About the Assessment

The College Board developed the ACCUPLACER Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs), with the help of committees of college faculty, to provide information about your level of skill accomplishment in Reading, English and Mathematics. Your college may use the scores you receive and other information that you provide to help determine the English, Mathematics, and reading courses most appropriate for you at this time.

The tests cover several skill areas including reading, English, arithmetic, elementary algebra, and college-level mathematics.

How do scores get reported?

When you have completed the tests, you may see a report of your scores on the screen and you may receive a printed report of your scores. When you have completed the testing follow the instructions of the Test Administrator. Your scores can only be obtained through your college.

You can find out more about how to interpret your scores in the section on "Interpreting Your scores" in this guide.

It is important that you answer each question to the best of your ability. Scores will be used in part to determine course placement. Failure to do your very best may result in course placements that are too low for your current skill level.

Who must take the test?

All new students entering Crafton Hills College who intend to complete a program of study at the college must be assessed for placement in English, mathematics, and reading prior to enrollment. Exceptions will be made for those who have:

  • Completed an Associate of Arts or Sciences degree or higher.
  • Completed 30 or more semester units of college work at another college or university.
  • Completed prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better. If the student has not completed prerequisite courses in both mathematics and English, he or she must take the assessment in the area not met
  • Scored 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Test (College Board) in English and/or mathematics.
  • Are only enrolling in courses at Crafton Hills College to maintain certificate or license requirements.
  • Are only enrolling in 6 units or less of courses for personal enrichment (e.g., PE, Music, Art) up to a cumulative total of 12 units (once you have reached 12 units of course work you will be required to participate in the assessment process).
  • Taken a placement exam at one of the other Region 9 community colleges or you have taken the Accuplacer Assessment Test at another college in the last two years and you provide scores and placement recommendations from the other college.

For questions, please call 909-389-3361 or email

When and where are the tests given?

WALK-INs ONLY. No appointment is needed. Allow 1 1/2-2 hours. Testing is in the Counseling Center, SSB-201. Closest parking is in Lot C or Lot B. A parking decal is required and must be purchased in Parking Lot D for one dollar.

Call Assessment Center for testing times.

Assessment questions: 909-389-3361 or email

Are there any fees for ACCUPLACER?

There is no fee for taking this test.

Can special arrangements be made for students with disabilities?

If you have a disability or temporarily disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, inform the Test Administrator before taking the test. These requests should be made directly to the Test Administrator at your college. No additional charge should be made for these special arrangements. You may contact Disabled Students Programs and Services at, 909-389-3325.

What do I take with me to the tests?

On the day of the test, you must bring your CHC student ID number to the testing center. If you forget or lost this number, you may obtain this number from Admissions and Records.

When you arrive to take the assessment, the Test Administrator will ask you to provide identification. You will then be seated to take the assessment on a computer.

What are the testing regulations?

Before taking the tests you will be asked to confirm that you have read the testing regulations and that you agree to comply with them. A copy of the regulations is included with this Student Guide.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Your test scores and the information you provide when taking the tests will only be provided to The College Board, to the college at which you are taking the tests or at which you are enrolled, and to the state to meet state information requirements. The information may be used for counseling, advisement and placement purposes and may be used to document whether or not you have met state testing requirements. It may also be used by The College Board for research and training purposes. Your test information will not be disclosed for any other purpose without your permission. If you have any questions about confidentiality, please see your Test Administrator.

I need a tutorial using a computer.

If you are not comfortable using a computer keyboard or mouse, you may want to take the tutorial available on the Internet at Ask a friend or advisor to help you. If you do not have access to a computer, find out if there is a computer available on campus with Internet connections available for your use.

How will the test be administered?

You will take the tests using a computer. You will use either the keyboard or the mouse to enter your answers and supply other information. A Test Administrator will always be present should you have any questions or problems. The Test Administrator has the ability to resolve any difficulties that may occur.

How many questions will there be on the test?

Because you take the ACCUPLACER tests on a computer, you do not have to answer as many questions as on traditional paper-and-pencil tests. The number of questions on the eight tests range from 12-20. The questions appear one at a time on the computer screen. Most questions are multiple choice, and all you will need to do is use the Enter key or mouse to select an answer. When you have completed the question and confirmed your answer, a new screen will appear with your next question.

What is adaptive testing?

Each test is adaptive. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. This technique selects just the right questions to ask without being too easy or too difficult.

What are the testing rules?

Each test is untimed so that you can give each question as much thought as you wish. However, once you have selected and confirmed your answer, you cannot return to that question.

What background information will I be asked to provide?

You will be asked to enter some background information such as Social Security number, name and address. You will also be asked to confirm that you agree to follow the testing rules and conditions for the ACCUPLACER program. This page is illustrated below.

What is the test format?

ACCUPLACER OnLine presents one question at a time. Each page presents the question and several possible answer choices. The page may also include additional information that is needed to answer the question such as a reading passage, picture or table of information.

How will I choose answers?

To select an answer, use the mouse to move the arrow pointer to the circle button next to the answer you wish to choose and click on the button. The circle will then be filled, indicating that this is the answer you have chosen. Click on the next button to move on. A box will come up on the screen asking you to confirm your answer or giving you the opportunity to cancel and go back and choose a different answer. If you wish to confirm, simply click on OK. If you want to cancel and go back and choose a different answer click on cancel and select a new answer.

You can also use the keyboard to select an answer. Using the tab button, highlight the answer you wish to select and press the Enter key. A box will come up on the screen asking you to confirm your answer or giving you the opportunity to cancel and go back to choose a different answer. If you wish to confirm, simply press enter, if you want to cancel and go back and choose another answer press the tab button once then press Enter.

If I don't know an answer what should I do?

ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. Once you go on to the next question, you cannot return to the question.

If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more or the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices.

What happens when the test is over?

At the end of the test, you will either see a page indicating that you have completed all the testing or one indicating the test that you have just completed followed by the next test you will take.


Do I have to take the assessment?

Visit the Counseling Office for information on exemptions.