What is an ACCUPLACER Test
and Why it’s Important to Study Before Taking the Test

About the ACCUPLACER Tests

ACCUPLACER tests use a multiple-choice format. There’s no time limit on the tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills. Again, THE TEST IS NOT TIMED, you can take as much time as you need to finish the tests.

ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology. Questions are presented based on your individual skill level. Your response to each question determines the difficulty level of the next question. It’s important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.

Why the ACCUPLACER Tests are Important

The ACCUPLACER tests are given to incoming students enrolling at Glen Oaks to determine their skill level in the areas of Math, Reading, and Writing. The college courses you can take will be determined by your scores on the tests, so it is important to take the tests seriously. Prepare for the tests, take your time, and do your best!

Student preparing to take the ACCUPLACER test


What is on the ACCUPLACER Tests?

Glen Oaks administers three parts of the ACCUPLACER:

  1. Math
  2. Reading Comprehension
  3. Sentence Skills



1. Math (The Math portion consists of three sections)

The Arithmetic test, comprised of 17 questions, measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are three types of Arithmetic questions:

  • 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
The Elementary Algebra test, comprised of 12 questions, measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts. There are three types of Elementary Algebra questions:

  • Operations with integers and rational numbers: topics include computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • Operations with algebraic expressions: topics include the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
  • Solution of equations, inequalities, and word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and translating written phrases into algebraic expressions.


College-Level Math
The College-Level Math test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are five types of College-Level Math questions:

  • Algebraic operations: topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities: topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems, and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry: topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics: topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions and word problems.
  • Functions and trigonometry: topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions.


2. Reading Comprehension

The Reading Comprehension test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.


3. Sentence Skills

The Sentence Skills test, comprised of 20 multiple choice questions, measures your understanding of sentence structure — what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, and others with the relationships between two sentences.


Study Resources for the ACCUPLACER Tests

We want you to study and practice BEFORE you take the ACCUPLACER. Your test results will impact the courses you can take at Glen Oaks and possibly how long it will take you to finish your program of study! It is to your advantage to study and practice, that way you’ll have the most accurate course placement possible.

Free ACCUPLACER Study Groups and Bridge Classes – We offer study groups that focus on math, reading, and sentence skills that will allow you to brush up on these basic skills to score higher in order to place into higher-level courses. The Bridge classes are offered twice during the year (Summer and Winter) and taught by tutors and instructors. These will save you time and money. Call the TCC to register because space is limited. Phone: (269)294-4270


This should be the site you go to last after you have reviewed Math and Sentence Skills. You can use this as a final check for your readiness to take the ACCUPLACER.

The ACCUPLACER Study App – This website includes practice items for the Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills portion of the test. When you sign up for your account, the second screen will ask you which sample test you would like to view. Please be sure to choose the “Classic Practice Tests” option as this is the current test set that Glen Oaks uses.


Arithmetic – Fractions
Arithmetic – Decimals
Algebra – Basics
Algebra I
Algebra II

Sentence Skills:

Grammar – Particularly the Word & Sentence Level

Reading Comprehension:

See the Reading Comprehension practice items at the ACCUPLACER website