College Placement Testing (CPT)
Why do I have to take the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT)?
The number one priority of Grays Harbor College is student success. For students just starting at GHC we want to do everything we can to make sure you get off to a great start and the CPT helps in that endeavor by measuring your current knowledge and skill in reading, English and math. Placement scores are used to determine whether a student can enroll in college level courses or whether pre-college classes must be taken first. Therefore we strongly encourage you to review and prepare for the test so your placement can be as accurate as possible, potentially saving you time and money.
Does everyone need to take it?
This test is required of all students new to GHC unless you are a transfer student who has a passing grade in English, reading and/or math courses listed on your transfer transcript. Transfer students may need to take one or two subjects of the test if no coursework in those subjects appears on your transcript and placement scores are not available from the previous institution.
Follow this three step process to successful placement testing:
You want to do your best on the placement test so the scores provide an accurate assessment of your current skills and abilities. Remember this information will be used to help determine whether you need to take pre-college or college level courses. Use the online resources listed below, take advantage of the learning center and/or do your own review before testing.
Grays Harbor College charges a $10.00 CPT fee. If you take part of the CPT the charge will be $5.00 per section. Retakes will be $5.00 per section with a maximum of $10.00. To make payment you will need your student ID number and you can pay in person at the GHC Cashier’s Window or by calling (360) 538-4040. The fee will need to be paid before taking the test.
- Complete the test
The Student Support Center conducts computerized placement testing on a drop-in basis. Testing hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 2:00pm, except during the summer when the college is closed on Fridays.
You must bring a photo ID with you. The test is untimed but may take you approximately 1 1/2 hours to complete. You may not use calculators, dictionaries, notebooks or other papers except scrap paper provided by the Testing Center.
For more information, please contact the Student Support Center at: (360) 538-4099 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepare for ACCUPLACER®
To ensure that test scores accurately represent your skill levels, you may wish to review basic concepts in reading, grammar, arithmetic, trigonometry and algebra before taking ACCUPLACER, especially if you have been away from school for more than a year.
For detailed review information and examples of questions start with this CPT Information and Study Guide.
For quick access to practice questions use these Internet resources:
Resources for Purchase:
The Official ACCUPLACER iPhone App
The Official ACCUPLACER Study App is intended to familiarize you with the
basic content areas of the ACCUPLACER test. The app provides interactive sample
questions on the following ACCUPLACER tests: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra,
College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. With this app you
- improve your academic skills in reading, writing or math
- access interactive sample questions on all ACCUPLACER tests
- get immediate and detailed feedback on correct or incorrect
The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and requires iOS 4.2
The Official Web-Based Study App
The web-based study app features practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. You can access the app at any computer and familiarize yourself with the basic content areas of ACCUPLACER tests. With this app, you can enjoy the following features:
- “Learn as you go” tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses
- Sample tests help you experience what a real test may be like on test day
- Save your work and process, and resume practicing at a later time
- Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weaknesses