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What's the ACCUPLACER Next Gen?
Placement testing is an assessment process used to determine each student’s most appropriate math and English course upon entering the college. Garrett College utilizes ACCUPLACER Next Generation placement testing platform, a computer-delivered assessment suite, to determine proper course placement. Students requiring testing (see next area for exemptions) will take 2-3 untimed individual tests during the testing session: Writing, Quantitative Reasoning Algebra and Statistics (QAS), and possibly Reading. There are between 20-25 multiple-choice questions on each test, each question adapted to the student’s demonstrated skill level from the previous question.
Students with lower scores on the placement test may be required to take as many as two developmental math classes and one developmental English/Reading class before taking some college classes. While developmental courses help acquire the skills needed to succeed academically, they do not count toward graduation or transfer and cost time and money. For these reasons, it is critical that students take these tests seriously and try their hardest.
Placement Test not Entrance Exam
ACCUPLACER makes it easier for advisors and counselors to determine whether a student is ready to take a college-level class, or if they should take transitional or developmental courses prior to enrolling.
The Test Adapts to You
ACCUPLACER’s computer-adaptive design personalizes the test for each student. Each test question determines the difficulty level of the next. Final scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly and the difficulty level of the questions answered correctly.
Tips to do well on ACCUPLACER
There are certain important things that you need to know about the preparation for the test so that you can carry out your preparation in the most effective manner.
Why is ACCUPLACER important?
The Accuplacer Practice Tests enable students to gauge the level of their understanding and skill in the fields of English, mathematics, and reading comprehension. The main difference with Accuplacer tests is that they computer adaptive, which means that the student has to answer the set of questions in the order presented by the computer.