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What is the Accuplacer?

Accuplacer is a nationally recognized placement test used to measure your skills in Reading, English and Math. Your test results will tell you whether you may enroll in College level courses, such as English Composition I or College Algebra, or whether you need to complete one or two semesters of preparatory course work to develop additional skills before enrolling in the College level courses.

Could I be exempt from testing?

Students exempt from testing include those who:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Have earned a transfer-oriented associate degree (i.e. AA or AS; excludes AGS and AAS)
  • Have successfully completed ENG 121 and/or MAT 121 (with a grade of C or better)
  • Colorado accepts three assessment instruments for determining if the student is college-ready in mathematics, writing and reading:
    Skill Area  ACT Subscore  SAT Subscore  Accuplacer Score 
    Mathematics  Math       19 (varies)   Math     460  Elementary Algebra   85
    Writing English    18   Verbal   440  Sentence Skills         95
    Reading Reading   17   Verbal   430  Reading Comp          80
  • The student has successfully completed (earned a grade of C or higher) in college-level mathematics or college-level writing course.
  • College-level courses are defined as those courses that apply to the graduation requirements of an academic degree.
  • The student has successfully completed (earned a grade of C or higher) necessary in basic skills course(s), if required, in mathematics, writing and reading.

How much does the Accuplacer cost?

There is a $15 fee for taking the complete Accuplacer test. If the entire test is not needed, there is a $5 dollar fee per subject test area (reading, writing, math). After the initial test has been paid for and taken, a student can retest two additional times for free during the testing semester.


How do I schedule a test?

To schedule a time to take the Accuplacer test, please call 970.521.6663.  Accuplacer testing is provided in the Counseling and Advising office.

What do I need to bring with me?

A picture ID must be presented before any student will be allowed to take the Accuplacer test. 

How often may I take the Accuplacer test?

A student is only permitted to test three times for placement in any given semester. A student will not be allowed to take the test more than one time in a day. Testing for one semester may occur in the previous semester (ie testing in the summer for placement in the fall. This will count as a testing opportunity for the fall semester). The cut-off testing deadline for placement during a current semester is the latest withdraw date for classes during that term.

What courses will I enroll in after I get my test results?

Course descriptions for each of the courses listed in the Prereq Information are available in the NJC College Catalog.

View Prerequisite information here. 

Academic Success Courses

AAA 109 Advanced Academic Achievement
Students will examine theories and practices associated with successful learning and adopt those that enhance their college success. Critical areas for study include education and career planning, effective communication, personal management, critical and creative thinking, development of community, awareness of diversity, leadership and techniques for successful academic performance. This course is recommended for new and returning students.

Accuplacer Testing