Study Guides and Preparation - Placement Center

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Getting Ready for the Accuplacer Placement Tool

Studying will lead to a better performance and more class options. By obtaining a higher placement, you may be able to skip one or more basic math and English classes and get a head start towards your academic goals.

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English Study Resources

Open book.The English computerized placement tool consists of two parts: Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. Each part consists of 20 questions each and is not timed, but may take approximately one hour. Reading Comprehension measures your analytical and comprehensive reading skills and your ability to apply what you have read. The Sentence Skills portion measures your ability to correct sentences by substituting a word or phrase underlined in the sentence. It will also ask you to specifically rewrite sentences without changing the meaning.


  • Take the placement test seriously. Your placement results will determine which classes you are eligible to enroll. Retesting is limited, so do your best the first time.

  • Study and review. Study and review may help improve your placement results, particularly for math and chemistry, subjects for which you may not have recently practiced.

  • Familiarize yourself with the type of questions that are used. Sample questions are available on the links above. Knowing the format of the questions can help you relax and concentrate.

  • Get a good night's sleep and have a light meal or snack before arriving to the placement session. The English and Math computerized placement process may take approximately 2.5 hours. Being tired and/or hungry could hurt your performance in any session. There are morning, afternoon and early evening sessions. Sign up for a session when you are usually most alert.

  • Work carefully. The English and Math computerized placement process is not timed. Read and re-read the questions carefully, and check each answer before submitting it as you cannot go back to a question. This will result in the highest possible course placement.

  • Students will receive their English, Math, and ESL placement results before leaving the Placement Center. For Chemistry, results are usually available online in 1-2 business days via the student's Web Advisor account, under Test Summary.

Math Study Resources

EdReady.New! EdReady ( is a personalized math readiness program. Login and take the diagnostic test to help determine the gaps in your math knowledge. EdReady will create a personalized study path with topic-specific and media-rich learning resources. If you have any questions regarding EdReady, please contact the Placement Center.

Math symbols and numbers surrounding a person's head.Arithmetic

The Arithmetic Test measures your ability to perform basic operations and solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.

Elementary Algebra

The Elementary Algebra Test measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts.

Math equations using algebra.College Level Math

Depending on your progress in the Elementary Algebra Test, you may be required to complete the College Level Math Test. This test measures your ability to perform college-level algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve college-level algebraic concepts.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Study Resources

The ESL placement process includes an essay on an assigned topic, listening comprehension, language use, and reading skills. Students will have 45 minutes to write the essay. The essays are evaluated based on students' ability to focus on the topic, organize and support their ideas, and the effectiveness and correctness of their language. The computerized reading and listening portion is not timed, but may take approximately two hours. Results will be available when students meet with a counselor at the end of the session.

Chemistry Study Resources

The Chemistry Placement Test consists of 44-multiple choice questions and students have 45 minutes to complete it. A periodic table of the elements is provided. This test clears a prerequisite only for Chemistry 101A. In order to enroll in Chemistry 101A, students must complete two course prerequisites: Chemistry 102 and Math 152. For students interested in other Chemistry classes, please refer the Ohlone College Catalog for prerequisites specific to those classes.

The majority of the test deals with topics such as elements and their properties, chemical formulas, concentrations of solutions, gases, oxidation numbers, redox reactions and the concepts of acids and bases.

The best preparation for the test is to review high school algebra and chemistry. Those who wish to prepare for the test and do not have a chemistry text may find helpful one of the test-preparation books for standardized achievement tests in chemistry. These can be obtained in most bookstores.

For clearing the Math 152 prerequisite, refer to the Math Study Resources.

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