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ACCUPLACER - Suite of tests that quickly, accurately, and efficiently assess reading, writing and math skills.

  • ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area. 
  • Test questions are based on your responses to previous questions. Questions will either increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how you respond. 
  • ACCUPLACER is a computerized untimed test; however, it is important to allow yourself enough time to complete the test since the test results are a key factor in determining your course(s) you can enroll in. 
  • You can NOT pass or fail.
  • You do not need an appointment to test.
  • Test scores are valid for two years.
  • Preparing for the ACCUPLACER test is important!
  • To prepare for the accuplacer visit www.accuplacer.org

CELSA – Combined English Language Skills Assessment

If English is not your first language you are strongly encourage to take the CELSA course placement test

  • CELSA is a 45 minute timed multiple choice test. 
  • It will test your college readiness for English and reading courses. 
  • To assess your skill level in math you will take the ACCUPLACER elementary or college algebra test. 
  • For sample test questions download CELSA sample questions.

Acceptable Forms of photo ID:

A driver's license or State ID, passport, military or tribal ID, naturalization card, or official school transcript with photo (official seal must cover part of photo).

Course Placement Chart

All placement test scores for Accuplacer & CELSA are valid for 2 years from the date of testing with the exception of the reading exemption score which does not expire. If you have any questions please contact Testing Services at pc-infotest@phoenixcollege.edu, or call 602.285.7844 for further information.

Please Note: WritePlacer test scores can score 'Pending'. Test scores can take up to 48 hours for post to your My.maricopa.edu student account. Please take your original test scores with you to your or BearTrax session.

Students with Disabilities: If you require test accommodations due to a documented disability, please contact Testing Services for information concerning your needs at 602.285.7844.

 


Reading Comprehension

There are 20 questions of two primary types on the Reading Comprehension test.

  • The first type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long passages are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.
  • The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences. The question may ask, for example, if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information.

Written Essay

This test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success.

Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score will based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Focus—The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view
  • Organization—The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas
  • Development and Support—The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details
  • Sentence Structure—The effectiveness of your sentence structure
  • Mechanical Conventions—The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

Elementary Algebra

A total of 12 questions are administered in this test.

  • The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • A second type involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.
  • The third type of question involves the solution of equations, inequalities, word problems. solving linear equations and inequalities, the solution of quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

College Level Math Test

There are 20 questions on the College-Level Mathematics.

The College-Level Mathematics test assesses from intermediate algebra through precalculus.

  • Algebraic operations includes simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry includes plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics ask about complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems.
  • The last category, functions and trigonometry, presents questions about polynomials, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.