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ACCUPLACER Skills Assessment

This guide provides resources to study for the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Skills Assessment for student course placement.

What are Next-Generation Writing Skills?

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Next-Generation Writing evaluates a test-taker’s ability to revise and edit multiparagraph text. Questions cover two broad knowledge and skills categories, each containing three subcategories:

Expression of Ideas

  • Development
  • Organization
  • Effective Language Use

Standard English Conventions

  • Sentence Structure
  • Usage
  • Punctuation

WritePlacer® (Written Essay)

The WritePlacer test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your score is based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas. The position you take on the essay topic doesn’t affect your score. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Focus: The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view.
  • Organization: The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas.
  • Development and Support: The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details.
  • Sentence Structure: The effectiveness of your sentence structure.
  • Mechanical Conventions: The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics.

For more details, use the WritePlacer Guide below:

WritePlacer Guide for Practice

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.

Do you have books to help me build skills?

Definitely! If you need help finding the titles listed below or any other item in the library, just Ask a Librarian. We love to help! 

ESL Resources

Writing Advice and Tips

Planning the Essay

  • think about what you want to say
  • jot down the main points you want to cover
  • include ideas, arguments, and examples to support your point of view
  • considering how best to organize your ideas

Writing the Essay

  • address the topic immediately
  • make your point of view clear
  • support your points with specific, relevant examples
  • write a fully-formed response that clearly develops your viewpoint and stays on topic throughout the essay

Going Over the Essay

  • set aside a few minutes after you finish writing to read over your essay
  • read carefully, correct any mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc.
  • make sure you have written a variety of types of sentences (both short and long)
  • proofread your essays to make sure that what you have written makes sense and clearly expresses your point of view on the topic

TIPS To Improve Writing

  • Practice a variety of types of writing...
  • Try some creative writing...
  • Read as often as possible and read a wide variety of material...
  • Understand that writing is a process involving brainstorming, planning, writing, and editing.
  • Work to make your writing better by improving its organizational structure and making it well developed, and by using descriptive language that is also clear and concise.
  • Get feedback about your writing from qualified individuals...
  • Do some public speaking to help you think through your ideas and communicate them clearly...
  • Remember that the more you write, the better you will get at it.

STLCC Writing Centers provide Writing Assistance

"The Writing Centers have fully-trained staff members available to critique papers, offer grammar assistance, assist with research and answer questions."

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