The College Board has developed ACCUPLACER Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs), with the help of committees of college faculty, to provide information about skill levels in reading, writing, English and mathematics. Community Colleges use these scores to determine appropriate course placement for students.
The tests are computerized, with students using either the keyboard or a mouse to enter answers. A Test Administrator is always present and has the ability to resolve any difficulties that may occur.
Each test is adaptive, so that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented based on correct responses to prior questions. This technique selects questions that are of an appropriate level of difficulty for the tester. With the exception of the essay, the tests are not timed. Students have one hour to complete the essay.
Any individual may take the Computerized Placement Tests at the Center for Alternative Studies and Educational Testing.