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Getting Ready for the Accuplacer Placement Tool
Studying will lead to a better performance and more class options. By obtaining a higher placement, you may be able to skip one or more basic math and English classes and get a head start towards your academic goals.
Review these helpful online resources:
 Take a sample English and Math Practice Test
 Tips for taking the Placement Tests
 English Study Resources
 Math Study Resources
 Access EdReady for a personalized math readiness program
 ESL Study Resources
 Chemistry Study Resources
English Study Resources
The English computerized placement tool consists of two parts: Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. Each part consists of 20 questions each and is not timed, but may take approximately one hour. Reading Comprehension measures your analytical and comprehensive reading skills and your ability to apply what you have read. The Sentence Skills portion measures your ability to correct sentences by substituting a word or phrase underlined in the sentence. It will also ask you to specifically rewrite sentences without changing the meaning.
Preparation

Take the placement test seriously. Your placement results will determine which classes you are eligible to enroll. Retesting is limited, so do your best the first time.

Study and review. Study and review may help improve your placement results, particularly for math and chemistry, subjects for which you may not have recently practiced.

Familiarize yourself with the type of questions that are used. Sample questions are available on the links above. Knowing the format of the questions can help you relax and concentrate.

Get a good night's sleep and have a light meal or snack before arriving to the placement session. The English and Math computerized placement process may take approximately 2.5 hours. Being tired and/or hungry could hurt your performance in any session. There are morning, afternoon and early evening sessions. Sign up for a session when you are usually most alert.

Work carefully. The English and Math computerized placement process is not timed. Read and reread the questions carefully, and check each answer before submitting it as you cannot go back to a question. This will result in the highest possible course placement.

Students will receive their English, Math, and ESL placement results before leaving the Placement Center. For Chemistry, results are usually available online in 12 business days via the student's Web Advisor account, under Test Summary.
Math Study Resources
New! EdReady (ohlone.edready.org) is a personalized math readiness program. Login and take the diagnostic test to help determine the gaps in your math knowledge. EdReady will create a personalized study path with topicspecific and mediarich learning resources. If you have any questions regarding EdReady, please contact the Placement Center.
Arithmetic
The Arithmetic Test measures your ability to perform basic operations and solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.
 ACCUPLACER Sample Questions for Students (PDF)
 Dansmath.com for Arithmetic
 Arithmetic Study Materials and Practice Exam for the Accuplacer Test, created by Anoka Ramsey Community College Mathematics Department
 ACCUPLACER WebBased Study App from CollegeBoard (free)
 Khan Academy for Arithmetic and PreAlgebra, videos and exercises on Basic Math and PreAlgebra
Elementary Algebra
The Elementary Algebra Test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts.
 Elementary Algebra Study Guide (PDF)
 Elementary Algebra Study Materials and Practice Exam for the Accuplacer Test, created by Anoka Ramsey Community College Mathematics Department
 ACCUPLACER WebBased Study App from CollegeBoard (free)
 Dansmath.com for Beginning Algebra
 AlgebraHelp.com: A collection of lessons on key algebra topics and practice problems
 Khan Academy for Alegbra, videos and exercises for Algebra I, Intermediate Algebra, and Algebra II
College Level Math
Depending on your progress in the Elementary Algebra Test, you may be required to complete the College Level Math Test. This test measures your ability to perform collegelevel algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve collegelevel algebraic concepts.
 College Level Study Materials and Practice Exam for the Accuplacer Test, created by Anoka Ramsey Community College Mathematics Department
 ACCUPLACER WebBased Study App from CollegeBoard (free)
 Math Analysis and Calculus Readiness Tests  Materials have been prepared with the support of The California State University, the University of California, and the California Academic Partnership Program
 Dansmath.com for Precalculus review
 Khan Academy for Trigonometry and PreCalculus, videos and exercises for Trigonometry and PreCalculus
 Khan Academy for Calculus, videos and exercises for Calculus
English as a Second Language (ESL) Study Resources
The ESL placement process includes an essay on an assigned topic, listening comprehension, language use, and reading skills. Students will have 45 minutes to write the essay. The essays are evaluated based on students' ability to focus on the topic, organize and support their ideas, and the effectiveness and correctness of their language. The computerized reading and listening portion is not timed, but may take approximately two hours. Results will be available when students meet with a counselor at the end of the session.
Chemistry Study Resources
The Chemistry Placement Test consists of 44multiple choice questions and students have 45 minutes to complete it. A periodic table of the elements is provided. This test clears a prerequisite only for Chemistry 101A. In order to enroll in Chemistry 101A, students must complete two course prerequisites: Chemistry 102 and Math 152. For students interested in other Chemistry classes, please refer the Ohlone College Catalog for prerequisites specific to those classes.
The majority of the test deals with topics such as elements and their properties, chemical formulas, concentrations of solutions, gases, oxidation numbers, redox reactions and the concepts of acids and bases.
The best preparation for the test is to review high school algebra and chemistry. Those who wish to prepare for the test and do not have a chemistry text may find helpful one of the testpreparation books for standardized achievement tests in chemistry. These can be obtained in most bookstores.
 California Chemistry Diagnostic Test Sample Questions (PDF)
 Sample Questions for the Chemistry Placement Test (PDF)
For clearing the Math 152 prerequisite, refer to the Math Study Resources.
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