The ACCUPLACER test is a set of reading, math, and writing tests that help determine college-level course placement. It is different from many other tests in that the level of difficulty changes according to your performance on each item. The test attempts to pinpoint exactly where your skill level is by altering the difficulty of each succeeding question based on your responses. It is important to do your absolute best and carefully answer each test item for the results to be accurate.
The ACCUPLACER test contains 10 computerized subtests. Your institution will determine which tests you need to take. All of them contain multiple-choice-type items except for the WritePlacer, which is a written essay. Most of these tests are not time-pressured, so you will have a chance to accurately show what you know, except for the WritePlacer, depending on the choice of the administering institution.
There are a varying number of items on each test: Arithmetic (17), College-Level Math (20), Elementary Algebra (12), Reading Comprehension (20), Sentence Skills (20), English-as-a-Second Language (ESL)-Language Use (20), ESL-Listening (20); ESL-Reading Skills (20), and ESL-Sentence Meaning (20). The WritePlacer essay gives you one attempt to write an essay on a topic and is scored on the basis of five writing skills.