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Ace Placement Tests and Study for the ACCUPLACER (Avoid Remedial Classes)

When are we ever gonna use Math?  On placement tests!
First click on this to see what students need to know:  (ACCUPLACER placement test sample questions)

The link above should be required reading (& writing & arithmetic) for all middle and high school students, their teachers, principals and families.
If high schools can share this information and help students ace their placement tests, then students can ace their placement tests, avoid remedial classes and take actual college courses.

Up to 75% of students end up in remediation and more than half the courses offered are at the remedial level.

Credit:Prof Barbara Lawrence Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY)

Make sure you know what’s on the placement test and not just Math — Reading and Writing too!  This is especially important for community college students as placement tests are administered to all students and 75% are placed into remedial classes aka developmental mathmatics..

CUNY (City University of New York) just switched to the ACCUPLACER placement tests from COMPASS which is being discontinued.  Here is a link to an app for practice on this content:
Create an account and practice!!



When Will We Use Math? ACCUPLACER and COMPASS

In addition to Learn Pass Graduate for the Regents exam (more specifically, Common Core Algebra I) needed for a HS diploma in NY, there are other reasons to learn Math like being savvy about Finance, building critical thinking skills and developing persistence.  Click here for The Benefits of Learning Math.
There is another super important reason to learn Math: Placement testing!

Especially at the community college level — this goes for reading and writing as well.
If you can pass the placement test, you can take credit bearing non-remedial classes (if you do not pass the placement test, you can only take non-credit bearing remedial classes).

Look at these requirements from Herkimer Community College in upstate NY:
Herkimer Comm College

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Many colleges use ACCUPLACER, made by the College Board,  for their placement testing. Here is a pdf of ACCUPLACER sample items and a free web based ACCUPLACER Study App

Some colleges use COMPASS, made by ACT, for their placement testing.
Here is a pdf of COMPASS sample items.

Learning Math gives people opportunity and  options for career and college!!