Accuplacer FAQ

Why do I need to take these tests?

The majority of Redlands courses require prerequisite levels in order to register. These levels have three categories: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Level prerequisites are in place as a way of ensuring that a student is prepared to handle the content of the course. By taking the placement tests you will receive levels that will allow you to register for certain classes at Redlands.


Can I waive the placement tests?

If you have completed the ACT or SAT you may be able to waive placement testing and receive levels based on your score. If you have a degree, need placement levels based on courses taken (including AP or CLEP), or if you want to take a class whose prerequisite course you took at another college, then please visit with your advisor.


Are there any study guides to help me prepare for these tests?

The Official ACCUPLACER Study App has sample questions for the Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Math sections of the placement tests. It offers direct feedback and explanations of correct answers. This free app can be used on both computers and phones. To download the ACCUPLACER Study App, visit Apple or Android stores. 


Where do I go to take the tests?

Redlands offers placement testing at our Main Campus (El Reno). First, students must to go to Student Services and meet with an advisor about taking the placement tests. While at Student Services, students will be given a placement test voucher to take with them to the ACE Testing Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Library in LRC-22A. Also, all testers are required to show a valid state or federal issued photo ID. During the Fall and Spring semesters, placement tests are offered Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the Summer semester, placement tests are offered Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


How many tests are there?

There are three assessment subjects (reading, writing, and math). You will only take the necessary placement exams. If you are taking all subjects in one sitting, you will take 3 or 4 tests.


What do I need to bring with me?

A picture ID is the only item required in order to test. In fact, no other outside materials are allowed at your testing station. We will provide you with scrap paper. No hand-held calculators are allowed, although a "pop-up" calculator is available on screen for certain questions.


What should I expect when I sit down to test?

The tests are computerized and include multiple choice reading and math questions. After the completion of one test, you will automatically move on to the next. While testing, no outside materials are allowed, your cell phone must be completely turned off, and there is to be no talking. You will be monitored to ensure that you are following these guidelines. For each multiple-choice test, you are encouraged to take your time and read through each question carefully.


Can I use a calculator for the math test?

No hand-held calculators are allowed, although a "pop-up" calculator is available on screen for certain questions.


How long will the tests take? Is there a time limit?

There is no time limit for the multiple choice tests and you are strongly encouraged to take their time. In general, each test takes around 30 to 45 minutes. If you can, please plan on testing on a day when you will have ample time to complete your tests.


When will I receive my results?

As soon as you are finished with your test you will receive your scores and review them with your Advisor.


What levels are considered "passing?"

These tests are not considered pass/fail. Based on your score, you will know which classes you may enroll in. Redlands has courses for every skill level.


Do I need to take all of the tests at once?

All initial testing will be completed in one day. Keep in mind that you may leave the room for short breaks during your tests.


What are my next steps after testing?

All students who are seeking a degree or transfer must meet with an academic advisor at the Student Services office immediately after completing placement tests. There, the student and advisor will discuss educational goals and semester schedules.


Can I re-test?

Students are allowed only one retest per semester, with a minimum waiting period of one week. A $10 retest fee must to be paid in the Business Office prior to retesting. The receipt must be shown to the test proctor.


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