10.00 for entire Accuplacer Test
  • $10.00 for two tests
  • $5.00 for one test
  • $10.00 Diagnostic Accuplacer Test in one area
  • $15.00 proctoring fee for individuals who are not CNCC Students
  • $33.00 for Advancer Plus for Accuplacer Testing


You can retest at anytime in all areas or just in one area. You can only retest twice in a semester in every area. If you test out of a current class, it allows you to move up to the next class level. However, you will receive the grade that you earned in the course you are currently enrolled in. If you feel that you will not be able to pass a course it is best to withdraw than receive a failing grade.

Off Site Test Proctoring:
If you are unable to take the placement test (Accuplacer) on campus you can have the test proctored. Please review the Off site Accuplacer Instructions and Form. You will also need to fill out the Testing Payment Authorization Form and Student Agreement Form.

Other Forms:

Testing Services Payment Authorization Form

Student Agreement with Signature Form - 2013

For more information please contact:

Robyn Wilson - Rangely
robyn [dot] wilson [at] cncc [dot] edu (subject: Accuplacer%20Inquiry)
Advising and Intervention Specialist
Toll Free: 800.562.1105, ext. 3282
Sheila Harper - Craig
sheila [dot] harper [at] cncc [dot] edu
ALAP/Developmental Studies
Toll Free: 800.562.1105, ext. 1126