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What is the Math Accuplacer?


I am a rising Junior who is taking Trig 102 this summer at a local community college. Seeing as I do not have an SAT score (June cancellation) they want me to take a math Accuplacer. I vaguely know it tests math knowledge for college courses, but that is it. As someone who has only taken up to Alg. II and Geometry up to this point, how prepared am I? What do I need to study? If I do poorly, will I be removed from the program?


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Which Math Accuplacer test are you taking? There are multiple versions, and they test on different areas of knowledge. I pulled the following descriptions from College Board's website.


The Arithmetic test focuses on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The Arithmetic test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

-Whole Number Operations

-Fraction Operations

-Decimal Operations


-Number Comparisons and Equivalents

The Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

-Rational Numbers

-Ratio and Proportional Relationships


-Algebraic Expressions

-Linear Equations

-Linear Applications and Graphs

-Probability Sets

-Descriptive Statistics

-Geometry Concepts

The Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) test assesses the following knowledge and skills:

-Linear Equations

-Linear Applications and Graphs




-Radical and Rational Equations

-Polynomial Equations

-Exponential and Logarithmic Equations



If you've only taken Alg. II and Geometry up to this point, I'd imagine you should be fine for the Arithmetic and QAS exams, but might struggle a bit with some aspects of the AAF test. As for studying, I would begin with the free resources that College Board already has for these exams; you can find them here:

As for your last question, the only people who can answer that are the people who run your program; you will need to ask them what the policy would be and what the score threshold would be to continue onward.

Thank you for the help! Their website says I will be taking the Arithmetic test (I did not realize there was more than one version of the Accuplacer). I also learned what score range I need to place into Trig.