Preparing for the Accuplacer Reading Tests
Colleges and universities can use the Accuplacer Classic Reading Comprehension test or the Next-Generation Reading test to measure a person's reading skills and place him or her in appropriate courses. Some schools, for instance, require a student who earns low scores to take a remedial reading class before becoming eligible to begin college-level studies.
When getting ready to take a reading Accuplacer test, you can use the following strategies and study materials to help ensure you are prepared on test day.
Identify the Test Objectives
Before you can properly prepare, you need to know what types of skills are being evaluated when you take a reading test. To do well on either exam, you must demonstrate that you can identify the main idea of a text, decipher information used to support an author's claims and effectively draw inferences from what you read.
Access Reputable Study Materials
Some study materials are better than others. It is important to use reputable study resources that develop the skills you will need for this test.
Practice questions for both the Classic Reading Comprehension and Next-Generation Reading tests are available on the Accuplacer website. These documents contain instructions for answering the different types of questions found on your reading exam in addition to several practice questions.
One way to determine if you're ready to take the test is to treat the sample questions like an examination and see how many you get right. You can also see how well you do at the start of your review process. After a few weeks of studying relevant material, answer the questions again and see if you have improved.
The Accuplacer website also includes practice tests. After creating an account and logging in, you can access two types of tests. One is a ''learn as you go'' format that gives an immediate assessment of each question you answer so you can see if you got it right or receive information that may help you correct your answer if you got it wrong. The other type is an actual practice test that provides feedback at the end.
Using these online practice tests is a good way to see how well you would perform if you were taking the test today. They can also clarify areas where you need to spend more time developing your skills.
The Accuplacer Reading Placement Test Study Guide includes 63 self-paced lessons that walk you through strategies for identifying the main idea and supporting details of a passage and analyzing a variety of different text types. Individuals who use this study course can be confident that they have spent time reviewing all of the skills they'll need to be familiar with on test day.
Create a Study Plan
It is important to ensure that you spend time practicing the close reading and analytical skills needed to do well on this test. Sometimes, it's easy to get distracted by other tasks instead of sitting down to read, review study guides or answer practice questions.
Take your calendar and block out chunks of time to study, making sure you assign a block to each of the skills you need to focus on developing to be ready for the Reading test.
Have a Support System
You may choose to work with a study partner or a study group so that you stay motivated and don't skip review sessions. If you don't have the option of studying with other people, you might ask someone to keep you accountable. You can ask them to check in on you to see how much studying you've done. Both strategies can help you stay focused on following your study schedule.
Use Smart Test-Taking Strategies
On test day, take your time and read passages carefully, taking notes as you go. You should also pay close attention to the answer choices, and don't be afraid to go back and re-read a passage before selecting your answer. Use your knowledge of how good writing is organized to help locate topic sentences, supporting evidence and concluding statements that support your answer.
Remember, both tests are untimed, so you can work as slowly and as carefully as you need.
Look Ahead to Your Other Tests
If you need to take other Accuplacer exams as part of your placement testing, you can also take advantage of the 76-lesson Accuplacer Writing Placement Test Study Guide and the 76 lessons that make up the Accuplacer WritePlacer Test: Practice & Study Guide.