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Accuplacer Information


Accuplacer Placement Scores

The Accuplacer is a placement assessment that includes several subject areas:  reading comprehension, writing, mathematics, elementary algebra and computer skills. It is designed to help students begin their studies at an appropriate level.

Below are passages on each subtest within the Accuplacer.  Required scores for the Accuplacer are noted.  


Reading Comprehension Test  (Required Score:  68)

20 Questions:  Part of the test consists of reading passages and answering questions based on them.  The passages may also be classified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, secondary idea, application, and inference.  Another type is sentence relationships.  You'll be given two sentences and have to determine the relationship between the two. 


Writing Skills Test (Required Score:  74)

20 Questions:  One type of question in Writing Skills is sentence correction and structure.  These questions ask you to choose the most appropriate word or phrase to substitute for the underlined part of the sentence.  The second type of question are construction shift questions.  These ask you to rewrite a sentence according to the criteria shown while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original sentence. 


Arithmetic Test (Required Scoree:  55)

17 Questions:  Operations with whole numbers, fractions, equivalent fractions, and mixed numbers.  Basic operations with decimals, percent, percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation.


Elementary Algebra Test (Required Score: 75)

12 Questions:  Operations with integers, rational numbers, and the use of absolute values.  Operations with algebraic expressions, operations with monomials and polynomials, evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.  Solution of equations, inequalities, word problems, solving linear equations and inequalities, solution of quadratic equations by factoring, graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.


WritePlacer (Required Score: 5) Automatically evaluates students' essays written to one of several prompts provided in the ACCUPLACER System. Students enter their essays into onscreen textbox and when submitted for scoring, the system returns a holistic score ranging from 1 to 8 as well as feedback on six dimensions: Purpose and Focus, Organization and Structure, Development and Support, Sentence Variety and Style, Mechanical Conventions and Critical Thinking.


 There are a number of websites available to assist with Accuplacer preparation:

  • is an excellent set of practice guides & tests
  • The Learning Commons at KVCC offeres prep workshops in each subject area.  Contact the Director at 453-5084.  These workshops are free.


Applicants with disabilitites requiring accommodations for the Accuplacer must submit a written request for accommodation and include the necessary documentation. Once documentation is received and evaluated, you will be contacted to complete the Accuplacer with approved accommodations. In order to provide accommodations, timely notification is necessary.

For more information and to submit documentation, please contact the Director of the Learning Commons at (207) 453-5084 or


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