The Accuplacer Placement Test
The Accuplacer Placement test is used to place students in appropriate English and Math courses, and also identifies prerequisite skill levels for certain courses and programs. (If you took the COMPASS test within the past two years and want to use those scores for placement into classes, you do not need to take the Accuplacer test.)
Placement testing is available on a walk-in basis at The Learning Center (TLC) during regular hours of operation. However, you must begin your test one hour before TLC closes.
Next Generation Accuplacer Test Sections
Reading assesses the test-taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included. Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:
Information and Ideas: reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, understanding relationships)
Rhetoric: analyzing word choice rhetorically, analyzing text structure, analyzing point of view, analyzing purpose, analyzing arguments.
Synthesis: analyzing multiple texts
WritePlacer (Written Essay)
The essay gives you an opportunity to show how effectively you can develop and express your ideas in writing. You will first read a short passage and an assignment question that are focused on an important issue. You will then write an essay in which you develop your own point of view on the issue. You should support your position with appropriate reasoning and examples. The position you take will not influence your score. The following six characteristics of writing will be considered:
Focus: The extent to which you present information in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.
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
Critical Thinking: The extent to which you communicate a point of view and demonstrate reasoned relationships among ideas.
Next-Generation Arithmetic focuses on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The following knowledge and skills categories are assessed:
Whole Number Operations
Number Comparisons and Equivalents
Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) assesses the following knowledge and skills:
Ratio and Proportional Relationships
Linear Applications and Graphs
Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) assesses the following knowledge and skills:
Linear Applications and Graphs
Radical and Rational Equations
Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
Additional Information about the Accuplacer Test
Transferring from another UH Community College:
You do not need to take the Accuplacer again if:
- Accuplacer Scores are valid within two years of registering at UH Maui College.
- AND/OR You took a Math or English Course at a UH Community College and completed with a C or better.
Transferring to a UH Community College:
You do not need to sumbit your scores to any of the UH Community Colleges, Kapiolani, Honolulu, Hawaii, Kauai, Windward or Leeward Community College. All UH Community Colleges will have access to your scores after you take ACCUPLACER at UH Maui College. Your scores must be valid within 2 years of registering for the college, and or if you have completed a Math or English class with a C or better.
You should allow approximately one hour for the Writeplacer ACCUPLACER Test and one hour for the math test. ACCUPLACER is a self-paced, computerized test, which allows you to proceed at your own rate. The last ACCUPLACER exam will be administered 1 hour prior to closing.
Transferring to a Non-UH Community College:
If you have already taken your Accuplacer test at UH Maui College and wish to send your scores to another campus, you must fill out test the disclosure form. The cost to send ACCUPLACER scores to another college is $25.00.
Required Items for Testing:
- Photo ID (driver’s license with photo)
- Your UH ID number. If you have not applied to attend Maui College, you may obtain a UH ID number from the Admissions and Records Office.
You may NOT bring books, dictionaries, notes, papers, or other aids into the testing room. Cell phones must be turned off and put away.
Your scores will be given to you when you have completed the test. Placement results, together with advising from counselors and faculty, should insure correct course placement and assist with planning an academic program.
ACCUPLACER can be taken once every 2 years without a fee. For this reason, you should take the test seriously and try your best. If you choose to retake your ACCUPLACER Placement Test without having to wait the normal 2-year wait period, you will be charged a $25 fee. If you are a high school student, you will be charged a $10 fee.
Test Preparation Resources
Web-Based Study App
WritePlacer Sample Essays
Next Generation Reading
Next Generation Arithmetic
Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics
Next Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions