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ACCUPLACER Skills Assessment

Use this guide to find resources to study for the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Skills Assessment for student course placement.

What are Next-Generation Reading Skills?


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. Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:

  • Information and Ideas
  • Rhetoric
  • Synthesis
  • Vocabulary

Reading Sample Practice

Use the Reading Sample Questions guide below:

Use the Study App to Practice and Get Prepared

The ACCUPLACER web-based study app features practice tests in each test subject. It is accessible from most devices with internet access, and will help you become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER test questions. Create an account with any email address to get:

  • “Learn as you go” tests with explanations of the correct or incorrect responses.
  • Sample tests similar to the real thing, so you’ll know ahead of time what your experience will be like on test day.
  • The ability to save your work at any time, and come back when it’s convenient for you.
  • The ability to review your score history to see what you’re already doing well and what skills you should focus on improving.

Placement Test Preparation

Do you have books to help me study?

Definitely! If you need help finding the books below or any other item in the library, just Ask a Librarian. 

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St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000