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Why do I need to take the Accuplacer?

Option 1: Math Proficiency

Math proficiency is a General Education (GE) graduation requirement that everyone has to meet. 

There are 4 ways to meet this requirement:

  1. A Math SAT score of 570 or higher
  2.  A Math ACT score of 21 or higher
  3. Taking a math course for college credit or AP credit (official transcripts are required)
  4. Taking the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QRAS) Accuplacer and scoring a 250 or higher

If you do not meet options 1,2, or 3, you'll need to take the QRAS Accuplacer.

Option 2: Pre-Requisite for a Class

Your major might require a course that has a math pre-requisite. For example, to take Calculus, you'd need either an SAT Math score of 710 or higher, an ACT Math score of 28 or higher, or a 300 on the Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) Accuplacer.

Below is a list of non-math courses that have a math score for a pre-requisite. *Note: This does not include courses that have a math class as a pre-requisite. To see all courses, their descriptions, and prerequisites, click here.

Course Code Course Title
BSNS2330 Business Statistics
CHEM2210 General Chemistry I
CHEM2230 General Chemistry for Engineering Students
COMP1220 Intro to Computer Science

NOTE: If you've met the GE requirement but have been told you still need to take an Accuplacer, it could be because of a course you need for your major. For example, if you're an Engineering major, you may have met the GE requirement by having an SAT of 580, but that score isn't high enough to get you into College Algebra or Calculus I. 

Do I need to take the QRAS or the AAF?

Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) Accuplacer

Three courses have the AAF Accuplacer listed as a pre-requisite option. Listed below are the courses and their minimum score needed.

  1. College Algebra (can also take the QRAS): 265
  2. Trigonometry: 285
  3. Calculus I: 300

Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Functions (QRAS) Accuplacer

Seven courses have the QRAS Accuplacer listed as a pre-requisite option. Listed below are the courses and their minimum score needed.

  1. College Algebra: 265
  2. Fundamental of Math Structures: 250
  3. Elementary Statistics: 250
  4. Business Statistics: 250
  5. General Chemistry 1: 250
  6. General Chemistry for Engineering Students: 250
  7. Intro to Computer Science: 265

**Reminder: You might not need one of the above courses for your major. However, if you haven't met the GE requirement, you'll need to take the QRAS.

If you don't think your major requires any of these courses, please feel free to reach out to me at jenniferking@nnu.edu. I'd be happy to take a look at your major to find which course is needing a math pre-requisite.  

What is on the Accuplacer?

Both tests are untimed, with 20 multiple-choice questions that allow us to measure your math skills. These tests are computer-adaptive, meaning the level of difficulty changes based on the responses provided, and are scored on a scale from 200 to 300. It costs $10 dollars to take the test.

QRAS Info- You'll want to be prepared to be tested on high school-level math (up to Algebra 2).  

Here is a list of topics College Board lists as knowledge and skills addressed on the QRAS:

  • Rational Numbers
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Probability Sets
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Geometry Concepts

AAF Info- You'll want to be prepared to be tested on content that can be found in most Pre-Calculus courses. 

Here is a list of topics College Board lists as knowledge and skills addressed on the AAF:

  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Factoring
  • Quadratics
  • Functions
  • Radical and Rational Equations
  • Polynomial Equations
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
  • Trigonometry

Study Resources

QRAS Study Resources

Here is a list of some websites that have QRAS practice tests:

Accuplacer Practice Test- Official practice test from College Board. 

Mometrix Practice Test- Has a lot of helpful info about what to expect on the Accuplacer.

Union Test Prep Practice Test

Passemall Practice Test

AAF Study Resources

Here is a list of some websites that have AAF practice tests:

Accuplacer Practice Test - Official practice test from College Board. 

Mometrix Practice Test - Has a lot of helpful info about what to expect on the Accuplacer.

Union Test Prep Practice Test

Passemall Practice Test

 

Not Sure You'll Pass?

It's not uncommon for students to feel like they won't pass the test. However, I recommend taking it at least once to get an idea of where your skills are at. Many times, students are surprised at how well they do. If you don't pass the test or you feel certain you won't pass, you can sign up to take MATH0900- Essential Math. This is offered in person and online. I teach the in-person version, and our goal in that course is to pass the QRAS Accuplacer. We spend the whole time preparing for the Accuplacer and take it many times throughout the semester. Once you pass the test, you no longer have to attend class, and you'll still receive the 3 credits for the course. 

This is a great option if you struggled with Math in high school or if it has been a while since you've taken a math course. Please feel free to email me, jenniferking@nnu.edu, if this is something you want to do and we can try and make sure it is on your next semester schedule. 

Scheduling an Accuplacer

Here are the steps to schedule a time to take the Accuplacer.

  1. Go to rosasandoval.youcanbook.me and pick a time that works with our testing coordinator, Rosa Sandoval. 
  2. For the question that says, "What can I help you with?" put which Accuplacer you'd like to take (QRAS or AAF) and whether you want to take it in-person or remotely.
  3. On the day of your test, make sure to bring a photo ID (a student ID card will work) and be prepared to pay $10 (cash and card accepted)
  4. If you're taking it in person, you'll come to the CASA office, which is located in the Learning Commons on the 1st floor. We have a giant sliding glass door and can be found across from the first-floor study rooms under a sign that says "Center for Academic Success and Advising." 
  5. If you're taking it online, you'll receive an email with more instructions.
  6. You will receive your Accuplacer score as soon as the test is finished. 

You do not need to bring anything. We will provide a pencil and scratch paper, and the test offers an online calculator for certain questions.