ACCUPLACER tests your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Over 1,500 institutions administer ACCUPLACER tests as part of the enrollment process. These tests help identify your strengths and needs in each subject area. ACCUPLACER interactive online learning tools are available to help you sharpen your skills. The academic advisers and counselors at your college or technical school will use your ACCUPLACER test results along with information about your academic background, goals, and interests to help you take courses that match your skill level and give you the best opportunities for success.

The NJ DOE has identified Accuplacer as one of several assessment instruments for students to meet the High School testing requirement - Proficiency scores are:

Language Arts: Accuplacer Write Placer >= 6
Mathematics: Accuplacer Elementary Algebra >= 76

WritePlacer® This test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score will be based on your ability to express, organize and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

• Focus — The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view

• Organization — The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas

• Development and Support — The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details

• Sentence Structure — The effectiveness of your sentence structure

• Mechanical Conventions — The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

WritePlacer Sample Topic Prepare a multiple-paragraph writing sample of about 300–600 words on the topic below. You should use the time available to plan, write, review and edit what you have written. Read the assignment carefully before you begin to write.

Some schools require each student to participate in an organized school sport chosen by the student. People at these schools argue that athletics is an important part of the educational experience and that there should be a rule requiring participation. Others argue that students should be free to decide whether or not they wish to participate in organized school sports. Write an essay for a classroom instructor in which you take a position on whether participation in organized school athletics should be required. Be sure to defend your position with logical arguments and appropriate examples. Your essay must be 300–600 words in length.

Holistic Scoring Rubric

Elementary Algebra A total of 12 questions of three types are administered in this test.

The first type involves operations with integers and rational numbers, and includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.

• The second type involves operations with algebraic expressions using evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, and adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials. Questions involve multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.

• The third type of question involves translating written phrases into algebraic expressions and solving equations, inequalities, word problems, linear equations and inequalities, quadratic equations (by factoring), and verbal problems presented in an algebraic context.

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(Note: if preparing for graduation requirement you need to work on assignments in the "Elementary Algebra" folder)
(if preparing for an entrance exam you should review both "Elementary Algebra and Arithmetic")

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Video Tutorials for Elementary Algebra Accuplacer

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F03NI6J4zqM
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkR6CWPfO8s
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvsiR3QvU2A

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