## ARSOF Education:

**ACCUPLACER**

ACCUPLACER is an assessment which can help students identify their academic strengths and needs to assist in planning an appropriate schedule of coursework, ACCUPLACER was developed, standardized, and validated by the College Board, a division of the Educational Testing Service (which also administers the SATs, GREs, and TOEFL tests). ACCUPLACER is used at more than 1,000 colleges nationwide, in an online format.

The purpose of ACCUPLACER tests is to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in math, English and reading. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to determine your course selection. Each student takes tests in Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic and Elementary Algebra. After completing the ACCUPLACER test and receiving your scores, you will meet with an advisor to discuss your results and plan your next steps.

A student cannot “pass” or “fail” the placement tests. To ensure that test scores accurately represent their skill levels, students however, may wish to review basic concepts in reading, grammar, arithmetic, and algebra before taking ACCUPLACER, especially if they have been away from school for more than a year. Please see below for available resources.

Students attending Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) must satisfy the entry assessment requirements. Students will be exempt from taking the entry assessment for registration in courses for which they are qualified if they provide an official transcript or other written documentation for one of the following exceptions:

• ... has attended a regionally accredited institution (RAI) in which English was the language of instruction and has successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher a transferable college-level English and/or mathematics course.

• ... holds an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a RAI in which English was the language of instruction and has successfully completed with a grade of “C” or higher a transferable college-level English and/or mathematics course.

• ... is enrolled in another college or university and has applied to Fayetteville Tech for “special credit” status. Official transcript is evaluated for select courses to substantiate completion of prerequisites.

• ... has earned SAT scores at or above 500 in Math, Verbal and Writing or ACT scores at or above 20 in Math, Reading and English within the last five years.

**Placement Assessment SAT & ACT Waivers **** **

## SAT Section |
## SAT Minimum Score |
## Accuplacer Section to be waived |

Math |
500 |
Arithmetic & Algebra |

Verbal |
500 |
Reading |

Writing |
500 |
Sentence Skills |

## ACT Section |
## ACT Minimum Score |
## Accuplacer Section to be waived |

Math |
20 |
Arithmetic & Algebra |

Verbal |
20 |
Reading |

English |
20 |
Sentence Skills |

* Other assessments accepted by Fayetteville Technical Community College are the ASSET and COMPASS within the last three years.

**What To Expect on the Accuplacer Test!**

**The FTCC ACCUPLACER Test consists of four sections. **The placement tests may consist of questions covering reading, mathematics, writing and language-use skills. All questions are multiple choice, except the essay.

**Sentence Skills**** **

There are 20 Sentence Skills questions of two types.

• The first type is **sentence correction** questions that require an understanding of sentence structure. These questions ask you to choose the most appropriate word or phrase to substitute for the underlined portion of the sentence.

• The second type is **construction shift** questions. These questions ask that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original sentence.

Within these two primary categories, the questions are also classified according to the skills being tested. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, others with whether or not the answer is a complete sentence, and still others with the relationship between coordination and subordination.

**Reading Comprehension**** **

There are 20 questions of two primary types on the Reading Comprehension test.

• The first type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long passages are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.

• The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences. The question may ask, for example, if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information.

**Arithmetic Test**** **

This test measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are 17 questions on the Arithmetic tests divided into three types.

• Operations with whole numbers and fractions: topics included in this category are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.

• Operations with decimals and percents: topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also given.

• Applications and problem solving: topics include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

**Elementary Algebra**** **

A total of 12 questions are administered in this test.

• The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.

• A second type involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.

• The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities, word problems. solving linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

**Accuplacer Study Materials**

## Reading Comprehension

• http://english.glendale.cc.ca.us/speed1.html (Quick tips to improve reading comprehension)

• http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/AssessCtr/studyguide.htm#Read

• http://www.osuit.edu/academics/forms/pretest_reading.pdf

**English and Sentence skills**

• http://www.aims.edu/student/assessment/studyguides/engstudy.pdf

• http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/5/

• http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/AssessCtr/studyguide.htm#Read

**Math and Algebra**

• http://www.aims.edu/student/assessment/studyguides/Arithmetic.pdf

• http://www.math.com (Several tools to learn all types of math)

• http://www.aims.edu/student/assessment/studyguides/elemalg.pdf

• http://www.purplemath.com (A five-star all-algebra site)

• http://www.freemathhelp.com (Covers several subjects of math with text and video lessons)

• http://www.khanacademy.org (Self-paced exercises for all types of math with text and video lessons)

**Practice/Review**

• http://www.dcccd.edu/accuplacer (Information about the exam and a link to a practice test)

• http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/index.html (Accuplacer Practice Test)

• http://www.testprepreview.com (Links to several test overviews and review sites)

• Eastfield’s Accuplacer Math Review