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What should I know about Accuplacer?

The only thing you must bring to the test is your government-issued photo ID. The following forms of valid identifications are acceptable:

  • Driver’s License
  • State Issued ID
  • Monmouth County ID (click here for instructions on how to get one)
  • High School ID (if you are still in high school)
  • Passport

You are allowed only scrap paper and a pencil which are supplied by the Testing Center staff. You may not use: textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, calculators, or other papers of any kind. All personal items, including turned off cell phones, must be locked up. You will be supplied with a lock.

Anyone who gives or receives help during the test or uses notes, books of any kind, or is found with a cell phone, will not be allowed to continue the test, and will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs as having violated Brookdale’s Academic Integrity Code.


Accuplacer is a computer based test. You use either the keyboard or the mouse to enter your answers and supply other information. A Test Administrator will always be present if you have questions or problems. The Test Administrator has the ability to resolve any difficulties that may occur.

You will be presented with from 12 to 20 questions. The questions appear one at a time on the computer screen. Most questions are multiple choice, and all you 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.

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. We have found the full battery of tests (reading, sentence skills, computation, and algebra) can take students anywhere from one to three hours.

Following the test, no materials, notes or scrap paper may be removed from the room. Brookdale may cancel your score if there is reason to question its validity.

Brookdale uses five different portions of Accuplacer. We use Reading, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Algebra, and for students with higher level Math skills, sometimes the College Level Math. A brief description of each, along with sample questions, follows. For more intensive preparation, see our section entitled “How Can I Prepare for Accuplacer?”


SENTENCE SKILLS

This test measures your understanding of sentence structure – how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear.

Before you begin, there will be two sample questions with the correct answers indicated. In some questions you will be asked to select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original. If you think the original sentence is the best, choose the first one.

Sample Question

Ms. Rose planning to teach a course in biology next summer.

A. planning
B. are planning
C. with a plan
D. *plans

The correct answer is plans. The sentence should be “Ms. Rose plans to teach a course in biology next summer.”

Sample Question

Being a female jockey, she was often interviewed.

Rewrite, beginning with:

She was often interviewed . . .

The next words will be

A. on account of she was
B. by her being
C. *because she was
D. being as she was

The correct answer is because she was. The sentence should be “She was often interviewed because she was a female jockey.”


READING COMPREHENSION

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

A. artists have a tendency to waste valuable time
B. *creativity and mass-production are incompatible
C. most people do not appreciate good art
D. 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?

A. It restates the idea found in the first.
B. *It states an effect.
C. It gives an example.
D. It analyzes the statement made in the first.

The correct answer is It states an effect.


ARITHMETIC

The Arithmetic test measures your skills in three primary categories. The first is operations with whole numbers and fractions and recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers. The second category involves operations with decimals and percents, fractions and percent equivalencies and estimation problems. The last category involves applications and problem solving. Questions include rate, percent, and measurement problems, and geometry problems.

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 scratch work.

10 + 3 =

A. 7
B. *13
C. 30
D. 40

The correct answer is 13.


ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA

There are three categories in the Elementary Algebra test. The first is operations with integers and rational numbers, the use of absolute value and ordering. The second category is operations with algebraic expressions with the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions and the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions and factoring. The third category tests skills in equation solving, inequalities and word problems. These questions include solving systems of linear equations, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems.

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 scratch work.

2x + 3x + y =

A. 6xy
B. *5x + y
C. 5(x + y)
D. 6x + y

The correct answer is 5x + y.


COLLEGE-LEVEL MATHEMATICS

The College-Level Mathematics test measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are six content areas measured on this test. a) Algebraic Operations; b) Solutions of Equations and Inequalities; c) Coordinate Geometry; d) Applications and other Algebra Topics; e) Functions and f) Trigonometry.

Sample Question

The graph of which of the following equations is a straight line parallel to the graph of y = 2x?

A. 4x – y = 4
B. 2x – 2y = 2
C. *2x – y = 4
D. 2x + y = 2
E. x – 2y = 4

The correct answer is 2x-y = 4.

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