ACCUPLACER (Next Generation)

ACCUPLACER® is a comprehensive battery of tests designed to provide information about a student's English, reading and mathematics skills. Tests within the ACCUPLACER System are delivered over the Internet and assist with determining if students are prepared for college-level courses or if they would benefit from developmental courses.

It is not a pass or fail test, however, it will determine which classes you are eligible to take and which classes best fits your academic needs.


Next-Generation Reading assesses the test-taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included.

More Next-Generation Reading details at CollegeBoard’s Next-Generation ACCUPLACER.


Next-Generation Writing evaluates a test-taker’s ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text. Questions cover two broad knowledge and skills categories:

  1. Expression of Ideas
  2. Standard English Conventions

More Next-Generation Writing details at CollegeBoard’s Next-Generation ACCUPLACER.


Next-Generation Math includes:

  1. Next-Generation Arithmetic
  2. Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)
  3. Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)

More Next-Generation Math details at CollegeBoard’s Next-Generation ACCUPLACER.


    • Davenport Candidates: Your Admissions Representative will schedule you for the ACCUPLACER exam if you are seeking admission to Davenport.
    • Non-Davenport Students: Please see the information page on how to register as a Non-DU student.

    Accuplacer Policies

    • Retake Rule: DU students may take any sub-test or the complete test 2 times per calendar year.  A student must wait 2 weeks before retaking the Accuplacer.
    • ID Requirements: Candidate must bring one form of picture identification such as a passport, a state-issued driver's license, a state-issued ID card, a student ID or an employee ID.  Candidates will not be tested if they fail to present appropriate ID.
    • Personal Items: Personal items will not be accessible to candidates during their testing session.

    • Prohibited Items: All personal items including cellular phones, computers and other/any electronic devices, bags, purses, wallets, coats, hats (all non-religious), briefcases, watches, books, notes and all other personal possessions. These items may be left in a car or placed in a secure area designated by DU staff. Cell phones are strictly prohibited.  No Exceptions.

    • Testing Scores: Test scores will be available immediately following the completion of the exam.
    • Test Length: The test typically takes from one to two hours, however it is an untimed test.

    ADA Accommodations:

    Davenport University will provide reasonable accommodation(s) upon request to ensure equal access to University educational services and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the individual’s needs. Please visit our accommodation page for further information.


    How to Prepare for ACCUPLACER:

    You can prepare for ACCUPLACER by taking advantage of the study tools and resources offered.  Use these tools to become familiar with the types and format of ACCUPLACER test questions. They can help you identify the academic areas where you may need a little help, and prepare to improve:

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      Course Credit

      Davenport can offer course credit for certain Accuplacer scores achieved. 

      Subject Course Number Exam Minimum Score Credits 
       English Composition ENGL 109 Accuplacer Reading & Writing

      285+ Reading and
      285+ Writing

      Intermediate Algebra MATH 125 Accuplacer Math FC

      275+ QAS and

      250+ Advanced Algebra/Functions


      Pre-Calculus Math 150 Accuplacer Math FC

      276+ Advanced Algebra/Functions