ACCUPLACER PLACEMENT TEST FAQs
WHAT IS ACCUPLACER?
Marian University is committed to the academic success of students. The placement exams used by the University are provided by Accuplacer, a division of The College Board, and are administered on computer. Students could be asked to take one or more of the following:
- Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
- Advanced Algebra and Functions
Students are encouraged to take the exam seriously. The results of the exam and the student's academic history are used by Marian to determine whether students can begin their university career by taking all college-level, credit-bearing courses or whether they will need to spend some time in non-credit-bearing courses. The test results may also be used by the University to guide students toward additional academic support.
WHO CAN TAKE ACCUPLACER?
The results are important in determining course placement of both incoming freshman and transfer students.
DO STUDENTS HAVE OPTIONS WHEN SCHEDULING ACCUPLACER?
Marian has created different testing options giving students more flexibility when scheduling their exam. Providing different options for testing helps students focus solely on the exam.
•Individual Testing (Students schedule an appointment at the Fond du Lac location).
•Remote Testing (Students schedule the assessment off-site/closer to home with an approved proctor).
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE ACCUPLACER?
Accuplacer is an untimed, adaptive computer test. The adaptive technique selects questions that match an individual's ability level based on answers to previous questions. Since the multiple-choice tests are untimed, the tester can take as much time as needed for each question. However, once an answer is chosen, the tester cannot return to the question to make changes. Time varies from one to two hours depending on the individual student; however, any student with a documented disability warranting accommodations during testing should contact the Coordinator of Disability Services well in advance of scheduling to ensure all necessary documentation is on file.
CAN STUDENTS PREPARE FOR THE ACCUPLACER TEST?
To help prepare for the exam, students can choose to review basic concepts in arithmetic, algebra and advanced algebra and functions, and reading and writing. Students may find GED, ACT or SAT review books (available at bookstores and public libraries) helpful for reviewing basic skills. Student can also prepare for the Accuplacer by visiting the following websites:
•www.purplemath.com • www.marianuniversity.edu/accuplacer
WHAT DO STUDENTS BRING ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM?
Photo proof of identification is required (Student ID or a Driver's License). Students are not allowed to use personal calculators or any other resources; therefore, scratch paper will be provided by the test proctor and a computer-based calculator will be available for select questions.
WHO DO STUDENTS CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ACCUPLACER?
- Gigi Burnett, Secretary to the CASE Office (Center for Academic Support and Excellence) 920-923-8097
- Kelsey Beine, Math Learning Specialist 920-923-8151
- Lisa Olig, Coordinator, Disability Services and Academic Support (for accommodation requests) 920-923-8951