The College Board offers Accuplacer as a way to determine the skills of an incoming student. The test helps place students where they are most likely to thrive in their academic pursuits. It meets the assessment needs of community colleges, four-year colleges, technical schools, and high schools.
Accuplacer is a web-based assessment tool to determine skills in reading, writing, and math. It is untimed. Students can normally complete it in less than 90 minutes. All questions must be answered, and students cannot go back over a previous question once they answer it. Accuplacer test scores become available as soon as the student completes the exam.
Accuplacer may determine whether a student goes directly into a college-level course or a remedial class. Preparation for the exam can help assure proper placement of students.