Accuplacer Test Prep

ACCUPLACER Placement Testing at SC4

Students enrolling at St. Clair County Community College (SC4) are required to complete placement tests at the college or submit prior test scores before registering for English and math classes.  SC4's placement test is called ACCUPLACER.  Because Blue Water Middle College students enroll before they have taken the SAT, they will likely need to take the ACCUPLACER to place into ENG 101 or MTH 104 or higher.

Preparing for the ACCUPLACER

Like any test, the more you know about it the better you are likely to do.  New middle college students and students who are retaking one of the ACCUPLACER tests should spend time learning about each test and trying the practice items before taking the tests.

ACCUPLACER

The two ACCUPLACER tests students will take are Math and WritePlacer Essay.

Note:  Students will not take the ACCUPLACER "Writing" test, which is multiple choice.  So, do not spend time practicing for the Writing test.  "WritePlacer Essay" is different than the "Writing" test.

Here is a link to the ACCUPLACER practice page for students:  https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer/practice.

Practice for Accuplacer - This page includes a link to the ACCUPLACER practice app.  This is a great resource provided by College Board.  College Board is the organization that writes and scores the ACCUPLACER tests, as well as the SAT and PSAT.  If you do not already have a free College Board account, you will need to create one to access the practice resources.  Many of our new students may have a College Board account that was created if you took the PSAT exam.

The Student Practice page also provides free ACCUPLACER sample questions.  You will see links to PDF documents that include the sample questions, the correct answer for each and a detailed explanation of why it is the correct answer.  If nothing else, you should look at each Sample Question document and give them a try.

Note:  The Sample Questions documents you should view are: 

Arithmetic Sample Questions
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics Sample Questions*
Next Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions Sample Questions*
WritePlacer Guide with Sample Essays

The other sample question documents you see listed are not tested at SC4.

* Note re math tests:  Do not worry if you find the sample questions in the 2nd and 3rd math documents difficult.  Focus more practice and learning time on the Arithmetic sample questions.  Doing well on that test can place you in a good spot at SC4.

Test taking tips:

1.  Take your time.  The tests are not timed.  Do not rush through them.
2.  Stay focused, but do not get stressed.  You can retake these tests, and your SAT scores in the spring of 2021 can also be used for course placement at SC4.

Scheduling to take the ACCUPLACER:

The ACCUPLACER tests are given in SC4's Testing Center.  You must call the Testing Center ahead of time to schedule your test(s).  The phone number is 810-989-5555.  If no one answers, leave a clear voicemail with your name, a return number they can call and what test(s) you want to take.

Here is a link to SC4's Testing Center webpage: http://sc4.edu/testing.  You will find their days and hours for testing listed on that page.

Using your SAT scores for placement:

If you have taken the SAT exam, your English score can be used to place you into ENG 101, and your mathematics score can be used to place you into a math course at SC4.

SC4 must have your SAT scores in their system for them to be used for course placement.  The middle college tries to get your SAT scores transferred to SC4, but because of SAT testing in the fall (2021) due to Covid, that process has been delayed.  Students can print a copy of their score report from the College Board website and take that to the SC4 Welcome Center.  The scores will then be entered into SC4's system.

You can view what scores SC4 has for you by going to the "Test Summary" section of your SC4 Service Center.  Placement charts for the ACCUPLACER and SAT scores are linked to below.

Placement charts:

Use the following placement charts to see where your ACCUPLACER and/or SAT scores place you.

ACCUPLACER placement chart
SAT placement chart

https://tinyurl.com/BWMCAccuplacer