Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

ACCUPLACER Testing

ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.

The ACCUPLACER Next Generation 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.

At Thompson Rivers University, it is used for program admission, adult basic education, and English language assessment purposes.

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.

Programs that use ACCUPLACER for admission:

  • Aboriginal Health Career Program
  • Applied Business Technology
  • Applied Sustainable Ranching
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Business Diploma in Management
  • Carpentry / Residential Construction / Joinery
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical
  • Heavy Mechanical
  • Industrial Instrumentation Mechanic
  • Millwright/Industrial Mechanic
  • Plumbing/Piping
  • Power Engineering
  • Refrigeration Mechanic
  • Retail Meat Processing
  • Welding

ACCUPLACER Testing for Placement into Adult Basic Education

Six ACCUPLACER tests (Next Generation) are used to assess the English and math skills of students enrolling in the Adult Basic Education program. All tests are untimed except for WritePlacer, which has a one-hour time limit.

English as a Second or Alternate Language (ESAL)

The TRU English Placement testing system consists of four parts:

 Reading skills

The Reading Skills part of LOEP tests the student's comprehension of short passages. The sub-test contains brief passages of 50 words or less and moderate length passages of 50 to 90 words. There is a variety of passage content such as the arts, human relationships, physical science, history/social sciences and practical situations. Half of the Reading Skills sub-test contains straightforward comprehension items (paraphrase, locating information, vocabulary on a phrase level, and pronoun reference). The other half assesses inference skills (main idea, fact vs. opinion, cause/effect logic, identifying irrelevant information, author's point of view, and applying the author's logic to another situation).

 Language use

The Language Use sub-test measures grammar and usage. It contains questions in two formats: completing a sentence by filling in a blank with the word or phrase from the choices given, and choosing a sentence that best combines two discrete sentences that are given. The skills covered are subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, forms of irregular verbs, appropriate verb forms in structures, noun-noun agreement, noun forms, pronouns, modifiers, comparatives, prepositions, connectives, parallelism, and sentence fragments/run-ons.

 Sentence meaning

Sentence Meaning assesses the understanding of word meanings in one- or two-sentence contexts. The sentences are drawn from the content areas of natural science, history/social studies, arts/humanities, psychology/human relations, and practical situations. The areas tested are: particle verbs (or phrasal verbs), basic and important idioms, adverb/adjective phrases, basic nouns, verbs and adjectives (particularly terms of beauty, age, greatness, size), adverbs of frequency, sequence of adverbs (before, after, during), prepositions of direction and place (from, to, at, for, etc), comparatives, connectives, and commands.  

 Writing sample

WritePlacer ESL (English as a Second Language) provides a direct measure of the writing skills of students who are not native speakers of English. For this test, examinees are asked to provide a writing sample in response to a specific prompt. Examinees have 1 hour to complete the writing sample. Each response is evaluated based on the following features of writing:

  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence Structure
  • Focus
  • Organization
  • Development and Support

For more information and sample questions, please refer to the College Board ACCUPLACER website.

An oral interview follows these written sections.

Purpose

Assessment tool for student placement in ESAL courses/ programs at TRU.

Fees

The English Placement assessment fee is $45.

Procedure

  • Students must register to write the English Placement assessment through the Assessment Centre.
  • Testing takes place in a computer lab in the Old Main building. The exact room number is posted on the day of the test. Students are to report to the testing room at 8:45 A.M. on the testing day.
  • Students are to bring picture ID and student number or Social Insurance Number.
  • The testing session lasts approximately 3 hours.

Testing dates

Testing takes place on Wednesdays. Please contact the Assessment Centre to reserve a seat by phone: 250-828-5470 or email: assess@tru.ca


Test Descriptions

The ACCUPLACER System is designed to provide placement, advisement, and guidance information for students entering Thompson Rivers University (TRU). A detailed description of each of the six main tests is provided below. More information, sample questions and a free study APP are available at the College Board ACCUPLACER website.

English Tests

 Reading Test

Each student taking this test will be presented with a series of 20 multiple choice questions. Questions are either discrete (standalone) or part of sets built around a common passage or passages. Four broad knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Information and Ideas (reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, understanding relationships)
  • Rhetoric (analyzing word choice rhetorically, text structure, point of view, purpose, arguments)
  • Synthesis (analyzing multiple texts)
  • Vocabulary
 Writing Test

Each student receives 25 multiple choice questions. In answering the questions, test takers must determine the best revision or editing decision in a particular case (or that no change should be made to the passage as originally presented). Two broad knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Expression of Ideas (development, organization, effective language use)
  • Standard English Conventions (sentence structure, usage, punctuation)
 WritePlacer Test

For this test, examinees are asked to provide an on-demand writing sample in response to a specific prompt. Examinees have 1 hour to complete the writing sample. Each response is evaluated based on the following features of writing: focus, organization, development and support, sentence structure & mechanical conventions. Holistic scoring is used to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the writing sample as evidenced by how well a piece of writing communicates a whole message. Each writing sample is evaluated based on its overall impression, not on the basis of the individual writing characteristics in isolation. Additional information about the WritePlacer test and writing samples are available at: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-tsi-writeplacer-sample-essays.pdf

Math Tests

 Arithmetic Test

This test consists of 20 multiple choice questions that focus on computation, order of operations, estimation and rounding, comparing and ordering values in different formats, and recognizing equivalent values across formats. The following knowledge and skill categories are assessed:

  • Whole number operations
  • Fraction operations
  • Decimal operations
  • Percent
  • Number comparisons and equivalents
 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) Test

This test consists of 20 multiple choice questions that assess the following knowledge and skill categories:

  • Rational numbers
  • Ratio and proportional relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Linear applications and graphs
  • Probability and sets
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Geometry concepts for Pre-Algebra & Basic Algebra
 Advanced Algebra and Functions Test

This test consists of 20 multiple choice questions that assess the following knowledge and skill categories:

  • Linear equations
  • Linear applications and graphs
  • Factoring
  • Quadratics
  • Functions
  • Radical and rational equations
  • Polynomial equations
  • Exponential and logarithmic equations
  • Geometry concepts for Algebra
  • Trigonometry

FAQ

 When does the ACCUPLACER testing 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.

 What scores do I need on the ACCUPLACER?
At TRU, the minimum scores required on the ACCUPLACER entrance tests are as follows:
Program Reading Writing WritePlacer Arithmetic Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics (QAS) Advanced Algebra & Functions
Aboriginal Health Care 240 240 4 240

230

Applied Business Technology 250 250
Applied Sustainable Ranching 250 250 5 245 235
Automotive Service Technician 250 250 240
Business Diploma in Management 260 245 235
Carpentry 240 240 250 240
Culinary Arts 230 240
Electrical 250 250 260 245
First Year English 250 250 5
Health Care Assistant 240 240 4
Heavy Mechanical 230 240 230
Industrial Mechanic
(Millwright/Machinist)
250 250 240
Instrumentation/Control Technician 250 250 260 245
Piping/Plumbing 250 250 240
Power Engineering 250 250 250 240
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 240 240 250 240
Retail Meat Processing 230 240
Welding 230 240 230
Note: these scores are based on a variety of validity studies and may change after subsequent studies.
Recommended scores for Adult Basic Education Courses:
ABE Course Level Reading Writing WritePlacer Arithmetic Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics (OAS) Advanced Algebra & Functions
First Year English 250 250 5
English 0600 240 240 4
English 0500 230 230 3
English 0300/0400 ≤ 220 ≤ 220 ≤ 2
First Year Math ≥ 260 ≥ 245 ≥ 235
Math 0600/0610 250 240
Math 0510/0520 240 230
Math 0300/0400  ≤ 230  ≤ 220
Note: these scores are based on a variety of validity studies and may change after subsequent studies.
 How do I interpret the scores?

The Reading; Writing; Arithmetic; and Quantitative Reasonings, Alegbra & Statistics (QAS) test scores are reported on a scale from 200 to 300.

The WritePlacer Score is reported on a scale from 0 - 8 with a description for each score. A score of zero indicates that the response was off topic, in a language other than English, too short to be evaluated, or in some other way not able to be scored.

 How can I prepare for the ACCUPLACER Next Generation?
 How much does the ACCUPLACER cost to write?

A $37 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.

You must bring picture ID to the ACCUPLACER entry assessment on the established date to complete your test.

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.

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