Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

ACCUPLACER Testing for Admission

The ACCUPLACER system consists of six main tests presented in a computer-adaptive mode. All tests are untimed except for WritePlacer, which has a one-hour limit. Basic calculators are permitted for all testing.

When does the ACCUPLACER take place? 

Testing sessions take place every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at TRU Kamloops. For students living outside Kamloops, the ACCUPLACER test can be completed off-campus.

How can I prepare for the ACCUPLACER?

How much does the ACCUPLACER cost to write?

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A $35 entry assessment testing fee must be paid before test results will be processed.

How do I register for the ACCUPLACER? What happens next?

  • Register to write the ACCUPLACER and pay the testing fee through our online registration system.
  • Complete the ACCUPLACER entry assessment on the established date. For the testing session, you must bring picture ID and a copy of your payment receipt.
  • After completing the entry assessment tests, you will be given a copy of your results.
  • An assessed copy of your results will be forwarded to the Admissions Office and/or the chairperson or lead instructor of the appropriate program.
  • The entry assessment test scores are valid for one year.

What if I need to rewrite the ACCUPLACER?

You may rewrite one or more of the ACCUPLACER tests after your initial attempt. It is highly recommended that you spend several weeks reviewing the subject matter before attempting the rewrite. If your scores on the rewrite still do not meet the program requirements, before you can attempt a subsequent rewrite, you must submit documentation indicating successful participation in an upgrading course or tutoring program (click here for a copy of the intervention form), or wait until at least one year has passed since the last testing session. The fee for a rewrite is $25. 

What scores do I need on the ACCUPLACER, and how do I interpret the scores?

ProgramReading
Comprehension
Sentence
Skills
WritePlacerArithmeticElementary
Algebra
Aboriginal Health Career 65 60 4 55 30
Applied Business Technology 75 70
Bachelor of Education in Trades & Technology 75 50
Business Diploma in Management 85 60
Construction Trades:
— Carpentry/Residential/Joinery
65 60 65 40
Construction Trades:
— Piping
75 65 40
Electrical
Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic
Powerline Technician
75 70 75 50
First Year English (English 1100) 85 80 6    
Food Training:
— Culinary Arts
— Retail Meat Processing
55 55
Health Care Assistant 65 60 4
Mechanical Trades:
— Automotive Service Technician
— Millwright
75 65 40
Mechanical Trades:
— Heavy Mechanical
— Welding
55 55 30
Other Trades:
— Partsperson
— Trowel program
— Water Treatment
55 55

Note: these scores are based on a variety of validity studies and may change after subsequent studies.

 

For more information, contact the TRU Assessment Centre at assess@tru.ca.