ACCUPLACER (CPT) Practice Questions
We suggest four test-taking strategies:
1. Take your time. The test is not timed. Relax and choose your answers carefully without worrying about the clock ticking.
2. Read Carefully. Be sure to understand exactly what each question requires.
3. Think Carefully. The test requires one to complete or substitute information for parts of given sentences. Response should reflect clear language use.
4. Write before choosing an answer. Use scratch paper to experiment with answers. Be sure to understand the given options before answering.
The following sample questions are similar to the format and content of questions
on the Accuplacer test. Reviewing these samples will give you a good idea of
how the test works and just what skills you may wish to review before taking
the test itself.
of the Tests
1. Reading Comprehension
This test is designed to measure how well you understand what you read. It contains 20 questions. Some ask you to decide how two sentences are related. Other questions ask you questions about reading passages of various lengths. You will be asked to interpret and draw conclusions from what you have read.
2. Sentence Skills
Two kinds of questions are given in this test. You will be asked to correct a sentence by choosing a word or phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. In the other type of question, you will be asked to rewrite a sentence is a specific way without changing the meaning.
The Arithmetic test measures your skills in three primary categories:
1. Operations with whole numbers and fractions.
Includes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers
2. Operations with decimals and percents
Includes: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division percent problems, decimal recognition, fraction percent equivalencies, and estimation problems
3. Applications and problem solving
Includes: rate, percent, and measurement problems, geometry problems, distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.
4. Elementary Algebra
There are also three categories in the Elementary Algebra Test:
1. Operations with integers and rational numbers
Includes: computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
2. Operations with algebraic expressions
Includes: evaluations of simple formulas, expressions, and adding, subtracting monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
3. Equation solving, inequalities, and word problems
Includes: solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions, graphing
5. College-Level Mathematics
The College-Level mathematics test assesses proficiency from intermediate
algebra through precalculus.
The categories covered include:
* Algebraic operations
Includes: simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials, manipulating roots and exponents.
* Solutions of equations and inequalities
Includes: the solution of linear and quadratic equations by factoring, expanding polynomials, manipulating roots and exponents.
* Coordinate geometry
Includes: plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in a plane, graphs of algebraic functions.
* Application and other algebra topics
asks about:complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations, combinations, fractions, word problems.
* Functions and trigonometry
presents questions about: polynomial, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric functions.