Testing Center

DeVry utilizes computer placement tests (CPTs) to identify students' strengths and areas where improvement is needed, so that an appropriate course schedule can be developed. These tests generate information about skills in reading, writing, arithmetic, and elementary algebra. Tests are administered on a computer, though no previous experience with computers is necessary. After finishing the tests, students meet with an advisor to discuss the results.

The number of questions on each test ranges from 12 to 20. Questions appear one at a time on the computer screen and are multiple-choice. All you need to do is use the mouse to select the desired answer. When you've completed the question and verified your answer, a new screeen will appear with your next question.

Each ACCUPLACERTM test is designed using adaptive techniques. This means the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. The technique zeroes-in on just the right questions to ask you.

Each test is untimed, so you can give each question as much thought as you wish. However, once you've verified your answer, you cannot return to that question.

Sample Questions

Reading Comprehension

This test is designed to measure how well you understand what you read. It contains 20 questions. Some are of the sentence relationship type, in which you must choose how sentences are related. Others refer to reading passages of varying length.
[Sample Reading Comprehension Questions]

Essay Test

ACCUPLACERTM includes a writing test called WritePlacer. For this test you'll be given a topic and asked to write an essay about it. The test has been designed so that you will probably have enough time to plan, write, review, and revise your essay. It will be scored on the overall quality of your writing.
[Example Essay Test]


The Arithmetic Test measures your skills in three primary categories. The first is operations with whole numbers and fractions. This includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers. The second category involves operations with decimals and percents. It includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as percent problems, decimal recognition, fraction and percent equivalences, and estimation problems. The last category tests applications and problem-solving. Questions pertain to rate, percent, measurement, geometry, and distribution of a quantity into fractional parts. A total of 17 questions are asked.
[Sample Arithmetic Questions]

Elementary Algebra

There are also three categories in the Elementary Algebra Test. The first category, operations with integers and rational numbers, computation with integers and negative rationales, use of absolute values, and ordering. The second category is operations with algebraic expressions. It tests your skills in evaluating simple formulas and expressions, and in adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Both of these categories include questions about multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, evaluating positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring. The third category tests skill in solving equations, inequalities, and word problems. These questions include solving systems of linear equations, quadratic equations by factoring, verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions, and graphing. Twelve questions are presented.
[Sample Algebra Questions] 

Test Tips

  1. Relax! ACCUPLACETM is designed to help you succeed in school. Your score helps you and your advisor determine 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.

  2. You'll be able to concentrate better if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to completing the tests. You should also arrive a few minutes early so you can find the testing area, bathrooms, phones, etc., and gather your thoughts before the beginning. (And if you wear glasses, remember to bring them with you!)

  3. Pay careful attention to test directions, and be sure you understand them before you begin each test.

  4. This is an adaptive test. Questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it's first given. You cannot omit any question or come back to change an answer. You may change your answer on a particular question, but you must do so before continuing on to the next question. If you don't, the answer is accepted, and you cannot return to the question.

  5. If you don't know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick one of the remaining choices.

  6. You're not allowed to use dictionaries, calculators, notebooks, or textbooks of any kind on the tests. Scratch paper for solving math problems will be provided by the test administrator. Any student who gives or receives help during the test, or uses notes or books of any kind, won't be allowed to continue. Following the test period, no test materials or notes may be removed from the room.

  7. Remember your social security number and to bring some form of picture I.D. with you to the testing session.

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