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Accuplacer Test

What is the Accuplacer Test?

The Accuplacer placement test is utilized to enroll in English, Mathematics, and other courses which list an assessment score pre-requisite.

Skagit Valley College offers the Accuplacer test to accurately place students. The Accuplacer test is not like a traditional pass or fail test. There is no "passing" score. Rather, scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help. The Accuplacer test is a computer-based assessment and is not timed. Whatever the results, Skagit Valley College has a starting place for you.

Skagit Valley College utilizes the Reading Comprehension Accuplacer Test to place students in English and Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College-Level Math Accuplacer tests to place students in math. For general information about the test see: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/ 

Registering for and Taking the Accuplacer Test

Please choose the location below that will best serve you for more details regarding the schedule process.

Arrive fifteen minutes before your scheduled testing time. A current photo ID and Student ID number (or receipt of payment if a Non-SVC Student/ retaking test) is required.

Note that test start times are absolute and the testing room will be closed after tests have begun. Late arrivals will need to make another appointment.

Mount Vernon
Whidbey Island
San Juan Center
South Whidbey Center
  • Mount Vernon Testing Center
    Testing Location:
    Lewis Hall Room L206
    2405 East College Way
    Mount Vernon, WA 98273

    To schedule an Accuplacer appointment you will need your Student Identification number (SID) and PIN. If you do not know your SID and PIN, please call the Mount Vernon Enrollment Services office at 360-416-7700 or visit the Enrollment Services desk in Lewis Hall on the first floor.

    Individuals needing accommodations should contact Disability Access Services at 360-416-7958.

    Schedule your Accuplacer test at the Mount Vernon Campus

  • Whidbey Island Test Center
    Testing Location:
    Hayes Hall Room 109
    1900 SE Pioneer Way
    Oak Harbor, WA 98277

    To schedule an Accuplacer appointment you will need your Student Identification number (SID) and PIN. If you do not know your SID and PIN, please call Whidbey Island Student Services 360-679-5319 or visit Old Main Room 100.

    Test times are as follows:

    • Wednesday – 12:45 p.m. for 1 p.m. test; 4:45 p.m. for 5 p.m. test
    • Saturday – 8:45 a.m. for 9 a.m test

    Individuals needing accommodations should contact Disability Access Services at 360-679-5393.

    Schedule your Accuplacer test at the Whidbey Island Campus

  • San Juan Center
    Location:
    221 Weber Way
    Friday Harbor, WA 98250

    Schedule your Accuplacer test at the San Juan Center by calling 360-378-3220.

  • South Whidbey Center
    Location:
    5476 Maxwelton Road, Building C
    Langley, WA 98260

    Schedule your Accuplacer test at the South Whidbey Center by calling 360-341-2324.


Taking the Accuplacer Test as a Non-SVC Student

If you are not planning to attend SVC but need to take the Accuplacer test, there is a $15 test fee which is payable at the Cashier Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Proof of this payment and a phone number or social security number is required to schedule your test.

Preparing for the Accuplacer Test

Study to take the Accuplacer test! You want your results to reflect the information you truly know; therefore, if you haven’t been to school in a while, it might take some preparation to dust off that information in your mind. Because this test indicates which classes you will take (which is an investment of time and money for you), we want the results to place you where you truly belong. By preparing for the test, you can assure you are in the best courses to continue on your educational journey.

Practicing for the Accuplacer Placement Test

Sample Accuplacer Reading Questions

Sample Accuplacer Math Questions

We recommend this site for additional English practice and review: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar

There are several sites offering practice questions and sample problems for various levels of math. Sites we recommend:

  1. WAMAP.org An online diagnostic test designed to prepare you for the placement exam. To begin:
    1. Click the "Create an account and enroll" button at the bottom of the page
    2. Fill in the boxes to quickly and easily create a free WAMAP account
    3. You will be taken directly to Skagit Valley College's practice site for the Accuplacer test 
  2. http://www.khanacademy.org
  3. http://www.sosmath.com
  4. http://mathforum.org

Retaking the Accuplacer Test

You may request a retest in any of the Accuplacer subjects. The cost is $15.00. Students will be placed into classes using the highest of the two scores.

Relaxation Techniques for Test Anxiety

  • Sit quietly and comfortably with eyes closed.
  • Systematically relax your muscles, beginning with your feet and moving up your body. Tense each muscle group and then release. Allow streams of relaxation to flow through your body.
  • As distractions come into your mind, let them go, you can deal with them later. Stay in the moment.
  • Continue to relax and breathe for 10-20 minutes once or twice a day.