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Writing and Math Accuplacer Test

Purpose

The Accuplacer brand Math Placement test is used by the University of Utah to identify the proper level of Math class for which a student should register. It also allows the professors to have a clear record of student achievement in mathematics, before entering a mathematics class at the university.

Schedule

At the orientation, new freshmen will take the math accuplacer test.  

Retakes

Candidates must wait one complete week before retaking the Math Placement test. Please set up an advising appointment to discuss retakes.

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Materials to Bring

  • Pencil
  • U ID or other picture ID (e.g. driver’s license, school I.D. card, passport, etc.) is required for admittance to the test

Remember to be on time!

Timing

The Accuplacer is not timed by the online program. You are allowed to use maximum of two hours to finish the exam.

Identification

Photo Identification (drivers license, school I.D. card, passport, etc.) is required for admittance to the test. 

Calculators

Calculators are not permitted.

Structure

The Accuplacer is a computer-based test, and this allows it to be adaptive to your particular skill level.  For example, if you do well on the first questions, it may skip questions that may be too easy for you, and move directly on to a more difficult type of question.  Thus, as part of the testing process, you may advance through three different tests:

  • Arithmetic (AR)
  • Elementary Algebra (EA)
  • College Level Math (CLM)

Scores

The score requirements for placement into a particular Math class are determined by the Math Department and are published in their Math Placement Guide:  http://www.math.utah.edu/ugrad/mathplacementguide.pdf

Print-outs

A score report print-out will be available immediately after taking the test.  However, the scores themselves are generally only uploaded into the University's system by the Admissions Office by the next business day.

Preparation

The Math Placement Test primarily covers Algebra, with a little Trigonometry. The following links, for example, lead to free practice tests and other study materials:

University of Utah Math Department - Online Lectures and Notes
www.math.utah.edu/lectures
Khan Academy
www.khanacademy.org


FAQ about Accuplacer

A score report print-out will be available immediately after taking the test. At the end of the test, you will get a copy of your results.

On the main campus, you would take what you are placed into, according to the Accuplacer test. However, at UAC, you will automatically be placed into Math 1030, even if your score is below that threshold.

Generally, No. The Accuplacer exam is a requirement for all students. However, there are certain exceptions which are outlined below if you click on the "Waived."


 

Last Updated: 9/9/20