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Tips for Taking the ACCUPLACER Test

(as Recommended by the College Board)


  1. Take This Test Very Seriously!

    Take your time and do your best work! The computerized reading and math testing is un-timed. The Writing Sample will be timed. You will have 50 minutes to type the best essay you can. The results of your test will determine whether you will first be required to begin with developmental courses prior to enrolling in college level courses. It is very important to know that developmental courses do not carry college credits. Take your time!

  2. Remember to be prepared for testing 10 Minutes early.

    This will enable you to be prepared to begin your test on time.

  3. Relax! Do Not Worry if You Are Not Familiar With Computers.

    You do not need to know anything about computers to take the Accuplacer test.

  4. You Will Need to have an NECC ID Number.

    You must have a NECC ID to take the ACCUPLACER test. If you do not, fill out the required form to receive your NECC ID. You will receive your NECC ID number via email within 24 hours.
    Also, remember to bring a picture ID.

  5. The Following are Prohibited Items and not allowed.

    Any device capable of recording audio, photographic, or video content, or capable of viewing or playing back such content
    Unauthorized testing aids
    Calculators (unless for a prescribed accommodation)
    Test taker provided keyboard, computer, or laptop, unless there is a documented disabling condition that requires the use of a very
    specific device
    Cellular phones, tablets, pagers, smartphones, walkie‐talkies, PDAs, or wireless communication devices
    Dictionaries (standard and/or bilingual), books, pamphlets, or other reference materials
    Digital cameras
    Digital watches, smartwatches, or wristwatch cameras
    Flash/thumb drives or any other portable electronic device
    Food, beverages, or tobacco products
    Listening devices such as radios, media players (with or without headphones), or recorders
    Nonmedical electronic devices
    Paper of any kind (scratch paper must be provided and destroyed by the test center proctor; test takers cannot use or discard their own
    scratch paper)
    Slide rules, protractors, compasses, or rulers
    Weapons, firearms, or other items prohibited by law or test center/campus safety and security policies


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