Preparing for Your Placement Tests - English

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English Placement Test Preparation

⇒ Download the Accuplacer Sample Questions for Students (English: Pages 1-7).

⇒ Be Prepared: Understand the Test Format

  • You will be asked to complete three pre-test questions:
    1. What is the highest English course you completed in high school? If you are currently enrolled in high school, this would typically be the 11th grade or earlier.
    2. What grade did you receive in the last English course that you completed in high school?
    3. What was your unweighted high school GPA (grade point average)? Please enter the value between 0.00 and 4.00: _ . _ _

    If you need help with answering the above questions, contact the Testing & Assessment Center at or via phone at 650-949-7743.

  • The English Placement Test is comprised the following:
    • Sentence Skills
    • Reading Comprehension
    • WritePlacer (optional essay for those who test high enough on Sentence Skills and Reading Comprehension who wish to try to qualify for ENGL 1AH)

⇒ Highly Recommended: Sumbit your OFFICIAL high school transcript to Admissions & Records for more accurate placement.

    • By bringing in an official copy of your school school transcript, the college can evaluate for future course placement, IGETC Certification, and other important college processes.
    • Contact your high school administrative office to obtain an official copy of your high school transcript today.
Reviewing Concepts on Your Placement Test

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. Other questions refer to reading passages of varying lengths.
Sample Questions

Sentence Skills
Two kinds of questions are given in this test. Sentence correction questions ask you to choose a word or a phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. Construction shift questions ask that a sentence be rewritten in a specific way without changing the meaning. A broad variety of topics are included here. You will be presented a total of 20 questions.
Sample Questions

General Review
Visit Accuplacer site to access the free online study application. Another great review option is Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a free online resource that provides general review on a variety of topics, including those covered on all of our placement tests.

Next Steps: Scheduling Your Appointment

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