Worcester State University
Academic Success



Developed to assist students entering Worcester State University achieve their educational goals, Accuplacer is an assessment that helps students identify their academic strengths and needs so that they can plan an appropriate schedule of course work at Worcester State. Though required of all accepted students, Accuplacer is not meant to instill fear in any student (so relax!); instead, it gives students information about their skills in writing, reading, and mathematics.  It will tell them at what level they need to begin their college studies.


 •  You can take each section of Accuplacer ONLY ONCE in a four month timeframe, so take it seriously.

 •  Accuplacer is a computer-based test.  Math and Reading are untimed-TAKE YOUR TIME!  Writing is limited to 90 minutes.

 •  Relax! Accuplacer was designed to help you succeed in school. 
    Your score helps you and your advisor determine which courses 
    are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. 
    Once you identify your academic strengths and needs, you can 
    get the help you need to improve undeveloped skills before they 
    can interfere with your learning.

 •  You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty 
    of rest and eat properly prior to the test. You should also arrive a 
    few minutes early so you can find the testing area, restrooms, and 
    gather your thoughts before the test begins.

 •  Pay careful attention to test directions and be sure you 
    understand them before you begin each test.

 •  You should understand that this is an adaptive test. Questions 
     are chose for you on the basis of your answers to previous 
     questions. Since the test works this way, you must answer every 
     question when it is first given. You cannot skip any question or 
     come back to change the answer. You may change your answer 
     on a particular question, but you must do so before continuing on 
     to the next question. If you do not, the answer is accepted and 
     you cannot return to the question.

 •  If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one 
    or more of the choices. Then pick one of the remaining choices. 
    Textbooks, notebooks, dictionaries, calculators, or other paper of 
    any kind (except scratch paper provided by the Test Administrator 
    for use with the mathematics tests) are not allowed in the testing 

 •  Furthermore, anyone who gives or receives help during the test, or 
    uses notes or books of any kind, will not be allowed to continue 
    the test. Following the test period, no test materials or notes may 
    be removed from the room.

 •  Remember to bring some form of picture I.D. Without it, you will 
    not be able to take the test.

To take some sample Math tests:

 • Click here

For additional information, visit the College Board Site's Student Guide at: http://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students 


Related Links
  Accuplacer Policies
  Accuplacer FAQs
  Reading Comprehension
  College Level Math
  English Courses
  Foreign Lang Courses
  Mathematics Courses
  Accuplacer Booking
  Accuplacer Links

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