Accuplacer Placement Tests

In accordance with Colorado House Bill 1464, if you are entering college for the first-time and declare a degree or certificate program, you are required to take the Accuplacer Placement Test. This test will help determine what college courses you will take based on your skill levels in English, reading, and math. The more you prepare for this college placement test in advance, you will spend less time and money completing your educational goals in the long run.

Use This Information Below as Your Guide

Format of the Regular Accuplacer Placement Test

The standard Accuplacer has three (3) sections: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Math. All tests are multiple-choice, adaptive, computer-based, and untimed. Some students may be required to complete an untimed writing sample to better assess your English writing skills.

  • 20 Questions in Reading Comprehension
  • 20 Questions in Sentence Skills

The math portion of the placement test at CCD is branching, which means that, based on your performance in a particular section, you may be required to complete additional sections of the math test to accurately determine your placement.

  • 17 Questions in Arithmetic
  • 12 Questions in Elementary Algebra
  • 20 Questions in College-Level Math

Format of the ESL Accuplacer Placement Test

The ESL Accuplacer Test has three (3) sections: Reading Skills, Listening Comprehension, and Grammar. The test is adaptive, computer-based, multiple-choice, and untimed. Some students may be required to complete an untimed writing sample to better assess your English writing skills.

  • 20 Questions in Reading Skills
  • 20 Questions in Listening Comprehension
  • 75 Questions in Grammar

The math portion of the Accuplacer test can be taken with ESL Accuplacer at the request of the student. The math portion of the placement test at CCD is branching, which means that, based on your performance in a particular section, you may be required to complete additional sections of the math test to accurately determine your placement.

  • 17 Questions in Arithmetic
  • 12 Questions in Elementary Algebra
  • 20 Questions in College Level Math

Time

The test is untimed. The average amount of time necessary to complete the test is about 30-45 minute per section or approximately 2 ½ - 3 hours for the full assessment.

How to Schedule

Students are encouraged to make an appointment for the Accuplacer.  Please schedule your appointment 24 hours in advance (please note: this link will take you to an external scheduling website).  The Accuplacer is also given on a walk-in basis during our testing hours, as space allows.   Students needing testing accommodations for the Accuplacer should contact the Testing Center directly to schedule an appointment.

ID Requirement

A valid government-issued photo ID is required.

Cost

There is a $10 fee for the first attempt, payable during check-in at the CCD Testing Center. This fee may be waived through completion of the Accuplacer workbook. The workbook can also be found at the Welcome Center kiosk.

Results

You will receive your Accuplacer placement test results immediately after testing. Writing sample assessment results (if required) will be available in three to five (3-5) business days. It is strongly recommended that you attend an orientation session and meet with your advisor prior to registering for classes. For specific placement information, please consult the Cut-Score Matrix.

Retest Information

The exam cannot be taken more than three times in two years. The third (final) test attempt will require the approval of the Test Prep Coordinator. There is a $10 per section retest fee.

Tutoring to Prepare for the Accuplacer. Accuplacer tutoring workshops are available to assist you in preparing for the placement test and test day. We will use the Accuplacer workbook to review math, reading, and sentence skills with you. Accuplacer Tutoring is offered weekly on the Auraria Campus, Confluence Building, Room 406. For an additional fee, the Accuplacer Prep Lab, Confluence Building, Room 406, gives students an opportunity to learn more on their own with the assistance of online coursework and tutors.

Walk-in Hours for Tutoring & Prep Lab

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Fridays and weekends 

Prepare Independently

  • Accuplacer iPhone App: The Official Accuplacer Study App has been developed by the College Board and is intended to familiarize you with the basic content areas of the test.
  • Accuplacer Preparation Workbook (13-page PDF) - Complete this Accuplacer Preparation Workbook to have first-time testing fees waived. The questions and problems in this workbook are similar to what you will find on the real test. Complete the workbook to the best of your ability (show your work) before arranging to take your placement test.
  • ESL Accuplacer Preparation Workbook (15- page PDF) – The ESL Accuplacer Preparation Workbook is for students who wish to be placed into English as a Second Language (ESL) Courses.
  • Reading and Sentence Skills Study Guide (21-page PDF)
  • Entry-Level Math Study Guide (23-page PDF)
  • Elementary Algebra Study Guide (18-page PDF)