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TSI Assessment FAQs

1. What is ACCUPLACER?
ACCUPLACER is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level.

2. Can I fail ACCUPLACER?
You cannot "pass" or "fail" ACCUPLACER tests, but it is very important that you do your very best on these tests so that you will have an accurate measure of your academic skills.

3. Are ACCUPLACER Tests timed?
The multiple choice ACCUPLACER tests are untimed. The WritePlacer® test may be timed or untimed depending on your institution’s rules and regulations.

4. How do I make an appointment to take ACCUPLACER?
To schedule your ACCUPLACER appointment, please contact or stop by your institution’s advising and counseling office. If you are not close to your campus, call your institution’s advising and counseling office for a testing alternative.

5. How many questions are on the ACCUPLACER test?
The number of questions varies depending on which ACCUPLACER assessment you take. There could be as few as 12 questions or as many as 40.


6. Are there study materials for the ACCUPLACER test?
ACCUPLACER has useful study tools available for students. You can purchase The Official ACCUPLACER Study App in the iTunes Store (compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad), or a web-based version of this application. You may also download the free PDFACCUPLACER Study Guide for Students.

7. Are there special disability accommodations for ACCUPLACER assessments?
Yes. If you require test accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact your institution’s test center for information concerning your needs.

8. What should I take to the test center on test day?
On the day of the test, you should take photo identification and any special materials that your college may ask you to bring. Contact your institution’s test center for more information.

9. Are all ACCUPLACER test questions multiple-choice?
All ACCUPLACER assessments are multiple choices with the exception of the WritePlacer essay assessment.


10. My college is located in another state. How can I take ACCUPLACER in my state?
Contact your institution’s test center to learn more about remote testing options. With the permission of both institutions, you may be able to take ACCUPLACER at a local college or have an authorized proctor oversee your test at a secure facility. 



ACCUPLACER test questions are based on your responses to previous questions. Questions will either increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how you respond. ACCUPLACER tests are untimed; however, it is important to allow yourself enough time to complete the test since test results are a key factor in determining the course(s) you can enroll in. ACCUPLACER test results are available immediately following your test. Before you take ACCUPLACER, make sure to ask your academic advisor about your institution’s testing policies and procedures.

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How to Prepare for ACCUPLACER

ACCUPLACER offers several learning tools that help you improve in areas where your academic performance is not the strongest. You can take advantage of these tools to familiarize yourself with the types of questions given on an ACCUPLACER test.



The Official ACCUPLACER iPhone App

Sharpen your academic skills in mathematics, reading and writing with the 250 questions this app offers.

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The Official ACCUPLACER iPhone App

The Official ACCUPLACER Study App is intended to familiarize you with the basic content areas of the ACCUPLACER test. The app provides interactive sample questions on the following ACCUPLACER tests: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. At $1.99, the app is an affordable way for you to:

  •  improve your academic skills in reading, writing or math
  •  access interactive sample questions on all ACCUPLACER tests
  •  get immediate and detailed feedback on correct or incorrect answers

The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and requires iOS 4.2 or later.


The ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App

Access hundreds of questions to familiarize yourself with the ACCUPLACER basic content and experience.

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The Official Web-Based Study App

The web-based study app features practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. You can access the app at any computer and familiarize yourself with the basic content areas of ACCUPLACER tests. With this app, you can enjoy the following features:  

  • “Learn as you go” tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses
  • Sample tests help you experience what a real test may be like on test day
  • Save your work and process, and resume practicing at a later time
  • Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weaknesses 

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Free ACCUPLACER Sample Questions

ACCUPLACER Sample Questions for Students is a downloadable PDF document that provides you with a few examples of the types of questions you will see on your ACCUPLACER assessment.

For more information on the availability of ACCUPLACER//MyFoundationsLab at your college, please contact your advising and counseling office.


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