Study Guides

Study Guides


Please take time to review before you take your assessments.

Links to review websites are provided as a courtesy for your use. They were not created, nor are they maintained, by Cosumnes River College. Please note that links on this page open new windows in your Internet browser.

PREPARING for the ACCUPLACER© English, Math and ESL Assessment Tests

Before taking the ACCUPLACER© English, Math and ESL Assessment tests, you should strongly consider reviewing your English and Mathematical knowledge.  Even a few hours of review could boost your score and place you into a higher level class.  In turn, this could save you hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours of class time and studying.  Keep in mind that you are only permitted to take the test TWICE. 

The FREE resources listed below provide a variety of options – choose the ones that work for you and put in as much time as you can before taking the test!

What is on an ACCUPLACER© Test?

ACCUPLACER© tests use a multiple-choice format. 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.


The Arithmetic test, comprised of 17 questions, measures your ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts. There are three types of Arithmetic questions:

Operations with whole numbers and fractions: topics included in this category are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, recognizing equivalent fractions and mixed numbers, and estimating.

Operations with decimals and percents: topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals. Percent problems, recognition of decimals, fraction and percent equivalencies, and problems involving estimation are also given.

Applications and problem solving: topics include rate, percent, and measurement problems, simple geometry problems, and distribution of a quantity into its fractional parts.

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College-Level Math:

The College-Level Math test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are five types of College-Level Math questions:

Algebraic operations: topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.

Solutions of equations and inequalities: topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.

Coordinate geometry: topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.

Applications and other algebra topics: topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions and word problems.

Functions and trigonometry: topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

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Elementary Algebra:

The Elementary Algebra test, comprised of 12 questions, measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts. There are three types of Elementary Algebra questions:

Operations with integers and rational numbers: topics include computation with integers and negative rationales, the use of absolute values, and ordering.

Operations with algebraic expressions: topics include the evaluation of simple formulas and expressions, adding and subtracting monomials and polynomials, multiplying and dividing monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions, and factoring.

Solution of equations, inequalities, word problems: topics include solving linear equations and inequalities, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context, including geometric reasoning and graphing, and the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions.

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Reading Comprehension:

The Reading Comprehension test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and secondary or supporting ideas.

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Sentence Skills:

The Sentence Skills test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your understanding of sentence structure — what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, and others with the relationships between two sentences.

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ESL - Language Use:

The English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Language Use test, comprised of 20 questions, measures a student's proficiency in using correct grammar in English Sentences.

ESL – Listening The English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Listening test, comprised of 20 questions, measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English. Conversations take place in a wide range of locations including lecture halls, grocery stores and libraries.

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ESL - Reading Skills:

The English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Reading Skills test, comprised of 20 questions, measures a student's ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages.

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ESL - Sentence Meaning:

The English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Sentence Meaning test, comprised of 20 questions, measures how well students understand the meaning of sentences in English.

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Other Study/Review Websites:

Khan Academy
( After signing up for a free account, you can either let the website assess what you need to review OR you can choose the topics yourself.  The quizzes and video tutorials cover everything from arithmetic to calculus.

Math TV (This site offers video clips of students and instructors demonstrating many Math topics - some are demonstrated in Spanish. The site is NOT fully ADA compliant, however, and is not sponsored by CRC.)

Remember, assessment for initial course placement at CRC is an important part of your preparation to start college coursework. Once you have been placed into CRC courses via the assessment process, re-testing will NOT be allowed, except under specific circumstances.

If you have questions about testing or re-testing at CRC, please contact:

Maria Aguirre, Assessment SPA or Clarissa Correa, SPA
(916) 691-7332


Where to Find Us

Location: Library Building, L-106C (1st Floor)

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Phone: (916) 691-7332