Prepare for Placement

Math and English/Reading Study Methods

Studying for the exam has proven to improve scores, and therefore lessen the amount of developmental classes you need to take to earn your degree. Here are some tips:

  • Review skills and study for the exam. 
    Studying for the exam has proven to improve scores, and therefore lessen the amount of developmental classes you need to take to earn your degree. Take advantage of the study methods below before you take your exam.
  • Relax and take your time!  
    The computerized portion of the test is not timed. Your score will help you and your advisor determine which courses are most appropriate for your skill level. Once you identify your academic strengths and needs, you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they interfere with your learning.
  • Arrive early so you can find the testing area, bathrooms, etc.
  • You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test.  
  • No food or drink will be allowing in the testing area.
  • Pay careful attention to directions and read carefully.  Be sure to understand exactly what each question requires.

Study Method 1: Accuplacer Practice Questions

Free sample questions and answers are available on the ACCUPLACER website by clicking here.

Study Method 2: Online Study Options

Math

  • Khan Academy Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra: Click here for topics covered are in our current Math 075 course. Mastery of this material may place you into Math 095 or our Math 137/098 embedded course.
     
  • Khan Academy Algebra: Click here for topics covered are in our current Math 095, Math 137, Math 172, and Math 175 courses. Mastery of this material may place you in a college-level math course:
     
  • Khan Academy Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus: Click here for topics covered are currently in our Math 185 and Math 186 courses. Mastery of this material may place you in a Calculus course.

English

Study Method 3: Take free Summer Prep Courses at GCC

These courses are only available if you have taken your placement test already.

Math (for those testing into Math 075)

English/Reading (for those testing into English 043)

  • Prep Course at GCC: July 16 - Aug 1, 2013, T/W/Th 10am -1pm
    Sign up online for a SessionRead the Brochure
    This free 3-week Prep Course provides you with the opportunity to refersh your writing and reading skills.  You will be re-tested after the course and, although not guaranteed, may be able to move to a higher level.

Accuplacer Study iPhone App

Additional Recommended Math Websites

Algebra Help:  http://algebrahelp.com/

The Math Page:  http://themathpage.com/

Purplemath: http://purplemath.com/