Accuplacer Testing - Outside Nevada
If you do not have the opportunity to take Accuplacer in Reno, Las Vegas or at any of the other colleges in Nevada, you can take it at a local college or university outside Nevada.
Unfortunately, CollegeBoard does not provide a list of institutions or testing sites that give Accuplacer. Additionally, neither the Math/Stats Department nor the Math Center has this information. Students and parents should call surrounding colleges and universities to ask if they offer Accuplacer testing.
*Please note that students will have to abide by any and all policies/fees set by the other institutions.
Important Additional Information:
Unlike the ACT and SAT, Accuplacer is NOT "standard" from school to school.
There are a number of variables and settings that each institution can change and individualize to suit the needs of their curriculum. While this is an advantage for the school it can cause issues when students try to take Accuplacer at another site.
Accuplacer gives three different math tests. These tests are successive and your score on the previous exam determines whether or not you are allowed to take the next exam.
UNR uses two of these exams: the Elementary Algebra (EA) and the College Level Math (CLM). How well students do on the EA determines whether or not they get to take CLM.
UNR's cutoff score for the EA is 80. For example, if you score a 78 you will not be prompted to take the CLM. If you score 89, you will be prompted to continue on to the CLM.
Issues arise when students take Accuplacer at an institution where the cutoff score for the EA is different.
Let's say that Jane is trying to place into Math 127. She needs to score at least an 80 on the EA and at least an 84 on the CLM.
She goes to CollegeA to take Accuplacer where the cutoff score for the EA is 75. She takes the test and scores 77 on the EA and 85 on the CLM. Unfortunately, when the scores are submitted to UNR, she will not be allowed to enroll in Math 127 because she didn't score high enough on the EA.
Another scenario is this: Jane takes Accuplacer at CollegeB where the cutoff score for the EA is 100. She takes the test and scores a 95 on the EA. Since she didn't make that 100 mark, Jane isn't allowed to proceed on to the CLM as she would have been allowed at UNR.
What can you do?
We highly encourage all students to take Accuplacer at UNR or at our Southern Nevada Office in Las Vegas. This will guarantee all the correct policies and cutoff scores are in place. Accuplacer can be taken at UNR up until the second week of classes.
Parents and students are often anxious about placing into a math class early in order to register as soon as possible. Most are concerned that classes will fill up and there won't be an open spot in the class that is needed. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics makes every effort to ensure that all students are able to get into the classes they need, and we are generally successful.