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Placement Test Practice

Being prepared is the best way to ease the stress of test taking. If you are having difficulty scheduling your Placement Test, please contact the UNG Testing Office.

General Placement Test Tips

  1. Practice, practice, practice before your scheduled Placement Test. 
  2. If you have a physical or learning disability, contact Disability Services promptly to discuss whether or not you are eligible for accommodations at UNG for your Placement Test.
  3. The night before your Placement Test, get a good night’s sleep. This is not an ideal time to stay out late with friends. Take a rain check on that.
  4. Make certain you eat something nutritious before your test. Your brain cannot work on low fuel. Also make certain you are hydrated. Good choices are fruit, yogurt, almonds, or peanut butter crackers and water.
  5. Make certain you have directions to the test site and that you allow sufficient time to get lost at least once, search for a parking space, use the restroom, check in with the testing administrator, and take some calming breaths before the test begins.
  6. The testing environment tends to be a little cool, so please bring a sweater with you, just in case. Scratch paper and pencils are provided by the testing administrator. You will not be permitted to use an outside calculator or your cell phone in the testing center; lockers are provided to secure your personal items.

During the Placement Test

  1. If you are required to take more than one subject area test, the order in which they are administered is: Writing 1st (if required); Reading 2nd (if required); and Math 3rd (if required). All of this is completed on a computer in one session.
  2. Please read all test directions carefully. We often see students scoring low on the Placement Test simply because they rush through the directions and then don’t fully understand or follow them. The directions for each test are different, so take the time to read through each set of instructions.
  3. The Placement Tests are not timed (with the exception of the WritePlacer). Please do not be concerned if other students are finishing before you. They may not be required to take the same number of tests as you. They also may have a different set of math problems or different reading passages than you. Nobody is your pace car and this isn’t a race to the finish line.

How UNG Uses Your Placement Test Scores

Following University System of Georgia policy, UNG will use your Next Generation Accuplacer scores to determine placement into or out of Learning Support. Students who score below 243 on the Reading test (scored on a 200-300 point scale) and/or below 4 on the WritePlacer (scored on a 0-8 point scale) will have a Learning Support English requirement at UNG. Students who score below 258 on the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QRAS) test (scored on a 200-300 point scale) will have a Learning Support math requirement at UNG. Students scoring between 258 and 265 will have a Learning Support math requirement at UNG if their major requires College Algebra, MATH 1111, either as a core requirement or as a pre-requisite for a core math requirement. Your scores do not determine admissibility but, rather, determine placement. For more information about Learning Support you can read about it on the Learning Support Website.

After Your Placement Test

  1. Upon receiving an Admissions decision on your Check Application Status site, please contact Dede deLaughter (by email or by phone at 706-310-6207)with any questions you may have about your test results and/or any retesting options.
  2. If you do place into Learning Support, please understand that this is not punitive but, rather, in your best interest. UNG strives to support you in achieving your academic goals, and that includes starting you in the appropriate level of instruction that sets you up for academic success.

Placement Test Subject Areas

If you have a red yes in any Placement Test Required row on your Check Application Status page in Banner, read the information below relating to the area in which you have the red yes.

English/Writing

Practice Before Your Test

Since you will be required in your WritePlacer Test to compose an actual timed essay, practice that skill on the free Longsdale Publishing Accuplacer practice site

Click on the Register NEW Account button. Look on your Check Application Status page for the School Number and School Key. After you register, you will be issued a username and password. SAVE this information for future log-in access!

Schedule Your Accuplacer Test

Look on your Check Application Status page for the link or contact UNG Testing. If you need assistance or wish to opt out of Accuplacer testing, please email learningsupport@ung.edu.

  1. Don’t rush. You will have one hour to write your essay. Your essay will be evaluated on organization, focus, development and support, sentence structure, and mechanical conventions.
    1. Use the provided scratch paper to do your brainstorming.
    2. Using your brainstorming ideas, write your essay.
    3. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT your essay, PROOFREAD!
  1. Proofreading tips:
    1. Make sure your essay actually answers the prompt.
    2. If you used examples, make certain they are clear and concise.
    3. Avoid using impressive-sounding vocabulary unless you are absolutely certain you are using those words correctly.
    4. Re-read every paragraph carefully. You know what you meant to say. Will the reader know what you meant to say?
    5. Re-read your entire essay from the bottom to the top, one sentence at a time. This is a good way to catch grammar errors, like sentence fragments, subject-verb agreement errors, punctuation errors, and the like.
  1. Be sure to review the information in the preparation modules before and between practice tests to improve your score!

Reading Comprehension

Register and Practice the Test

Visit the Longsdale Publishing Accuplacer practice site and select the Register NEW Account button. Look on your Check Application Status page for the School Number and School Key. After you register, you will be issued a username and password. SAVE this information for future log-in access!

Schedule Your Accuplacer Test

  • Look on your Check Application Status page for the link or contact UNG Testing. If you need assistance or wish to opt out of Accuplacer testing, please email learningsupport@ung.edu.
  • Select the Reading test.
  • Be sure to review the information in the preparation modules before and between practice tests to improve your score!

Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QRAS)

Practice the Test

  1. Visit the free Longsdale Publishing Accuplacer practice site. Then click on the Register NEW Account button. Look on your Check Application Status page for the School Number and School Key. After you register, you will be issued a username and password. SAVE this information for future log-in access!
  2. Select the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QRAS) test.
  3. Be sure to review the information in the preparation modules before and between practice tests to improve your score!

Schedule Your Accuplacer Test

Look on your Check Application Status page for the link or contact UNG Testing. If you need assistance or wish to opt out of Accuplacer testing, please email learningsupport@ung.edu.

Test Taking Tips

  1. Take your time. Answering the math problems as accurately as possible could save you time and money in the future if you are not required to take an extra math class.
  2. Check your answers. Remember, in a multiple choice test, there are usually at least two wrong answers that are based on the most common miscalculations or process errors.
  3. Calculators and scrap paper. Certain placement test problems will allow you to use the built-in calculator. If not, use the scratch paper that will be provided. (This scratch paper will be collected before you leave the test, so don’t make your to-do list on it.)

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