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Preparing for the CPT
You can prepare for the test by reviewing reading comprehension, sentence skills and mathematics practice questions and review sites.
This test is unlike the MCAS; therefore, reviewing sample test questions to become familiar with the test will help you perform better.
Sample CPT Questions
Reading Comprehension
This test measures a student's ability to understand what is read.
- In the Sentence Relationship Questions, two sentences are followed by a question or a statement. Students should read the sentences, then choose the best answer to the question or the best completion of the statement.
- Narrative Questions ask students to read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. Answers should be based on what is stated or implied in the passage.
Take the Reading Comprehension Sample Test
Sentence Skills
This test measures a student's understanding of sentence structure, how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear.
- In the Sentence Correction Questions, students select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original sentence. If the reader thinks the original sentence is best, the first one should be chosen.
- In the Construction Shift Questions, students will be asked to rewrite the sentence in their heads. The new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the original sentence.
Take the Sentence Skills Sample Test
Mathematics
The math test consists of two parts. The Elementary Algebra Test is given first. Students scoring well on that test will be given the College Level Math Test. Students scoring lower in elementary algebra will be given the Arithmetic Test.
- The Arithmetic Test measures the student's ability to perform basic arithmetic operations and to solve problems that involve fundamental arithmetic concepts, specifically fractions, decimals and percentages.
- The Elementary Algebra Test measures a student's ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems that involve elementary algebraic concepts.
- The College-Level Math Test measures a student's ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts such as algebraic operations and solution of equations and inequalities.
Take the Mathematics Sample Test
Additional Practice Tests:
The Accuplacer Student Website explains the test and has sample questions. Please note: QCC does not use the Writeplacer test. Visit the Accuplacer Student Website.
Tutorial Websites:
Math:
Sentence Skills:
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Reading:
Accuplacer Tests are broken down into these specific content areas:
Test |
Percentage of Test (approximation) |
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Reading Comprehension | |
Identifying Main Ideas | 12-25 |
Direct Statements/Secondary Ideas | 12-40 |
Inferences | 12-40 |
Applications | 12-25 |
Sentence Relationships | 24-29 |
Sentence Skills | |
Recognizing Complete Sentences | 30-40 |
Coordination/Subordination | 30-40 |
Clear Sentence Logic | 30-40 |
Arithmetic | |
Whole Numbers and Fractions | 31-44 |
Decimals and Percents | 31-38 |
Applications and Problem Solving | 25-31 |
Elementary Algebra | |
Signed Numbers and Rationals | 8-17 |
Algebraic Expressions | 42-67 |
Equations, Inequalities, and Word Problems | 17-50 |
College-Level Mathematics | |
Algebraic Operations | 20 |
Solutions of equations and Inequalities | 15 |
Coordinate Geometry | 15 |
Functions | 20 |
Trigonometry | 20 |
Applications and Other Algebra Topics |