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Reviewing will give you the best opportunity to reach your highest competency level and course placement. Lacking preparation could lead to placement in courses beneath your capabilities.

Preparing for the Sentence Skills Assessment

The Accuplacer Sentence Skills assessment measures your writing abilities in two areas. The first type of questions consist of sentence-correction that require an understanding of sentence structure. The second type consists of construction-shift questions. Within these areas, the questions will deal with the logic of the sentence, whether or not the answer is a complete sentence and understanding the relationship between coordination and subordination of clauses that make compound sentences. We recommend the following study resources:

Preparing for the Reading Assessment

The Accuplacer Reading Comprehension assessment is designed to measure your ability to construct meaning from what you read in two primary areas. The first type of questions consist of short and longer reading passages followed by questions based on the text. You will process the information according to explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to the secondary idea, applications as well as make inferences based on contextual meaning. The second type deals with sentence relationships by presenting two sentences followed by questions about how they relate to each other, e.g., does the statement in the second sentence support, contradict or repeat the same information provided in the first sentence. We recommend the following study resources:

Preparing for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment

The Accuplacer ESL assessment consists of four sections: Reading Skills, Sentence Meaning, Language Use and Listening Skills. The ESL sections will measure a non-native English learner's ability to comprehend English, understand word meaning in sentences, identify correct use of grammar and understand spoken English language conversations from novice-mid to advanced-high ESL levels. The purpose of the ESL assessment is to provide a broad profile of the student's English language abilities. We recommend the following study resources:

Preparing for the Math Assessment

The Math Diagnostic Testing Project (MDTP) assessment is timed and computerized. We recommend the following study resources:

  • EdReady Math Review (Online Math Diagnostics and Tutorials) AVC has partnered with EdReady to develop your own individualized study plan to help you prepare for the math assessment and reach your desired placement goal. This web resource is completely FREE! You will need to apply to the college and receive your AVC 9-digit Student ID Number in order to access the site. Your Student ID is automatically emailed to you after completing the Admissions Application.
  • MyOpenMath (FREE instant feedback self-study courses/textbooks from PreAlgebra through PreCalculus)
  • Khan Academy (Free online math video lessons)
  • PurpleMath (Content specific math lessons)
  • (Practice exercises)

MDTP ALGEBRA READINESS (basic arithmetic and pre-algebra review)

Intended for students who have no high school algebra background, had 1 year high school algebra or equivalent or it has been many years since your last math course. Skills measured:

  • Integers
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percent
  • Exponents
  • Equations & Expressions
  • Geometry/Pythagorean theorem

MDTP ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA (beginning algebra review)

Intended for students who had 2 or more years of high school algebra (or equivalent) while earning a "C" or better. Skills measured:

  • Arithmetic Operations
  • Polynomials
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Graphing
  • Rational Expressions
  • Exponents & Square Roots
  • Geometry
  • Word Problems

MDTP INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA (review for a transfer level math course)

Intended for students who are very confident in their algebra skills, having recently completed (within 1-2 years) 2nd year algebra with a "B" or better. Skills measured:

  • Simplifying & Evaluating Expressions
  • Polynomials
  • Linear Equations, Inequalities & Systems
  • Rational Expressions/Equations
  • Quadratic Equations, Inequalities & Complex Numbers
  • Logarithmic/Exponential Expressions & Equations
  • Radical Expressions & Equations
  • Graphing
  • Applications

MDTP PRECALCULUS (review to determine readiness in a college-level Calculus course)

Intended for students who recently completed (within 1-2 years) an advanced math class (e.g., Trigonometry, PreCalculus, Calculus, Math Analysis, etc.), earning a grade of "B" or better. Skills measured:

  • Elementary Operations with Numerical & Algebraic Fractions
  • Operations with Exponents & Radicals
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities
  • Polynomials & Polynomial Equations
  • Functions Trigonometry
  • Logarithms & Exponential Functions
  • Mathematical Modeling - Word Problems
Last updated: February 7, 2018