College Placement Tests (CPT) are entrance examinations that are administered as part of the admissions process and colleges, trade schools and most universities. CPTs have four main parts: English, arithmetic, algebra and advanced mathematics. The CPT is used for placement purposes, so there is no pass or fail scores for the exam. However, if you get a low score on the CPT, you may have to take extra classes (remedial classes) before or during your first year of study. Taking these extra classes will delay your graduation and there is also a financial burden of extra fees for remedial coursework. CPTs are "computer-adaptive". This means that the test is taken over the internet and the questions on each part of the test become more challenging as the exam progresses.
What is ACCUPLACER?
ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area and to help you improve your skills through interactive online learning tools. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you in the appropriate college courses that meet your skill level.
How Does ACCUPLACER Work?
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.
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.
COMPASS TEST OVERVIEW
The ACT Compass test is a placement test that many colleges use in their admissions processes. The Compass tests include modules in reading, writing skills, essay writing, math and English as a Second Language (ESL). Colleges use the Compass test for different purposes, including: placement, diagnostics and demographic analysis. For placement purposes, colleges use a student’s scores on their Compass test to place the student in the level of courses that are most appropriate to the skill levels. Colleges also use the tests to identify specific areas that a student may need remedial help. Finally, some colleges use the tests to gain a better understanding of a student’s overall needs.