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Accuplacer Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs)

Computer Delivered Testing

The Computerized Placement Tests use testing methods based on computerized adaptive testing techniques. The student will take the tests using a personal computer. He/She will communicate with the computer by using the keyboard to enter his/her answers to the tests and to supply other information. a monitor connected to the computer will allow the student to see the instructions, questions, multiple choice response options, his/her responses, and the other information presented. The test instructions are easy to understand. Entering information also is very easy. A Test Administrator will always be present should the student have any questions or problems. The Test Administer has the ability to resolve difficulties that may occur.

Answering the Questions

Because the student takes the CPTs on a computer, he/she doesn't have to answer as many questions as on traditional paper and pencil test. He/She will be presented with 12 to 30 questions in the test areas. The questions will appear one at a time on the computer screen. Most questions are multiple choice. All the student has to do is use the space bar to select the desired answer. When he/she has completed the question and verified the answer, a new screen will appear with the next question.

Adaptive Testing

Each computer test usually takes students 15 to 20 minutes to complete. However, the student may take as long as he/she needs to complete each test. The tests are untimed. Each test is designed using adaptive techniques. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to the student based on his/her responses to prior questions. This technique zeroes-in on just the right questions to ask without being too easy or too difficult. The greater the student's demonstrated skill level, the more challenging will be the questions presented.


The Reading Comprehension test uses multiple-choice questions to measure the students understanding of what he/she reads. The Elementary Algebra and College-Level Mathematics tests consist of multiple-choice questions that measure the student's understanding of mathematics. The College-Level Mathematics test also contains some free response questions that require the entry of an answer instead of the selection of an answer.

For more information on each of the tests click here.


When the student has completed all the test, he/she will see a report of the scores on the screen and he/she will also receive a printed report of the scores.