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The placement test at AACC is used to assess college-level skills in mathematics, English and reading. The computerized placement test (ACCUPLACER) is offered to new students to assist AACC staff in determining course placement. This is not a college admissions test.

After the test has been completed and scored, an advisor will review the results with the student and offer suggestions for appropriate workshops.

There are three types of placement tests:

  • ACCUPLACER Placement (native English speakers)
  • ESL Placement (nonnative English speakers)
  • Arithmetic Placement (Health Sciences and biology students only)

AACC Placement Prep Guide

The testing office has created a prep workshop in Canvas for all new students to review placement criteria, purpose and study resources prior to taking the ACCUPLACER Placement test. This free resource offers general information on college admission, testing and retake options. The guide also provides sample questions for the ACCUPLACER English, reading, math and ESL placement tests. You also will find sample questions for the Arithmetic Placement test.

Students must complete the instructional modules of this course prior to taking their ACCUPLACER test through the Testing Center. 

Accessing Canvas Site  

Self-Enroll into the workshop. 

In order to access this workshop, students must: 

  • Complete an AACC admissions application  
  • Receive an AACC Student ID
  • Establish a login to the MyAACC portal

More information about activating your MyAACC account can be found in the email sent to you after completing your application, or at Activate MyAACC.

ACCUPLACER Canvas Site Contents  

The ACCUPLACER Prep Canvas Site contains the following information in order to assist you with your placement:

  1. Explanation of placement and ways to attain a course placement at AACC
  2. Outline of ACCUPLACER tests, length, scoring and rules
  3. Instructions on how to take your ACCUPLACER test and what to expect on test day
  4. ACCUPLACER practice tests and instructions on accessing them
  5. Studying and tutoring resources to help you prepare

Additional Help 

Need more help? Our staff is here to answer your questions and provide guidance.

If you would like to meet with someone to discuss your individual placement needs, or if you need help with navigating the Canvas site, complete the Placement Needs Request Form.

If you would like to speak with someone at the center, call 410-777-2375 or email Testing Center.


ACCUPLACER Study App

Provided by College Board and ACCUPLACER, this free app works on most internet devices including computers (PC/Mac), smartphones and tablets.

The study app features practice tests in arithmetic, elementary algebra, college-level math, reading comprehension and sentence skills. Students can review content and evaluate their skills prior to sitting for the actual placement exam.

For instructions on how to access the sample app, please view our ACCUPLACER Prep document.

Please Note: If you plan to take your placement test prior to Feb. 6 2019, please be sure to select the "Classic Practice Test".  Otherwise, select "Next Generation Practice" if you plan to take the placement on Feb. 6 or later.