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ACCUPLACER is a computerized assessment that measures your current level of knowledge and skill in the areas of reading comprehension, sentence skills, and math.

Is it timed?

No,  you may work at your own pace.

How long will the tests take?

Since it is not timed, testing time depends on you. Three tests are offered (reading comprehension, sentence skills, and math). Each test takes approximately 1/2 hour to complete. 

What do I bring?

You will need to bring a photo ID.  All other supplies will be provided.

When do I get my scores?

Scores print immediately after you finish the test

How do I know what my scores mean?

After testing, the Learning Resources Specialist will discuss the results with you

How will my scores be used?

Scores are used to determine whether a student is “program ready,” or whether you need to schedule time with the Educational Services Coordinator to “brush-up” on your skills.  Therefore, it is important that you take time to prepare and do your best!

How do I prepare?

ACCUPLACER offers free online sample tests and online apps to help you prepare for your tests.

Okay, I have studied all of the Internet sites in the Study Guide, but I still don’t feel like I am ready to take the exam.  What do I do?  No problem! 

As long as you have paid your application fee, you may ask for help from Lara Duran, Educational Services Coordinator.  She will work with you one-on-one in the Learning Resources Lab to sharpen your skills.  The lab is open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F when school is in session, and from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm M-TH during the summer. Contact Lara at 785-309-3111 or email at

Testing Suggestions:

  1. Get plenty of rest and eat properly before the test.
  2. Arrive a few minutes early so you can find the testing area, bathrooms, drinking fountain, etc., and have time to gather your thoughts before the tests begin.
  3. Be sure you understand the directions for each test.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  4. Read each question carefully until you understand exactly what the question is asking.  Several steps may be required, especially in Math.
  5. Be sure to answer every item. 
  6. Remember…TAKE YOUR TIME…the tests are not timed.

ACCUPLACER - Study Guide

Review the sample quesitons provided by ACCUPLACER BEFORE taking the assessment!

RELAX!!  Take a deep breath! 

ACCUPLACER exams are designed to help you succeed in college. Your scores are used to assist Student Services in appropriate course placement. A low score does not mean you will not be able to enter your chosen program at SATC.  Scores help identify academic areas which may need additional assistance in order to be successful in a college setting. 

Take a look at the free on-line websites listed below!  Study on your own time at home, the public library, or the Learning Resource Lab at SATC.  You can pull them up wherever there is access to the Internet.

ACCUPLACER - Study Guide – Pre-Algebra

        ACCUPLACER Study app and sample questions   

Video Tutorials:

Art of Problem Solving

Video Tutorials with Worksheets and Answers:
Look under Pre-Algebra to the left of the screen.

Video Tutorials :
Click on Algebra.  There is no need to go beyond “Rules for Powers” in the 2nd column.
Ratio and Proportion Video Tutorials

Video Tutorials
Learner's TV

Written Tutorial with Problems and Answers:

Don’t feel overwhelmed.  If there are some operations that you don’t understand, please remember that you do not have to achieve 100% on the test. 

Remember that you can always set up an appointment for help with the Educational Services Coordinator, Lara at 785-309-3111 or

Study Guide – Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Practices:

Written passages with questions.  Answers have explanations.  Scroll down to Grade 12 and read all 5 passages.

There are 14 written passages with questions.  Answer the questions on-line, then click “Submit.”  Click on “Explain” for an explanation of an incorrect answer.  Use the back arrow to get back to the list of essays.

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