Test-Taking Tips

Tips for Taking the College Placement Test

  • Relax! The College Placement Test was designed to help you succeed in school. Your score helps you and your advisor determine which courses are most appropriate for your current level of knowledge and skills. Once you identify your academic strengths and needs you can get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills before they can interfere with your learning.
  • The two sections of the exam should take approximately an hour and a half total to complete.
  • You will be able to concentrate better on the test if you get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test. You should also arrive a few minutes early so you can find the testing area, bathrooms, etc., and gather your thoughts before the test begins.
  • Pay careful attention to directions and be sure you understand the directions before you begin each test.
  • You should understand that portions of this assessment are adaptive. 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 cannot omit any question or come back to change an answer. You may change your answer on a particular question, but you must do so before continuing on to the next question. If you do not, the answer is accepted and you cannot return to the question.
  • If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick one of the remaining choices.