OVERVIEW: The Accuplacer CPT Test is a “Computerized Placement Test” designed to provide you with useful information about your academic skills in Arithmetic, Sentence Skills (English grammar) and Reading Comprehension.
You cannot “pass” or “fail” the CPT, but it is important to do your best so that you and Dixie Tech will have an accurate measure of your academic skills. We HIGHLY encourage you to prepare by reviewing sample questions and brushing up on your skills before the test. Being unprepared may needlessly increase educational costs and time need to complete your coursework. Preparation is always smart!
If you find that you do not place where you would like to on the CPT, Dixie Technical College has options—refresher classes or a self-paced online course option are here to assist you in becoming fully prepared to succeed in your desired course of study. Your success is our common aim.
COMPUTER ADAPTIVE TESTING
The Accuplacer CPT is an “adaptive” test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices. For more info on how the test works, go here
SECTIONS: The Accuplacer CPT has three sections:
1. ARITHMETIC: Basic math, fractions, ratios, percentages, word problems
2. COMPREHENSION: Paragraph structure, critical thinking, comprehension, meaning
3. SENTENCE SKILLS: Parts of speech, grammar, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation
TIME: The CPT test is untimed, but you should allow about 2 hours to complete the three sections. You can retest weekly. You may choose to retest on only one section, if desired.
COST: $15 for all three sections. $10 for single sections (retake only).
Download Entry Level Criteria here
For any other questions, please contact:
Testing Center Coordinator