ACCUPLACER Arithmetic, Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics Practice Test

The ACCUPLACER arithmetic, quantitative reasoning, algebra and statistics subtests are computer-adaptive tests comprised of 20 questions of varying complexities.

Since the ACCUPLACER math tests are computer adaptive, they will automatically select an appropriate difficulty level for the questions you are presented based on your previous responses; this process serves to accurately represent your individual skill and knowledge level to appropriately place you into classes. These tests are appropriate for students entering non-STEM fields of study, or those whose majors are undecided.


Exam outline for the ACCUPLACER math test

Practice For the ACCUPLACER the Best Way

How to Study Effectively

Your success on ACCUPLACER test day depends not only on how many hours you put into preparing but also on whether you prepared the right way. It’s good to check along the way to see whether your studying is paying off. One of the most effective ways to do this is by taking ACCUPLACER math practice tests to evaluate your progress. Practice tests are useful because they show exactly where you need to improve. Every time you take a free HESI practice test, pay special attention to these three groups of questions:

  • The questions you got wrong
  • The ones you had to guess on, even if you guessed right
  • The ones you found difficult or slow to work through

This will show you exactly what your weak areas are, and where you need to devote more study time. Ask yourself why each of these questions gave you trouble. Was it because you didn’t understand the material? Was it because you didn’t remember the vocabulary? Do you need more repetitions on this type of question to build speed and confidence? Dig into those questions and figure out how you can strengthen your weak areas as you go back to review the material.

Answer Explanations

Additionally, many ACCUPLACER math practice tests have a section explaining the answer choices. It can be tempting to read the explanation and think that you now have a good understanding of the concept. However, an explanation likely only covers part of the question’s broader context. Even if the explanation makes sense, go back and investigate every concept related to the question until you’re positive you have a thorough understanding.

Comprehend Each Topic

As you go along, keep in mind that the ACCUPLACER math practice test is just that: practice. Memorizing these questions and answers will not be very helpful on the actual test because it is unlikely to have any of the same exact questions. If you only know the right answers to the sample questions, you won’t be prepared for the real thing. Study the concepts until you understand them fully, and then you’ll be able to answer any question that shows up on the test.

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What to Expect on Test Day

When you arrive to your designated testing location you will be asked to present an appropriate form of legal identification to the testing administrator prior to entry for safety and security purposes. You may also be asked to bring additional special materials, depending on the institution.

Contact your designated test center for further information and instruction as you prepare to take your ACCUPLACER math test. If you require any disability accommodations, you will need to contact the center in advance as well.

Once the test begins, you will be presented with a series of multiple-choice questions that you can answer at your own pace. The ACCUPLACER math tests are untimed, which allows you to answer each question to the best of your abilities, which will be reflected by the computer-adaptive nature of the test.

Calculator Use

Handheld calculators are not permitted for use on the ACCUPLACER math tests and will not be allowed into the test center. In the event a question is configured to allow for calculator use, you will be given access to one on the computer through an icon on the screen.

How to Make an Appointment

The ACCUPLACER tests are administered by College Board. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you should start by visiting with your college advisor or counselor. If your institution is located in another state, there may be remote testing options available to take your ACCUPLACER test. Your advisor or counselor will be able to guide you further on the necessary steps to receive permission for remote testing and schedule your appointment.

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Subtest

You will be presented with 20 questions on the ACCUPLACER arithmetic subtest. The questions will assess your comprehension of fundamental arithmetic concepts, including the following knowledge and skills categories:

  • Decimal Operations (3-5 questions / 15-25%)
    • Addition, Division, Multiplication and Subtraction of Decimal Numbers
    • Applying Operations to Real-Life Contexts
    • Estimation and Rounding
    • Order of Operations
  • Fraction Operations (3-5 questions / 15-25%)
    • Addition, Division, Multiplication and Subtraction of Fractions and Mixed Numbers
    • Applying Operations to Real-Life Contexts
    • Estimation and Rounding
    • Order of Operations
  • Number Comparisons and Equivalents (3-5 questions / 15-25%)
    • Comparisons of Differently Formatted Values by Ordering
    • Evaluation of Equivalent Number Statements
    • Using Equality/Inequality Symbol Notation
    • Using the Number Line
  • Percent (3-5 questions / 15-25%)
    • Applying Percent to Real-Life Contexts
    • Calculation with Percent (with or without a context)
    • Determining the Percent of a Number
    • Percent Decrease
    • Percent Increase
  • Whole Number Operations (3-5 questions / 15-25%)
    • Addition, Division, Multiplication and Subtraction of Whole Numbers
    • Applying Operations to Real-Life Contexts
    • Estimation and Rounding
    • Order of Operations

ACCUPLACER Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) Subtest

When you take the ACCUPLACER quantitative reasoning, algebra and statistics (QAS) subtest, you will be asked to respond to 20 questions designed to assess your level of comprehension of the following knowledge and skills:

  • Algebraic Expressions (2-3 questions / 10-15%)
    • Creating and Evaluating Expressions to Represent Situations
    • Identify Equivalent Expressions
    • Using Properties of Operations to Combine Like Terms
  • Descriptive Statistics (1-3 questions / 5-15%)
    • Calculating Measures of Center
    • Describing Shape and Spread of a Sample Set
    • Interpreting Graphical Displays of Data (histograms, box plots and scatter plots)
  • Exponents (2-3 questions / 10-15%)
    • Applying Scientific Notation
    • Calculating with Exponents, Radicals and Fractional Exponents
  • Geometry Concepts for Algebra I (1-2 questions 5-10%)
    • Creating Expressions for Area, Perimeter and Volume
    • Evaluating Basic Geometric Transformations
    • Using Distance Formula and Pythagorean Theorem
  • Geometry Concepts for Pre-Algebra (1-2 questions / 5-10%)
    • Circle Area and Circumference
    • Determining Area and Perimeter
    • Volume of Prisms
  • Linear Applications and Graphs (2-4 questions / 10-20%)
    • Applying Linear Equations to Real-Life Contacts
    • Graphing Linear Equations in Two Variables
    • Linear Inequalities
    • Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
    • Systems of Equations
    • Using Elementary Linear Functions to Describe Relationships
  • Linear Equations (2-4 questions / 10-20%)
    • Creating Linear Equations in One or Two Variables
    • Simplifying Linear Equations and Inequalities
    • Solving Linear Equations
    • Solving Systems of Two Linear Equations
  • Probability and Sets (1-3 questions / 5-15%)
    • Calculating Probability (simple, compound and conditional)
    • Defining Sample Spaces and Events Using Set Notation
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships (3-4 questions / 15-20%)
    • Calculating with Rates, Ratios and Proportions (with or without a context)
    • Usage of Absolute Value
  • Rational Numbers (1-3 questions / 5-15%)
    • Calculating and Applying Rational Numbers (with or without a context)
    • Usage of Absolute Value

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Strategy for ACCUPLACER Practice

When you’re ready to start taking ACCUPLACER practice tests, follow this strategy:

  • Remove Limitations. Take the first test with no time constraints and with your notes and ACCUPLACER study guide handy. Take your time and focus on applying the strategies you’ve learned.
  • Time Yourself. Take the second practice test “open book” as well, but set a timer and practice pacing yourself to finish in time.
  • Simulate Test Day. Take any other practice tests as if it were test day. Set a timer and put away your study materials. Sit at a table or desk in a quiet room, imagine yourself at the testing center, and answer questions as quickly and accurately as possible.
  • Keep Practicing. Keep taking practice tests on a regular basis until you run out of practice tests or it’s time for the actual test. Your mind will be ready for the schedule and stress of test day, and you’ll be able to focus on recalling the material you’ve learned.

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How many questions are on the ACCUPLACER math test?

There are 40 questions in total on the ACCUPLACER math test. The arithmetic subtest contains 20 questions, and the QAS subtest contains 20 questions.

How do you pass the ACCUPLACER math test?

There is no “pass/fail” scoring system for the ACCUPLACER math test. Your score will be placed on a score range of 200-300. Your placement on that range will indicate your mathematics knowledge and abilities.

To achieve a high score on the ACCUPLACER math test, you will need to spend an adequate amount of time studying for the test. Our test-taking experts have put together the best strategies for test-taking, which you can see here.

What is a good score on the ACCUPLACER math test?

Your ACCUPLACER math test score will be placed on a score range of 200-300. Within that range are five score bands:

  • 200-236
  • 237-249
  • 250-262
  • 263-275
  • 276-300

A good score to aim for is the 263-275 score band.


By Alli Burnett

Alli graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 2020 and serves as the Math Content Coordinator for Mometrix. She uses her passion for math to help create and edit math content that is understandable and enjoyable for learners at any level.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: August 3, 2022