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Students who have applied for admission to CPTC, have a SID, or are planning to attend one of CPTC's College programs can take the Accuplacer for free if they meet with an Entry Services Coordinator first. Full details can be found here.

ACCUPLACER is a tool developed by The College Board to measure writing, reading and math skills. This test is used for placement into academic courses required for certificate and degree programs and as a prerequisite for entrance into select technical programs. The test is not timed and retests can be arranged. ACCUPLACER is user-friendly, and we have practice tests before each session so students can become familiar with the format. The computer selects questions based on questions you've previously answered. Our staff is available to assist as needed. 

Students who would like to take the ACCUPLACER assessment will first need to visit Enrollment Services located in the lobby of Building 17. You will be assigned a student identification number. Picture identification must be presented in order to obtain your test results.

COMPASS test results will remain valid and will be accepted until November 2018

ACCUPLACER Sample Questions


For ACCUPLACER accommodations, contact our Student Disabilities Specialist at 253-589-5767 prior to testing.

What Does ACCUPLACER Measure?

ACCUPLACER tests use a multiple-choice format. There’s no time limit on the tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills.

ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology. Questions are presented based on your individual skill level. Your response to each question drives the difficulty level of the next question. It’s important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.

  • Arithmetic: comprised of 17 questions, measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts.
  • College-Level Math: comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts.
  • Elementary Algebra: comprised of 12 questions, measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts.
  • Reading Comprehension: comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences.

What Is Included in ACCUPLACER?

  • Student Educational Plan: collects student data, status, goals and services requested.
  • Arithmetic, Reading and Math Skills Tests: all are multiple-choice. You cannot use reference guides or your own calculator.
  • Algebra Test: all multiple-choice. You cannot use your own calculator.
  • Diagnostic Tests: these tests are used to identify possible specific skill deficiency.

How are ACCUPLACER scores used?

ACCUPLACER scores indicate strengths and can identify problems in academic areas before they disrupt the educational process. Advisors meet with students after testing to determine their next step, as research shows that students placed at the proper start point have a higher success rate. If skill building is necessary, students are given the necessary information on resources and services to prepare for their technical program at Clover Park Technical College. Admissions and registration are available for those who are ready to start programs.

View the placement measures here.

Is It Necessary to take the ACCUPLACER test?

Potential students must take ACCUPLACER before entering most technical programs. If you have taken a College placement assessment at another College submit the official scores to Enrollment Services.

Can I Fail the ACCUPLACER Test?

No. ACCUPLACER is used as an advising tool. Some technical programs have established cut-off scores for enrollment; refer to the catalog for these programs.

In order to receive Financial Aid you must have a High School Diploma or a High School Equivalency.

Tips for Taking ACCUPLACER

Relax! The ACCUPLACER test process is designed to help you succeed. Your score helps you and the advising staff determine which program is most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once your academic strengths and weaknesses are identified, help is available should you need to improve any skills before they can interfere with your learning.

Rest and eat properly prior to the test. Arrive early to find parking, the cashier, Testing Center (Building 17, Room 250), bathrooms, seating, and to gather your thoughts before the test begins.

Ask questions to clarify any information or directions before the test session begins.

The test is not timed. However, it could take approximately two hours to complete. Please do not bring or leave children unattended on the College campus during the testing process.

Read each question carefully until you understand what the question is asking. If answering any item requires several steps, be sure you consider all of them.

Be sure to answer every item. There is no penalty if you must guess. Your score will provide more useful placement information if you answer every item. Do not be afraid to change an answer if you believe that your first choice was wrong.

If you have a problem or question during the test, ask the examiner or proctor for assistance. She/he cannot help you with specific test information, but can help you with problems related to computer use.

Cheating will not be tolerated. If suspected, the testing session will be terminated. Penalties may include, but are not limited to: cancelation of scores and an imposed waiting period before retesting.

No dictionaries or study aids are allowed during testing. Scratch paper will be available for your use.  Scratch paper will be picked up at the end of the testing session.

You may exit the test session if you are unable to complete your work. You may return on another day to complete your test.



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