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ACCUPLACER Testing

An important step in the admissions process is to take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test.

The ACCUPLACER is a computerized test that provides accurate information about your skill levels in reading, English and mathematics.  The Community College of the District of Columbia uses your scores on this test to help determine the appropriate course(s) for you.

You will take the test on a computer, using either the keyboard or mouse to enter your answers and supply other information. Each test is adaptive.  Adaptive means that the computer determines what questions are presented to students based on their responses to previous questions. A test center administrator will always be present should you have any questions or problems.

There is no fee for the ACCUPLACER Placement Test and your scores will not affect your admission status.

Who must take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

UDC-CC requires that all new students admitted to the Community College, students whose primary language is not English, and students who have not received a passing grade in one college level mathematics course and one college level English course take the computerized ACCUPLACER Placement Test.  Please note that you will not be able to register for classes if you have not taken this test.

When can I take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

To schedule your test, please call the Student Success Center at 202-274-5800 to scheduled your Accuplacer Test. You should receive your test date, time, location and college-wide identification number when you schedule your test.

The ACCUPLACER Placement Test is administered multiple times during the week in computer labs on campus, as well as at the PR Harris Education Center. 

How do I prepare for the test?

The ACCUPLACER Placement Test is very important.  Please make sure you are well rested, and able to do your very best.  Your scores will determine whether you place in college-level courses.
 
Students needing special accommodations should contact the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities at 202.274.6152.

For information and practice of the ACCUPLACER Placement Test, please review the ACCUPLACER Sample Test.

Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning offers an ACCUPLACER Preparation course, and this training is free for DC residents.

What do I need to bring?

You must bring the following with you to the test site:

  • One form of valid photo identification
  • Your college-wide identification number
  • NOTE: No dictionaries, calculators, or cell phones are permitted at the testing site

What else should I know?

Please allow plenty of time for traveling, parking, and locating the test site.  You should arrive to the test site at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of your test.  The test will start on time. If you arrive late, you will not be able to take the test on your assigned test day, and you will need to schedule a new test date.

Students will receive a printout of the test scores upon the completion of the test.  The Test Administrator will explain the test scores to students. Test scores are valid for one academic year.

Student course placement is based upon the number of questions answered and the difficulty of the questions answered.

Cut Off Scores

READING:78 or above means that the student has tested out of READING IMPROVEMENT
77 or lower means that the student has placed into READING IMPROVEMENT
SENTENCE SKILLS:86 and above means the student has placed into ENGLISH
COMPOSITION I:85 and lower means the student has placed into ENGLISH FUNDAMENTALS
ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA:85 or above means the student has placed into several college level courses
84 or lower means the student has placed into BASIC MATHEMATICS
ARITHMETIC:69 or lower means the student has placed into BASIC MATHEMATICS

Note for all students who have taken a TOEFEL Exam:  As a requirement for admission to the College, if you scored below 540 on the paper-based exam; below 207 on the computer-based exam; or below 76 on the Internet-based exam, please disregard this information about the ACCUPLACER Placement Test and either visit the Student Success Center at 801 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd Floor or call 202.274.5800 so that a Student Success Specialist may discuss your TOEFEL results with you.  Please have your TOEFEL results available when you contact the Student Success Center.

We look forward to meeting you on your scheduled test date.  If you have any questions please visit the the Student Success Center at 801 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd Floor or call 202.274.5800.  You may also contact the Student Success Center at 202.274.5800.

   

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Fall - May 15
Spring - October 15
Summer - April 15

International Applicant Deadlines

Fall - April 15
Spring - September 15
Summer - March 15


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