How should you prepare for a testing experience?
The assessment test is an important test with important results. The following matters should be taken into consideration on the day you come in to test.
Good rest affects all things in life, especially the ability to think clearly and concentrate. Try to make sure you get a good night's rest the day before your appointment to test. Did you just arrive here from a 15 hour flight? Did you just get here from working the graveyard shift? Sometimes situations like these are unavoidable, but it's best to try to schedule yourself for a different time.
Are you sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and/or feverish? A healthy body makes for a healthy mind, so if you are sick then please try to reschedule for a different time. If you are taking the test and start to not feel well, you can halt your session and come back another time within ten days - you will not need to make another appointment.
Your brain will refuse to cooperate properly if you're hungry. You'll want to make sure you've had a relatively fulfilling meal soon before testing. It really will make a difference.
We know that taking a test can be a stressful experience. However, these tests have been designed to help you succeed in college. The placements you earn will help you learn which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once you identify your academic strengths and needs, you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they can interfere with your learning.
FOR THE ACCUPLaCER GENERAL ENGLISH/MATH/READING TEST ONLY
To ensure that test scores accurately represent your skill levels, you may wish to review basic concepts in reading, grammar, arithmetic, trigonometry, and algebra before taking ACCUPLACER, especially if you have been away from school for more than a year. Many students find that SAT Preparation or SAT review materials are helpful in refreshing their basic skills.
The College Board has a Web site with information about their Accuplacer tests. Please keep in mind, however, that this is general information that also includes information about their ESL test and Writeplaceer essay (neither of which are used by the Riverside Community College District.)
The test publisher (The College Board) provides a .pef file with sample questions.