Accuplacer: Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Entry-Level Assessment?

The entry assessment at Cape Cod Community College consists of the ACCUPLACER® Test suite from College Board and covers math and english.


  • A placement test published by The College Board
  • A nationally normed test customized & delivered by educational institutions
  • A fast, accurate determination of whether a student has the skills to take college level courses or would benefit from some developmental work
  • Extensively used by community colleges, four year colleges, & technical schools around the world
  • Adaptive
  • Untimed

How will the computer deliver testing?

You will complete your test using a computer with use of either the keyboard or mouse to enter your answers and supply other information. A Proctor is present should you have any questions or problems. The Proctor has the ability to resolve difficulties that may occur.

What is adaptive testing?

Each test is adaptive and the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your response to prior questions. This technique selects just the right questions to ask without being too easy or too difficult. Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. However, once you have selected and confirmed your answer, you cannot return to that question.

Do all students have to take placement tests?

To help answer this question you may refer to the College's policy on Basic Skills Assessment. If you believe that you my be waived from testing for any reason, you may contact Admissions at (774) 330-4311.

Are there any fees for taking the college placement test?

No, the placement test is a tool to aid in choosing courses and does not incur any cost to students.

How long does it take to test?

The test is untimed; however, your whole appointment includes testing, advising and registration which takes approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours. It is recommended that you take your time during the testing portion of your appointment which may affect the amount of time spent overall.

What should I do to prepare for the test?

Students are encouraged to prepare for the college placement test by reviewing the Student Guide to the computerized Placement Tests provided at the Accuplacer tutorial site available at This guide provides sample questions and an overview of how the test works and outlines the skills necessary for success on this test. For this and other study materials, visit our Accuplacer Review Sites page.

Will Cape Cod Community College honor my high school's IEP?

If you need accommodations for testing, you may contact the O'Neill Center for Student Access and Support: (774) 330-4533.

Can I get extra time to test?

Except for the Write Placer, which only comes up under very specific conditions, the test is untimed. We do encourage you to take your time and do your very best so that your scores reflect your best work.

Can I use a calculator to test?

If you have accommodations through the O'Neill Center, you will be be allowed to use a 4-function calculator (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division); however, there is a calculator built into the test itself and is available whenever ACCUPLACER allows its use. If you need the calculator accommodation, simply request a letter from the O'Neill Center and present it with your photo ID when you check in for your Testing appointment. We will supply the calculator once you are in the testing room.

How do I schedule my testing appointment?

Once you access our scheduling calendar at, you may set your own test. If you are having difficulty scheduling, please call us at (774) 330-4543 and we will be happy to assist you.

When and where are the tests given?

Accuplacer is administered at the Testing Center on the Main Campus (2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA 02668). The office is located in the Grossman Commons Building on the 2nd floor in Suite 204. Hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:30am–4:30pm and Wednesdays from 8:30am - 7:00pm. Appointments are encouraged; however, walk-in testing sessions may be provided. We do conduct proprietary testing and would suggest that you call to be sure that we can accommodate walk-ins before you come down. During Walk-in Wednesdays, we begin testing at 11:30am and will accommodate walk-ins in the order in which they checked in. If you wish to walk-in, please allow yourself 2.5 - 3 hours before closing time in order to complete the process of testing, advising, and registering for courses at one time.

When do I get my results?

You will print your results at the conclusion of your test session. These results will be used during your Advising appointment which immediately follows your testing appointment.

Will I be able to go to college if I fail the test?

Though you may not have gotten the score or placement you wanted, you can't fail the ACCUPLACER. You can still take courses at Cape Cod Community College. The placement test is not an entrance exam, it is a tool to assist in placing you into appropriate level courses.

Can I retake the placement test?

You may be able to retake all or part of your placement test, retesting information is available in the Academic Policy Manual; found on the Admissions page.