ACCUPLACER Basic Skills Assessment


The ACCUPLACER is an assessment tool developed by the College Board and is administered to all new students enrolling in a degree or certificate program in order to assess their academic skills in mathematics, English and reading. The results are used by advisors and counselors to assist with course selection and academic advising. You cannot “pass” or “fail”, but it is very important that you do your very best so that ACC will have an accurate measure of your current academic skills. This is not an admissions test. The assessment is untimed. On average, it takes approximately one and-a-half to two hours, so plan accordingly. It is important that students arrive on time for the assessment.


Every student knows that studying reduces the anxiety and pressure associated with exam-taking. As with any test, Accuplacer results are strongly and positively related with the amount of quality studying done before taking the test. The following hyperlinked websites and study guides will provide you with both a better understanding of, and an opportunity to practice, the skills on which the ACCUPLACER will test you.

Who needs to take the ACCUPLACER?

You are exempt from the ACCUPLACER assessment if:

  • You are a transfer student who has earned a “C” or better in an English Composition and/or college-level mathematics course;
  • You have either an SAT Critical Reading or Writing score of 450 or higher, and/or an SAT Mathematics score of 500 or higher; or
  • You have an ACT English score of 21 or higher, or a composite score of 47 or higher on the ACT English and Reading test, or an ACT Math score of 18-21.

You must take the ACCUPLACER assessment if:

  • You are a new student enrolling in an ACC degree or certificate program;
  • You plan to register for a course with an English or math prerequisite;
  • You are a transfer student who has not earned a “C” or better in an English Composition and/or college-level mathematics course;
  • You are a non-degree student seeking to enroll in an English or math course; or
  • You elect to take a developmental course (to ensure proper placement).

Any student who has a physical or learning disability, or other limitation necessitating special assistance and/or facilities for the ACCUPLACER assessment, should contact the Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Katie Kelley, at (860) 253-3011.

When and where can students take the ACCUPLACER?

Call our office at (860) 253-3010 to reserve your seat at one of the following times:


  • Thursday, November 19th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 24th at 2:00 p.m. (Room 212)


  • Tuesday, December 1st at 2:00 p.m. (Room 212)
  • Saturday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, December 10th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 15th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 17th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 22nd at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 29th at 2:00 p.m.


  • Tuesday, January 5th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 7th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 9th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 12th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 14th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 19th at 2:00 p.m.

The ACCUPLACER test sessions start promptly in Room 133A unless noted otherwise.  Also, please note the ACCUPLACER is an untimed assessment.

IMPORTANT: Students must bring their Banner Student ID number and a photo ID to the assessment.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:
A current driver’s license
A state-approved ID
A high school ID
A college ID
A current state or federal ID card
A current passport
A tribal ID card
A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship