Accuplacer tests your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Over 1,500 institutions administer Accuplacer tests as part of the enrollment process. These tests help identify your strengths and needs in each subject area. The academic advisers at your High School and CNCC will use your Accuplacer test results along with information about your academic background, goals, and interests to help you take courses that match your skill level and give you the best opportunities for success.

How Does Accuplacer Work?

Accuplacer uses an online format where test questions are based on your responses to each question you’ve already answered. Questions increase or decrease in difficulty depending on your answers as you work through the test. Accuplacer tests are untimed, so you can move at a comfortable pace. It’s important to give yourself enough time to do your best and complete the test because your results are the key factor in determining the courses you can take. Your results will be available immediately after you take the test. Concurrent students should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule accuplacer or (970) 629-0314.

Accuplacer Testing dates for Concurrent Students

Moffat County High School [table class="table table-bordered table-striped"] ,,, Friday, April 7, 2:30-4:30 pm, CNCC Craig Campus Friday, April 14, 2:30-5:30 pm, CNCC Craig Campus Tuesday, April 25, 4:00-6:00 pm, CNCC Craig Campus Friday, April 28, 2:30-5:30 pm, CNCC Craig Campus Tuesday, May 2, 4:00-6:00 pm, CNCC Craig Campus Friday, May 5, 2:30-5:30 pm, CNCC Craig Campus [/table] Soroco High School [table class="table table-bordered table-striped"] ,,, Tuesday, April 13, 6:00-8:00 pm, Soroco HS Computer Lab Thursday, April 14, 8:00am-3:00 pm, Soroco HS Computer Lab Tuesday, April 26, 6:00-8:00 pm, Soroco HS Computer Lab Thursday, April 27, 8:00am-3:00 pm, Soroco HS Computer Lab [/table] Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (970) 629-0314 to schedule your test!

When you arrive for testing

  • Bring your CNCC Student Id number
  • There is no need to bring a calculator or any electronic equipment.
  • Please be prepared to turn your phone off and check it in when you arrive.
  • Accuplacer initial testing is free for concurrent students. If you are
  • re-taking an accuplacer exam, be prepared to pay the $5-$10 fee.
  • The tests are not timed, but be prepared to spend at least 30 minutes per test.

Reading Comprehension Exam

There are 20 questions of two primary types on the Reading Comprehension test.

  • The first type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long passages are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.
  • The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences. The question may ask, for example, if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information.

Sentence Skills Exam

There are 20 Sentence Skills questions of two types.

  • The first type is sentence correction questions that require an understanding of sentence structure. These questions ask you to choose the most appropriate word or phrase to substitute for the underlined portion of the sentence.
  • The second type is construction shift questions. These questions ask that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original sentence.

Within these two primary categories, the questions are also classified according to the skills being tested. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, others with whether or not the answer is a complete sentence, and still others with the relationship between coordination and subordination.

Elementary Algebra Exam

A total of 12 questions are administered in this test.

  • The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • A second type involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
  • The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities, word problems. Solving linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

College Level Math Exam

There are 12 questions on the College-Level Mathematics. The College-Level Mathematics test assesses from intermediate algebra through precalculus.

  • Algebraic operations include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • A solution of equations and inequalities includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry includes plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics ask about complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems.
  • The last category, functions and trigonometry, presents questions about polynomials, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

Resources for Review and Preparation

CollegeBoard - This is a FREE computer, tablet, or smart phone App with 6 months of access to a “Learn as you Go” feature that provides immediate feedback after each question and includes an explanation for the correct response. This app will also help you identify areas of strength and weakness. It takes a few minutes to “purchase” the app and register to use it, but it is worth it. It appears as if you are purchasing an item, but please note that the cost is $0.00. Amis Testing - This resource includes many study guides you can use to prepare for any of the accuplacer exams. Accplacer Placement Testing - This resource includes study guides specifically for math exams. Accplacer Practice - These two sites allow you to complete accuplacer practice exams. Answers are included.

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,800 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.

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