Accuplacer/Foundational Skills Testing

What is Accuplacer?

Accuplacer is a Foundational Studies Placement Test that provides information about your level of skill and accomplishment in writing, mathematics and reading. By assessing your ability level in these areas, Accuplacer helps to determine the writing, mathematics, and reading courses most appropriate for you at this time.

All new degree students must take the Foundational Studies Accuplacer Placement Test which includes measurements of reading, writing and mathematics. This test is designed to assure that students are ready to perform college-ready work. Waivers of testing are available to students – see below “Who Must Take Accuplacer?” content.

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 Office of Student Conduct and Compliance as having violated Brookdale’s Academic Integrity Code.

Please provide more detailed information about Accuplacer.

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?”


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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.

Who must take Accuplacer?

All new degree students must take the Foundational Studies Accuplacer Placement Test, which includes measurements of reading, writing and mathematics. This test is designed to assure that students are ready to perform college-ready work. Waivers of testing are available to students under the following provisions:

Please Note: Your SAT, ACT, or Accuplacer scores must have been taken within the last three years to be considered for a waiver.  

Full Test Waiver (you will not have to take the test).

You have completed at least 24 college level credits with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited college. These 24 credits must include English Composition and a mathematics course higher than Elementary Algebra.

You have taken the Accuplacer test at another New Jersey college.

You have at least a four-year degree from an accredited college

Partial Test Waiver (you only need to take part of the test).

  1. You have taken the SAT and have scored as follows (as of 03/01/2016)

a) Math– a score of 530 or Higher will waive both the Computation and Algebra tests

b) Evidence Based Reading and Writing (ERW)– a score of 480 or higher  will waive both the Writing and Reading tests

2. You have taken the SAT test and have scored as follows (as of 9/1/07-2/29/2016):

a) Critical Reading score of 540 or higher will waive both the Writing and Reading tests

b) Math score of 530 or higher will waive both the Computation and Algebra tests

3. If you have taken the ACT and you have scored as follows:

a) Reading: A score of 23 or higher will waive you from the Reading Section of the test.

b) NEW ACT Writing (As of the Sept 2016 Adminstration): A score of 8 will waive you from the Sentence Skills section of the Test

c)  Old ACT Writing: A score of 23 or higher will waive you from the Sentence Skills section of the test.

d) Math: A score of 22 or higher will waive you from both the Computation and Algebra tests

4. GED waiver (Computer Based GED as of March 2015): Students who receive a score of 170 or higher in the Language Arts section of the GED would be waived from the Read/Sent Skills section of Accuplacer and those who receive a score of 170 or higher in the GED Math section would be waived from the Math sections of the Accuplacer

5. You have credits from another college that do not meet the full guidelines of the full test waiver category above. You MAY qualify for a partial waiver. An individual assessment must be made.

6. Non-native speakers of English may be eligible for a test waiver. Visit the Admissions Office for a waiver.

7. Persons 65 years of age and older may be eligible for a test waiver. Visit the Admissions Office for a waiver.

Those wishing to waive on the basis of previous credits must provide an unofficial or official transcript or a college diploma.

How can I prepare for Accuplacer?

There are a variety of ways that you can prepare for Accuplacer. We suggest that you use some of the free or inexpensive resources to brush up for the test before you take it for the first time.

1. Brookdale’s Reading, Writing, and Math Departments have compiled some good resources. Clicking on the department name will take you directly to their website.

2. Accuplacer’s “Sample Questions for Students” brochure is very helpful. There are a variety of sample questions for each of the areas (including College Level Math) as well as the correct answers.

3. Passaic County Community College has an excellent website for preparing for the Accuplacer. In addition to getting help with sample problems, the format of the test has the look and feel of the actual Accuplacer test. Many thanks to Passaic County Community College for allowing us to link to their site.

4. New!! Accuplacer practice website. Create new account by entering your email address and creating a password. This is a free service. Please e-mail us to let us know how you like it.

5. Your Academic Advisor may recommend that you take the College Level Math (CLM) test. If so, prepare before you test by clicking on this link: College Level Math Preparation Handout.

If you don’t do as well as you’d like the first time you take the test, you are eligible for a retest. We strongly suggest that you take advantage the MyFoundationsLab, a focused preparation option available to you. You take a diagnostic test, similar to the Accuplacer placement test, but instead of just giving you a placement score, you will receive a score report identifying your academic strengths and weaknesses. Then based on this report, a personalized Learning Path is generated by MyFoundationsLab. Click here for more information. It is available for Reading, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic and Algebra.

If you are interested in this program:

  • Take the Diagnostic test at Brookdale’s Lincroft Testing Center – no appointment necessary. Please bring your photo ID with you, and be prepared to tell the Proctor which of the four diagnostic tests you would like to take. The first test is $10.00 (check, credit card, money order or check payable to BCC Testing), and the subsequent three tests are free. Each test will take you about one hour. You will receive a print out with the Diagnostic results, a Learning Path, and instructions on how to access the program from the internet. You will have access to the program for 10 weeks, and the cost is $15.00.

Once you have completed your Learning Path for that area, you should retake that portion of the Accuplacer while the material is fresh in your mind.

Stop by the Testing Center, or call us at 732-224-2584 with any questions.

Where can I take Accuplacer?

You can take the Accuplacer Foundational Studies test in the Testing Center, located in the lower level of the CAR Building on the Lincroft campus.

No appointment is necessary. Our hours are posted on our main page:


The test is also available at Brookdale’s regional locations by appointment: choose Neptune, Long Branch, Hazlet, Wall or Freehold.

If you are a high school senior, you may be part of the Early Bird program, and testing is offered in most high schools in Monmouth County. Check with your high school counselor or a Recruitment representative to see if you are eligible to participate.

If you are currently residing outside of Monmouth County, but plan to attend Brookdale or take online courses, we may be able to arrange for you to take your placement test at a remote location. You can go to to find a member of the Consortium of College Testing Centers at a location convenient to you and find out if they can proctor your placement test. You can then send their contact information to, and arrangements will be made for you to test at their location.

Servicemembers   Please send your education or testing officer’s contact information to and arrangements will be made so that you can take your test on base.

Testing Rules & Conditions

I understand that I must comply with these testing rules and conditions and if I fail to do so, my test results may be canceled, no monies will be refunded and legal action or other remedies may be pursued.

I understand that the Foundational Studies test is administered to obtain information to assist in placing me in the appropriate course, determining the need for Foundational Studies coursework or meeting college or other governing body mandates. I further understand that the test may only be taken for these reasons and may not be taken for any other reason.

I understand that I must have proper identification to be permitted to take the Foundational StudiesTest. Proper identification includes a valid government issued photo ID (high school or college ID, driver’s license, passport, Monmouth County ID, etc.)

I understand that my responses may be used for purposes of training and instruction. Further, I understand that if my response is used for these purposes individual identifying information will be removed

I understand that the test administrators are responsible for maintaining a secure test administration and that I authorize the administrators to act as my agents in maintaining test security and will cooperate with them. I further agree to follow all reasonable oral or written instructions presented at the test administration. I understand that if I fail to comply with this requirement, I may be dismissed from the test administration and/or my score may be canceled.

I agree not to communicate with other examinees or other individuals other than the test administrators during the test administration. I further agree not to disrupt or in any way behave in any way that would adversely affect my performance or the performance of other examinees. I understand that if I fail to comply with this requirement, I may be dismissed from the test administration and/or my score may be canceled.

I understand that all test questions and other test materials are the property of The College Board and/or its contractors and have been developed at great cost. I further understand that the materials must be kept confidential and secure from disclosure. These materials are not available to me outside of the test administration, either before or after the test administration. I understand that I can not and will not take any assessment materials including notes from the test administration room. Any other duplication of test materials, in whole or in part is prohibited. I promise and agree not to disclose any of the contents of the assessment and will not duplicate or reproduce information contained in those booklets in whole or in part. I understand that if I should fail to comply with this requirement, I may be liable for the costs associated with a failure to comply and may be subject to other legal remedies including injunctive relief for any such action on my part.

I understand that my scores will be made available to institutions of higher education, and appropriate state agencies. If I wish to cancel my scores I must do so before leaving the test center by notifying the test administrators in writing of my desire to do so. If The College Board has any doubt about the legitimacy or validity of my score, they may cancel my test score if in their sole opinion there is adequate reason to question the validity or legitimacy of the score.

I understand and agree that liability for test administration activities, including but not limited to the accuracy of the assessment materials, assessment scores, administration conditions including computer equipment, will be limited to a retake of the assessment or correction of the scores at no additional charge. I waive all rights to all further claims arising out of any acts or omissions of The College Board or its contractors.

I understand that the assessment itself, and the assessment program, are subject to change at the sole discretion of The College Board and its contractors.

If I object to any of these rules or conditions, I understand that I will advise the test administrators before the test administration and the objection will be considered prior to allowing me to take the assessment. If my objection is not honored, I will not be permitted to take the assessment.

I understand that should any of these rules or conditions or other aspect of the assessment process be declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or illegal, the remaining rules, conditions and assessment components will not be affected and will remain in effect.

What if I need accommodations?

If you have a disability or temporary disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, you must first make arrangements with the the Disability Services Office to receive appropriate accommodations.  They can be reached at 732-224-2730 or TTY at 732-842-4211 or you can go to the Disability Services website for additional information.

Once you have received your approved accommodations, contact Testing Services at 732-224-1864 or to make arrangements to take your Foundational Studies assessment.

May I re-test?

If you would like to accelerate your path through Foundational Studies courses in English, Reading, or Math, consider one of these options:

1.  Take a Brookdale course offered in the Summer 3 Term (starting early July).

2.  Attend short workshops offered on campus at Brookdale during the summer.

3.  After some study, re-take the Accuplacer test.


I've tested; now what?

Your next step will be to meet with an Academic Advisor.

If you are currently a senior in high school, you are eligible to participate in our Early Bird Program.

All other advising is done on a walk-in basis in our Advising during office hours.  Location:  2nd floor of the CAR Building; parking lot #5

What if I'm part of the Early Bird program?

If you are a high school senior, you may participate in our Early Bird Program.

The Early Bird is an orientation and registration program designed to help high school seniors make a smooth transition into the Brookdale community. Our Recruitment Services staff works closely with local high schools to make information, applications, and testing available to students. Interested students should ask their guidance office about Early Bird participation.

The Early Bird Day occurs in May or early June. Applicants are usually invited the same day as their schoolmates. Students participating in the Early Bird Program are guaranteed required program courses for their first (Fall) semester.

I've tested as an Early Bird; how do I re-test?

If your scores indicate you are eligible to retest, you are strongly encouraged to review the material before retesting. You are eligible to retest only one time.  View “How can I Prepare for Accuplacer” above.

Once you have reviewed, please plan to take your test. You do not need an appointment if you are retesting in Lincroft (hours)  but do need an appointment if you are testing at one of our regional locations.

Please bring your photo ID (your driver’s license or high school ID are acceptable) and your student ID number with you to your testing session, and tell the testing staff member that you are an Early Bird and which test(s) you need to retake.

My new college wants my Brookdale Accuplacer scores.

If you would like to transfer Accuplacer scores for tests you’ve taken at Brookdale to the new college you are attending, we will be happy to do that for you. However, we need information from you, as well as your written permission to do this.

You can do this one of two ways:

You can stop by Testing Services any time during our service hours and complete our Release form. We will then send the scores out within 48 hours. (You must present your Brookdale ID or any other government issued ID for us to be able to do this.)

Or, you can print out the Release Form, complete it, photocopy your ID, and fax both documents to Testing Services at 732-224-1863. This can also be done by mailing the completed form and ID copy to Testing Services at the address below:

Brookdale Community College
Attn: Testing Services
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

The scores will be sent out within 48 hours.

I took Accuplacer at another college.

If you’ve previously taken the Accuplacer assessment at another college and would like the scores transferred to Brookdale, please have your previous school send the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Address
  • The Scores
  • The date the test was taken

Brookdale requires scores (unless you have been waived for all of part of the tests) for the following Accuplacer sections:

  • Reading
  • Sentence Skills
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra

Scores must be sent directly from your school to:

By mail:
Brookdale Community College
Attn: Testing Services
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ 07738

By fax:

Please phone us at 732-224-2584 if you have any further questions.