Placement exam practice

The actual placement exam is multiple choice and a calculator is allowed only on select portions of the first part. Be sure to practice without one.

Placement is determined using a combination of your scores from each part you take. Below are general guidelines for placement levels, however, you may take higher level sections than your placement goal, for further placement opportunities.

Mathematics placement chart

Please see the course placement table for restrictions on placement.

Practice for the exam

The placement exam begins with a subtest called Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QRAS). All students, regardless of what course they are attempting to place into, will start with this subtest. It is designed to give initial placement into Level 2.

Practice for QRAS subtest (PDF)

All students, regardless of what course they are attempting to place into, must take this subtest of the exam.

Practice for arithmetic subtest (PDF)

Use this if you would like to practice your arithmetic skills.

If you would like to experience a sample of what the exam is like, use the free Accuplacer practice app. Only use the app tests for the Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QRAS) and the arithmetic test (if you would like to practice your arithmetic).

The following are practice materials for parts B and C of the exam.

Practice for placement exam, Part B (PDF)

This subtest covers college algebra and is for placing into Level 3.  

Students must score sufficiently high in the QRAS and part B subtests before taking subtest C, but taking C will either place you into MAT 1800 or MAT 2010 depending on your combined scores for the QRAS, B and C.

Additional practice for part B is available by working previous MAT 1050 final exams.

Practice for placement exam, Part C (PDF)

This subtest covers pre-calculus and is for placing into Level 4.

Additional practice for part C is available by working previous MAT 1800 final exams.

Do you need extra help?

Students should review thoroughly before taking the placement exam. The Mathematics Resource Center, located in room 1198 FAB, is available for assistance. The Academic Success Center also offers tutoring and math literacy services.

Students may visit Advising Works to schedule an appointment with a Department of Mathematics academic advisor to discuss their placement situation.