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2018 ACCUPLACER Scores Explained

Do you need help understanding how the ACCUPLACER grading system works? Do you want to know your strengths as well as your weaknesses? We interpret your ACCUPLACER scores so you can target and hone the specific skills needed to boost your results on the ACCUPLACER test.

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ACCUPLACER Scores Table 2018

SectionLow ScoreMinimal ScoreBasic ScoreSufficient ScoreSubstantial Score
College-Level Math20–3940–6263–8586–102103
Elementary Algebra20–4344–8182–108109
Reading Comprehension20–5051–7778–9899–120
Sentence Skills20–5354–8687–108109–120


The ACCUPLACER Math section is graded on a scale that ranges between 20 and 120 points. There are three tests in the math section: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College-Level Math. Read more about the ACCUPLACER math scoring scale

ACCUPLACER English Scores

The ACCUPLACER English section is graded on a scale that ranges between 20 and 120 points. The English section is divided into two tests: Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. Learn more about the ACCUPLACER English scoring scale

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Written Essay Scores

The WritePlacer Written Essay section of the ACCUPLACER assessment test evaluates your ability to write coherently and articulately. This section is graded on a scale that ranges between 0 and 8 points. Read more about the ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Essay scoring


The ACCUPLACER English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) section is graded on a scale between 20 and 120 points. The English-As-A-Second Language assessment consists of four sections: Language Use, Listening, Reading Skills, and Sentence Skills. Learn more about the ACCUPLACER English-As-A-Second Language scoring scales.

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Below is a list of frequently asked questions about ACCUPLACER results.

How Is My ACCUPLACER Score Used?

If you are taking the ACCUPLACER test for placement purposes, your ACCUPLACER score is given to your guidance counselor to assist in placing you in the appropriate college course level. If you are taking the ACCUPLACER for admissions purposes, your ACCUPLACER result is taken into consideration by the admissions office when they review your application.

When Will I Receive My ACCUPLACER Score?

The ACCUPLACER is a computerized test. Therefore, you will receive your results immediately after finishing the assessment. The results remain available for four years.

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What is an Adaptive Test?

The ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test, which means that each candidate will take a test unique to them. The difficulty of the questions will change depending on your answer to a previous question. If you get a question correct, then the subsequent question will be harder but if you get a question incorrect, the next question will be easier.

What Will My ACCUPLACER Results Look Like?

Once you have finished the exam, you will receive a score report that displays the numerical score from each section. Depending on the college, some counselors give printed score reports in addition to the on-screen report you receive at the end of the test.

What Is a Score Report?

The Score Report details each section in which you were tested and provides you with a numerical grade (on a scale from 20–120). The essay portion of the test is given a grade value from 0–8.

You also receive feedback on six important aspects of the WritePlacer Essay assessment:

  • purpose and focus
  • organization and structure
  • development and support
  • sentence variety and style
  • mechanical conventions
  • critical thinking

What Score Do I Need in Order to Take College-Level Courses?

Each college has its own score requirements. Therefore, your guidance counselor will be able to tell you which courses you may or may not be able to take, based on your ACCUPLACER scores.

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