Placement Test Preparations (Accuplacer)
Camden County College uses Accuplacer for College Placement Testing. Accuplacer is a high stakes test that determines your placement into courses at Camden County College. It is important to prepare and take this test very seriously. Please review sample materials below and attached prior to your test date.
Get a good night’s sleep and have a light meal or snack before testing. Being tired or hungry can hurt your performance on the College Placement Test. Remember to bring your photo ID with you when you come to test. The photo ID can not be a copy, or as a photo on your mobile device.
Additionally, all students should review the Accuplacer or English as a Second Language (ESL) Accuplacer test descriptions below where you will find information about the format and features of the College Placement Test. There is also information about exemptions and accommodations for students with disabilities.
Accuplacer Sample Tests can be viewed in different formats, online as downloadable pdfs as well as through the Free Web-Based Accuplacer app at accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student/practice
When preparing, please review the following sections:
- Accuplacer Next Generation Reading
- Writeplacer Essay
- Accuplacer Next Generation Writing
- Acuplacer Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)
- Accuplacer Next Generation Arithmetic
- Accuplacer Next Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)
It is unlikely that you will need to do all of the above sections, but it is helpful to prepare for each of them. Every student doing the whole test will do at least the Next Generation Reading, Writeplacer Essay, and the QAS section. The second math section (Arithmetic or AAF) will be determined by your performance on the QAS portion. Some students will be required to do the Next Generation Writing test.
English As A Second Language (ESL) students should prepare by reviewing.
- ESL Accuplacer Reading
- ESL Writeplacer
- ESL Accuplacer Listening
Practice and Get Prepared for College Placement Testing
The ACCUPLACER Free Web-Based Study App features practice tests in each test subject. It is accessible from most devices with internet access, and will help you become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER test questions.
- “Learn as you go” tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses.
- Sample tests are similar to the real thing, so you’ll know ahead of time what your experience will be like on test day.
- You can save your work at any time, and come back when it’s convenient for you.
- You can review your score history to see what you’re already doing well and what skills you should focus on improving.
Get the Accuplacer Free Web-Based Study App at: accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login
On October 1, 2018, Camden County College began using the Next Generation Accuplacer Reading and Math tests. When preparing for the College Placement Test, please prepare using the Next Generation practice tests for these areas. The Writeplacer Essay and ESL Accuplacer tests have not been changed.
For the Writeplacer Guide with sample essays, please visit:
For ESL Accuplacer information, please visit: Page 14 – 18 at:
For ESL Writeplacer Guide with Sample Essays, please visit:
Please call the Testing Center at 856-227-7200 x4710 for more information.
Reading and Writing Accuplacer Video Tips
This short video contains tips for responding to the essay prompts in the placement test. Responding to a prompt is not like answering a question. Never begin with “yes” or “no.” The purpose of a writing test is to see how well you can construct an organized essay that supports a central idea. The topics are usually broad so that people of different ages and diverse backgrounds — virtually everyone — can respond.
Download Sample Essay
Use your “sentence sense” to read the sentences in your mind to hear what sounds correct. You want to have a good idea of what a sentence needs to have in order to be correct. You should look to see that the sentence is grammatically correct. The answers that you choose should match the original meaning of the sentence. Finally, make sure that your answers are most consistent with the writing style of the sentence.
Download Sentence Skills Questions
The reading comprehension section of the Accuplacer is not timed, so take your time. You can’t return to an answer once given, so take your time to look at all the answers before giving your final answer. The questions fall into a few basic types, including the main idea, purpose questions, detail questions, and questions about how two sentences relate to each other.
Math Placement Prep
Did you place into Pre-Algebra (MTH-011)?
To improve your math skills before you retest, you can use EdReady. EdReady is a free online tool that assesses your math level and provides you with customized learning materials. This program is self-paced. It can take several weeks to complete the program, based on your current math skills and the amount of time you spend working in EdReady.
To get started in EdReady, go to:
- Under New User, select “Sign Up”, and fill out your information
- On the next screen, select the goal: “Prepare for Common Placement Exams”
- Scroll down to the bottom of the page, and under “General Math Placement Test Prep”, select “Start Diagnostic”
Complete the diagnostic, which will set up a customized online “course” for you. This course will include basic math, algebra and higher level math topics. Do the topics in order, and complete as many as you can.
Do not use a calculator because calculators cannot be used on the placement test.
In addition, we offer tutoring assistance at our Blackwood and Camden campuses. Our open hours can be found on the Tutoring Schedule page. (look for “MTH-011” hours).
If you have questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
www.mathpower.com provides information about basic math, algebra, study skills, math anxiety and learning styles. It was created by a professor in CCC’s Academic Skills Math Department, and many students have found this site to be fun and extremely helpful.