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How should you prepare for a testing experience?


Let's say you come to the Assessment Center one day, needing to take one of our tests. Did you just arrive from a 15 hour flight? Did you just get here from working the graveyard shift? If so, you should probably take the test another time.



Are you sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and/or feverish? Do we even need to tell you it's not a good time to take the test?

Seriously, you shouldn't take the test if you're sick. A healthy body makes for a healthy mind, so if you are sick then please come back when you're feeling better.



Your brain will refuse to cooperate properly if you're hungry. You'll want to make sure you've had a relatively fulfilling meal soon before testing. It really will make a difference.



No, seriously. The people who designed these tests and the people who administer them - we're all people who have taken tests in our lives. We know that taking a test can be a stressful experience. However, these tests have been designed to help you succeed in college. Your placements helps you learn which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once you identify your academic strengths and needs, you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they can interfere with your learning.



The most important thing to keep in mind when taking any test is to follow directions, follow directions, and follow directions.

If you're told you've got plenty of time and not to rush, then take your time and do not rush.

If you're told you're being timed and you shouldn't spend too much time on any one question, then, well, you get the picture.




To ensure that test scores accurately represent your skill levels, you may wish to review basic concepts in reading, grammar, arithmetic, trigonometry, and algebra before taking ACCUPLACER, especially if you have been away from school for more than a year. Many students find that SAT Preparation or SAT review materials are helpful in refreshing their basic skills. You can visit the College Board's free SAT practice tests, but the Riverside Community College District does not endorse the purchasing of any online or paper review/practice materials.


Sample Questions

We have a .pdf file with sample questions provided by the test publisher (The College Board)


Additional Preparation

The following sites are recommended by various community colleges throughout the state for assistance with Accuplacer Online (the test we use for ENglish/Math/Reading assessment).  They are all outside of the Riverside Community College District (RCCD). The RCCD does not claim any connection to these sites and cannot accept any liability for anything that takes place between you and any of these sites.  You should not sign up for any memberships and you especially should not pay anyone for anything: