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Policy
Beginning July 1, 2012, to be eligible for Title IV financial aid programs, all new, first time enrolling students must have either a high school diploma or a GED certificate (ACCUPLACER testing results can no longer be used by new students).

 

ACCUPLACER TEST


What is the ACCUPLACER Test?
The ACCUPLACER is a computerized adaptive test that will determine the student’s readiness to start a career program and “Ability to Benefit.” 

What is Computer Adaptive Testing?

ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for the student on the basis of their answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for their ability level. Because the test works this way, students must answer every question when it is first given. Students can change their answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but students cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change their answer.

Who takes the ACCUPLACER test?

  1. The ACCUPLACER is required for students under the age of twenty-one (21) who have not taken the ACT test. 
  2. The ACCUPLACER is required for students pursuing enrollment in a career program without a high school diploma or GED. Those students must complete the ACCUPLACER to demonstrate --ability to benefit for financial aid.

What is the Ability to Benefit (ATB) ACCUPLACER Test?
The ACCUPLACER tests have been approved for use as a measure of a student’s “Ability to Benefit.”  Ability to Benefit legislation regulates the approval and administration of tests that may be used to determine a student’s eligibility for assistance under the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (Title IV, HEA programs), if the student does not have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.  The regulations also propose a passing score for each approved test.

When and where will the ACCUPLACER test be given?
The ACCUPLACER test is given during registration each semester and during.  Click here to see this year’s Academic Calendar.  Times, dates, and locations are posted on the following: here, on bulletin boards, and in the Schedule Planner (printed each semester). 
Students living with a disability who need to take the ACCUPLACER test must request services from the ADA/504 Coordinator Office a semester prior to enrolling to ensure that reasonable accommodations are provided in a timely manner.  The ADA/504 Office requires documentation of disability for which the student is requesting accommodations.  To make this request, contact Evelyn Washington for additional information at (662) 621-4148 or ewashington@coahomacc.edu.

How much time does the ACCUPLACER test require?
The multiple choice tests are untimed. You should allow up three hours for the entire ACCUPLACER Test (Sentence Skills, Math and Reading). 

What should the student bring to the testing session?
On the day of the test, students must present a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license, state ID card, or military ID card. Students must also have available their social security number. Students will not be able to test without a valid photo ID and Social Security Number. Scratch paper and pencils will be provided for you.
Please do not bring food, drinks, notes, a dictionary or thesaurus, a calculator, or a cell phone or pager to the test session.
Students MUST report 15 minutes early.  
Cheating and Plagiarism
Students who give or receive help during the ACCUPLACER Test, use notes, or aid of any kind, or remove test material from the testing center will not be admitted to the institution, and their test scores will be voided.  See Cheating and Plagiarism Policy College Catalog.

RESOURCES 
Study Links 
www.testprepreview.com
ACCUPLACER Practice Test

http://www.studyguidezone.com/ACCUPLACERtest.htm 
ACCUPLACER Study Guide

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/accuplacer/preparation-sample.html 
ACCUPLACER Sample Questions