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Accuplacer Info & FAQs

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What is the cost? How do I pay for the Accuplacer placement test?

Each take costs $10.  To pay for the Accuplacer test, please visit MyNEVADA.  Accuplacer will be listed under "purchase items".   

If you are taking the test the next day or later, MyNEVADA will email you a receipt of the transaction that evening.  Students need to bring this receipt to the Math Center when they come in to take the test. 

If you are taking the test the same day, either print a screen shot of your transaction or show the reference number to the front desk. 

How many times can I take the Accuplacer placement test?

Students can take the Accuplacer placement test up to three times. They must wait 48 hours between successive takes and each take costs $10.  

When can I take Accuplacer?

Accuplacer is NOT available year round.  Typically, we offer testing the week prior to early registration until the final day to add classes. 

For Summer/Fall semesters, testing usually goes from the last week of March until the first week of September.  For Spring semesters, testing lasts from the first week of November until the last week of January.

You do not need an appointment to take Accuplacer, but students need to arrive 90 minutes before closing to allow adequate time for testing.  Please check our schedule for dates and times that the lab is open. 

How does Accuplacer work?

Accuplacer is an adaptive test. Questions are chosen based on how students answered previous questions. This technique selects the appropriate questions for the students' ability level. Because the test works this way, students must answer every question when it is first given. The test is not timed so students are encouraged to take as much time as they need. They can change an answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but they cannot leave a question blank or come back to it later to change an answer.

Is there more than one kind of test?

Yes. Accuplacer offers multiple placement tests for different disciplines. UNR uses two tests for math placement -Elementary Algebra (EA) and College Level Math (CLM).

Students at UNR are first given the Elementary Algebra test; if they score high enough, Accuplacer will automatically lead them into the College Level Math test. (The CLM portion is considered part of the same "take" as the EA test; students are not charged another test fee if they do well enough to continue onto the CLM test.)

Some math/stat courses require scores from both tests.

How can I prepare for Accuplacer?

Accuplacer does not offer practice tests at this time.  Instead they offer a study app for the iPhone and have Web-Based platform as well.  

Additionally, other institutions have developed their own practice tests.

Please note that listing a web site does not serve as an endorsement of the site.

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