Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that evaluate a student’s skills in basic areas, such as reading, writing and mathematics. Columbus Technical College uses Accuplacer scores to help place each individual student in courses at a level appropriate for the student’s current knowledge and abilities.
Students who have completed college-level English and Mathematics coursework from a regionally accredited institution with grades of “C” or better and who present official transcripts showing the completed coursework will not be required to take ACCUPLACER for entrance into degree, diploma or certificate programs. Programs with competitive acceptance processes may require valid test scores.
Frequently-Asked Questions about Accuplacer
When and where do I take Accuplacer?
Please contact the Admissions Office to schedule an exam: 706.649.1847
* The campus is closed on Fridays
The Testing Center is located on the first floor of the Hartline Building (Administration Building), on the south side of Manchester Expressway. Please allow at least 2-3 hours if you are taking all sections of the Accuplacer exam. A valid photo id is required.
What should I bring?
You must bring an official picture ID such as a driver’s license or passport. Calculators, pencils and scratch paper will be provided for the math section; do not bring your own calculators. No food, drinks, tobacco products, cell phones, beepers, or children are allowed in the Testing Center.
How long does the test take?
The Accuplacer test is not timed, but it typically takes from 2-3 hours to complete.
How do I get my results, and what do I do next?
Testing Center staff will go over your scores briefly with you after the exam. New applicants are advised to see an Admissions representative immediately after testing. You must have successfully completed your testing before you can register for classes.
What is the test like?
The Math section of the test will start with Arithmetic and move the Quantitative, and then on to Advanced Algebra. You will have about 20 questions or more in each section. You will be allowed to use the Testing Center’s calculators and/or the calculators available on Accuplacer, and scratch paper will be provided. You may not bring your own calculator. The questions are multiple choice.
The Reading section of the test will require you to toggle (go back and forth) between the passage and the question. You may only go back within the same passage to revise your answers before continuing. You can not go back to a previous passage once you continue out of it. There will be a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 passages to complete. The questions are multiple choice.
The Writing section requires you to edit an essay by highlighting each phrase or sentence, then choosing a revision from a multiple-choice list. After you click on the button Finished Editing Essay, you will not be allowed to make further changes. Once you have completed the editing portion of the exam, you will then have a question or two to answer about the essay. There will be a minimum of 2 up to a maximum of 4 essays to edit.
Can I retake Accuplacer to improve my scores?
The policy of Columbus Technical College is to allow one re-testing opportunity per test section of Accuplacer per semester. A retest can occur seven or more days after an initial test. There is a minimum waiting period of seven days between an initial test and a retest.The retest fee is $15 per test section. For more information, please call Admissions at 706.649.1847.