Accuplacer®: What Is Accuplacer®?

ACCUPLACER® is a suite of tests published by "The College Board" that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college courses. ACCUPLACER® is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area and to help you improve your skills through interactive online learning tools. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by your academic advisors to place you in the appropriate college courses that meet your skill level.

MDHE Mandate

Since September, 1999, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has mandated that all entering students seeking a degree or certificate program (matriculated students) at a state college must assess upon entry in their basic skills of reading comprehension, writing and mathematics unless they have prior college credit and these credits have been reviewed and approved.

Non-matriculated students must assess in the appropriate area prior to enrolling in any course that has a reading, writing or mathematics pre-requisite unless they have prior college credit and these credits have been reviewed and approved. 

The mandated state test is "The College Board's" ACCUPLACER® system.



  1. Relax! ACCUPLACER® was designed to help you succeed in college. Your score helps you and your advisor determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills.
  2. You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test. You should also arrive a few minutes early so you can find the testing area, bathrooms, etc., and gather your thoughts before the test begins.
  3. Pay careful attention to directions, and be sure you understand the directions before you begin each test.
  4. You should understand that this is an adaptive test. Questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question; you may change the answer on a particular question before you have moved ahead to another question but you may not go back to change an answer once it has been submitted.
  5. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices.
  6. Remember to bring a picture I.D. We will provide you with your student ID and an orientation to the testing process.
  7. DO NOT BRING FOOD, DRINK or TEXTBOOKS, notebooks, dictionaries, or other papers of any kind into the testing room. We will ask you to turn off any electronic devices.
  8. You may not use a calculator unless you have signed documentation from the O'Neill Center for Students with Disabilities.
  9. The Test Administrator will provide you with scratch paper. This MUST be returned to the administrator prior to leaving the testing room.
  10. Remember, no assisting others or yourself. Anyone who gives or receives help during the test or uses notes or books of any kind will not be allowed to continue the test.

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