What is the Accuplacer Test and how is it used?

Posted: February 09, 2016 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 1 minutes

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What is the ACCUPLACER test?

The purpose of the ACCUPLACER test is to provide useful information about academic skills in math, reading, and writing. More than 8 millions tests are taken every year. It is a test that helps identify strengths and needs in each subject area.

How is the ACCUPLACER used?

The academic advisers and counselors at Southern Utah University 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 provide opportunities for success.


The ACCUPLACER is in an online format that is computer-adaptive. Questions change based on the answers given. If an answer is correct, the next question is progressively harder. If the answer is incorrect, the questions become easier. ACCUPLACER tests are untimed.

How long does the ACCUPLACER test take to complete?

The ACCUPLACER is untimed. 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.

It’s a good idea to ask your academic adviser about Southern Utah University’s testing policies and procedures. That way, you’re prepared and can plan accordingly.

How to Prepare for ACCUPLACER?

You can prepare for ACCUPLACER by taking advantage of the study tools and resources offered.

Use these tools to become familiar with the types and format of ACCUPLACER test questions. They can help you identify the academic areas where you may need a little help, and prepare to improve.

You cannot “pass” or “fail” the placement tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.

This article was published more than 5 years ago and might contain outdated information or broken links. As a result, its accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

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