Accuplacer & ACT Tests

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Designed for reading, writing, and math, the Next-Generation Accuplacer placement tests help institutions place students in programs that match their skill level. The new tests align to the same content domain continuum as the SAT Suite of Assessments, help institutions improve program placement accuracy, and help ensure that students are set up to succeed in their program.

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1: Reading

Next-Generation Reading assesses the test taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included. Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:

  1. Information and Ideas
  2. Rhetoric
  3. Synthesis
  4. Vocabulary
2: Writing

Next-Generation Writing evaluates a test taker’s ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text. Questions cover two broad knowledge and skills categories, each containing three subcategories:

Expression of Ideas

  1. Development
  2. Organization
  3. Effective Language Use

Standard English Conventions

  1. Sentence Structure
  2. Usage
  3. Punctuation
3: Math

Next-Generation Arithmetic focuses on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The following knowledge and skills categories are assessed:

  1. Whole Number Operations
  2. Fraction Operations
  3. Decimal Operations
  4. Percent
  5. Number Comparisons and Equivalents

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