# ACCUPLACER EXAM DESCRIPTIONS

This test measures a student's ability to understand what he/she has read. There are four content areas on this test: 1) identifying main ideas, 2) direct statements/secondary ideas, 3) interences, and 4) applications. There are two types of questions: reading a passage followed by a question based on the text. The reading passages (short and long) can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference. The second question type focuses on sentence relationships and presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between the two sentences. For example, the question may ask whether the statement in the second sentence supports the first sentence, contradicts it, or repeats the same information.

This test measures students' understanding of sentence structure. i.e. how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear. There are three content areas measured on this test: 1) recognizing complete sentences, 2) coordination/subordination, and 3) clear sentence logic. There are two types of questions: 1) sentence correction and understanding of sentence structure and 2) construction shift questions. They ask that a sentence be rewritten according to the criteria shown, while maintaining essentially the same meaning as the original sentence.

The Arithmetic test measures students' ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental aritmetic concepts. There are three content areas measured on this test: 1) whole numbers and fractions - include: addition, subtraction, mulitiplcation, division, recognizing equivalent fractions, mixed numbers, and estimating, 2) decimals and percents - include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals; percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and estimating problems are also given 3) applications and problem solving - include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

This test measures a student's ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems in three content areas: 1) integers and rationals which include computations with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering, 2) algebraic expressions includes minimal evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding/subtracting monomials and polynomials, and 3) equations, inequalities and word problems.

This test measures student's ability to solve problems that involve the following six concepts: 1) Algebraic operations which includes simplification of rational algebraic expressions, factoring and expanding polynomials and manipulating roots and exponents, 2) Solutions of equations and inequalities which includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, systems of equations, and other algebraic equations, 3) coordinate geometry which includes questions on plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraix functions, 4) applications and other topics which include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, factorials, and word problems, 5) functions which include questions involving polynomial, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions, and 6) trigonometric functions.

This test reflects Windows 8 Operation system and the Microsoft's Office 2008 suite of applications. The three objectives of this testa are: 1) File Management - Operate effectively within the desktop environment; manage and organize file directories/folders; copy, move and delete files and directories/folders; work with desktop icons and manipulate windows; using the search features, simple editing tools and print; and management facilities available within an operating system, 2) Word Processing - Carry out operations associated with creating, formatting, and finishing a word processing document ready for distribution; create standard tables; use pictures and images within a document; import objects; use mail merge tools, and 3) Information and Communication - Accomplish Web search tasks using a Web browser application and available search engine tools; bookmark search results; print web pages and search reports; send and receive messages; attach documents or files to a message; organize or manage folders or directories within electronic mail software.

This test measures a student's ability to read English. Specifically, it assesses students' comprehension of short passages. The test contains brief passages of 50 words or less and moderate length passages of 50-90 words. Reading passages are drawn from six content areas: 1) Science, 2) History/Social Science, 3) Arts/Humanities, 4) Narrative, and 5) Psychology/Human Relations, 6) Practical Situations. Half of the test contains straightforward comprehension items (paraphrase, locating information, vocabulary on a phrase level, and pronoun reference). The other half assesses inference skills (main idea, fact vs. opinion, cause/effect logic, identifying irrelevant information, author's point of view, and applying the author's logic to another institution).

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