This page provides a breakdown of the score ranges for the three ACCUPLACER math assessments. Use the quick links below to navigate the page.

The arithmetic section of the ACCUPLACER exam consists of 17 questions which determine your knowledge in three areas of basic arithmetic:

- whole numbers and fractions
- decimals and percentages
- applications

Your ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score places you in one of five skills groups:

20-37 | 38-64 | 65-92 | 93-109 | 110 |
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Low Arithmetic Skills |
Minimal Arithmetic Skills | Basic Arithmetic Skills | Sufficient Arithmetic Skills | Substantial Arithmetic Skills |

For a greater breakdown of the skill groups, you must either be able to apply or have mastered the skills listed in each category below.

Students can perform the following tasks:

- Calculate an average, given integer values
- Identify data represented by simple graphs
- Make conversions between fractions, decimals, and percents
- Perform the basic arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers
- Estimate products and squares of decimals, and square roots of whole numbers and decimals
- Divide whole numbers by decimals and fractions
- Solve simple word problems involving fractions, ratio, percent increase and decrease, and area
- Solve simple percent problems of the form p% of q = ? and ?% of q = r

Students have mastered the skills in the Low Arithmetic score group. Students are able to do the following:

- Find equivalent forms of fractions
- Estimate calculations involving fractions

Students have mastered the skills in the Minimal Arithmetic and Low Arithmetic score groups. Students are able to perform the following tasks:

- Solve word problems involving the manipulation of units of measurement
- Solve complex word problems involving percent, average, and proportional reasoning
- Find the square root of decimal numbers
- Solve simple number sentences involving a variable

Students have mastered the skills in the Basic Arithmetic, Minimal Arithmetic, and Low Arithmetic score groups. Students can apply learned knowledge and solve problems from all skills groups with ease.

Students who have mastered all skills groups and consistently deliver high scores in all tests may receive a score that places them in the Substantial Arithmetic Skills group.

The elementary algebra portion of the ACCUPLACER exam consists of 12 questions that determine your knowledge in three areas of elementary algebra:

- integers and rationals
- algebraic expressions
- equations, inequalities, and word problems

20-43 | 44-81 | 82-108 | 109 |
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Minimal Elementary Algebra Skills |
Basic Elementary Algebra Skills |
Sufficient Elementary Algebra Skills |
Substantial Elementary Algebra Skills |

For a more substantial break down of the score groups, read below to learn about the skills that students must master or at least be able to apply.

Students can perform the following tasks:

- Perform operations with signed numbers
- Combine like terms
- Multiply binomials
- Evaluate algebraic expressions
- Add radicals
- Add algebraic fractions
- Factor the difference of squares
- Square binomials
- Solve linear equations with integer coefficients
- Factor quadratic expressions

Students have mastered the Minimal Algebra score group skillset and can complete the following tasks:

- Solve linear equations with integer coefficients
- Simplify algebraic expressions
- Solve quadratic equations

Students have mastered the skill sets for both the Minimal Algebra and Basic Algebra score groups, and can perform the following tasks:

- Simplify algebraic expressions
- Factor quadratic expressions where a=1
- Solve linear equations with fractional and literal coefficients, and linear inequalities with integer coefficients
- Solve systems of equations
- Identify graphical properties of equations and inequalities

Students who have mastered all score group skill sets for Elementary Algebra and can consistently apply learned knowledge and perform well in ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra testing may score within the Substantial Elementary Algebra Skills score group.

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The Elementary Algebra section of the ACCUPLACER exam consists of 20 questions which determine your knowledge in six areas:

- algebraic operations
- solutions of equations and inequalities
- coordinate geometry
- applications and other algebra topics
- functions
- trigonometry

20-39 | 40-62 | 63-85 | 86-102 | 103 |
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Low College-Level Math Skills |
Minimal College-Level Math Skills |
Basic College-Level Math Skills |
Sufficient College-Level Math Skills |
Substantial College-Level Math Skills |

Students must be able to apply or in some cases master a particular set of skills. For a more substantial break down of the score groups, read below to learn about the skills that students must master or at least be able to apply.

Students can complete the following tasks:

- Identify common factors
- Factor binomials and trinomials
- Manipulate factors to simplify complex fractions
- Simplify and perform arithmetic operations with rational expressions, including complex fractions
- Work with algebraic expressions involving real number exponents
- Factor polynomial expressions
- Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities
- Solve quadratic equations by factoring
- Solve absolute value equations
- Graph simple parabolas
- Determine the value of a function for a specific number in the domain
- Determine the value of the composition of two functions
- Understand basic geometry and trigonometry

Students have mastered the Low College-Level Math skill set and can perform the following tasks:

- Evaluate and simplify expressions involving functional notation, including composition of functions
- Understand polynomial functions
- Solve simple equations involving trigonometric functions, logarithmic functions, and exponential functions

Students have mastered the Low College-Level Math and Minimal College-Level Math skill sets, and can complete the following tasks:

- Perform algebraic operations and solve equations with complex numbers
- Solve right-triangle problems
- Understand trigonometric functions and their inverses
- Solve trigonometric equations
- Manipulate trigonometric identities
- Understand the relationship between exponents and logarithms
- Understand the rules that govern the manipulation of exponents and logarithms
- Recognize graphic properties of functions such as absolute value, quadratic, and logarithmic

Students have mastered the Low College-Level Math, Minimal College-Level Math, and Basic College-Level Math skill sets.

Students who have mastered all the skill sets for the College-Level Math scoring groups and who deliver strong performances during testing sessions may achieve a score that places them in the Substantial College-Level Math Skills score group.

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