Identifying appropriate initial course placement can play an important role in college success. Lincoln College uses online “Classic Version” Accuplacer tests to assist in identifying students’ current skills in the areas of mathematics and English composition and to help students and their academic advisors establish the most effective course of study.
The Accuplacer math test is an untimed, multiple-choice exam that opens at the elementary algebra level. Then, based on the accuracy of the student’s responses, the test may stop at the elementary algebra level or continue on to more advanced concepts. Pencils and scratch paper are provided, and an on-screen calculator is available for certain questions.
WritePlacer, the English composition test, asks students to choose from a list of topics and write a short (300-600 word) essay in response to a prompt. The WritePlacer score is determined by the essay’s strength in the areas of focus, organization, development and support, sentence structure, and mechanical conventions.
Students must complete any required placement testing before registering for math and composition classes.
Online tools are available to help you prepare for the Accuplacer tests.
It is recommended that students allow about 2 hours if they are taking both exams, but the amount of time needed varies according to the individual student’s test-taking style.
Students are allowed to retake placement exams with the following stipulations:
- A $20 fee per test will be assessed for each subsequent attempt.
- Students may repeat each placement test only once a semester.