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Writing/Reading Refresher: Reading

This online resource is supplementary to the Face-To-Face Refresher Courses offered at Garrett College.


The Accuplacer Next Generation Reading test is a broad-spectrum, 20-question, computer-adaptive assessment of test takers’ developed ability to derive meaning from a range of prose texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts.

Questions are multiple choice in format and are either discrete (standalone) or part of sets built around a common passage or passages. Four broad knowledge and skill categories are assessed: information and Ideas (reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, understanding relationships), rhetoric (analyzing word choice rhetorically, analyzing text structure, analyzing point of view, analyzing purpose, analyzing arguments), synthesis (analyzing multiple texts), and vocabulary. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities.

Browse through the information below to enhance your knowledge of concepts covered in the Reading portion of the placement test. Be sure to read all information and watch the videos. 

Additional Reading Resources (click left and right)

Reading Comprehension

Main Idea & Supporting Details

Patterns of Organization for Reading

Accuplacer Next Generation Reading

This video, although lengthy, covers concepts addressed in the Accuplacer Next Generation Reading test. View the full video description on YouTube to navigate to specific skill sections of the video.

Accuplacer Next Generation Writing Resources

Take some time to check out the following additional Accuplacer Next Generation Reading resources. The link below navigates to a YouTube video playlist. Be sure to watch all videos in the playlist.