What Is the ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Test?
The ACCUPLACER Arithmetic test is a section of the ACCUPLACER math test, which is part of the college math placement test that also includes an English placement test.
There are 17 questions in this section. These questions evaluate your knowledge across three areas: whole numbers and fractions, decimals and percentages, and applications and problem-solving. The test assesses your knowledge and application of mathematical operations, in which you must solve straightforward mathematical concepts.
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Practice Tests
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ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Test Topics
Below you will find an outline of the topic material in each of the three sections of the ACCUPLACER Arithmetic test.
Whole Numbers and Fractions:
- addition
- subtraction
- multiplication
- division
- fractions
- estimation
Decimals and Percentages:
- basic arithmetic using decimals
- recognizing equivalent percentages
- percent problems
Applications and Problem Solving:
- rate and measurement problems
- fraction problems
- geometry
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Arithmetic Sample Questions for ACCUPLACER
Below you can find three sample questions for the ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Test. These sample questions include a solution below each question.
Answer and ExplanationThe correct answer is (B).First, reduce both fractions to their simplest form. Next, look for the lowest common denominator and then convert the fractions according to this denominator. Finally, add the fractions and, if needed, reduce the fraction.
To simplify, first reduce the fraction by dividing the numerator and denominator by 6:
Note that the lowest common denominator is 10.
Rewrite the equation and solve:
Reduce the calculated result by dividing the numerator and denominator by 2:
The result is:
Therefore, the correct answer is (B).
If you chose any other answer, review your calculations. You should look specifically at how to cancel down fractions and add them.
Question 2: Level 2 ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Question
4186 ÷ 0.001 = ?
- 4,186,000
- 418,600
- 41,860
- 41.86
Scroll down to reveal the answer.
Answer and Explanation
The correct answer is (A).
To solve this problem, note that you can move the decimal point an equal number of spaces on each side of the division sign without changing the division value.
4186. ÷ 0.001 =
41860. ÷ 0.01 =
418600. ÷ 0.1 =
4186000. ÷ 1. = 4,186,000
Therefore, the correct answer is (A).
If you chose any other answer, review your calculation.
Question 3: Level 3 ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Question
There are 60 monks in the Gate Way Monastery.
20% keep an oath of silence for one day a week. 50% keep an oath of silence for two days a week. 10% keep an oath of silence all week. The rest do not keep an oath of silence at all.
On average, how many monks keep an oath of silence per day?
- 6
- 2.7
- 12
- 1.9
Scroll down to reveal the answer.
Answer and ExplanationThe correct answer is (D).To solve this problem, calculate how many monks, out of the total, keep the silence oath. Then, calculate the average per day.
20% of 60 monks:
12 monks keep the oath once a week.
50% of 60 monks:
30 monks keep the oath twice a week.
10% of 60 monks:
6 monks keep the oath all week.
The rest:
12 monks do not keep an oath of silence.
Calculate the average number of monks that the keep the oath per day:
Therefore, the correct answer is (D).
If you chose answers (A) or (C), check how to solve average problems.
If you chose answer (B), you probably divided by the number of days per week and not by the number of monks.
ACCUPLACER Math Study Guide – Free Questions
You can find ACCUPLACER Arithmetic questions in our free ACCUPLACER study guide. You can use these questions and answer explanations to get an idea of the types of questions you will find on both the real ACCUPLACER test and our ACCUPLACER practice packs.
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