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ACCUPLACER (CPT)

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The ACCUPLACER (CPT) is a state approved common placement test alternative used by Broward College in place of the PERT test on a case by case basis. This primarily includes students testing at a distance outside of Florida. However, the PERT is still the College's primary placement test. The purpose of the ACCUPLACER (CPT) is to determine accurate course placement based on the student's skills and abilities. ACCUPLACER is an integrated system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The ACCUPLACER (CPT) is adaptive. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question in the order it is given. You can change your answer to a particular question before moving on to the next question, but you cannot leave a question out or come back to it later to change your answer. If you do not know the answer to a question, try to eliminate one or more of the choices. Then pick from the remaining choices.

The test is untimed, but the average time to complete all three sections in one sitting is approximately 2 hours. A student’s scores determine appropriate course placement. Allot approximately 40 minutes per subject area. 

ACCUPLACER (CPT) test scores expire after 2 years. Students with expired scores must retest on the College's primary common placement test. 
*There is a retest fee for all retest attempts regardless of the age of previous scores.

  • Non-Broward College students wishing to take the ACCUPLACER for another institution must complete a Remote Testing request. Requests must be approved by Broward College AND the students home institution. 
  • Broward College students cannot request to take the ACCUPLACER (CPT). The primary placement test at Broward College is the PERT. 
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ACCUPLACER (CPT) Versions
​ACCUPLACER Classic 
Valid through January 2020
​ACCUPLACER Next Generation
*​Effective Starting: October 2019 
​Score Range: 20-120
Score Range: 200-300​
​Reading Comprehension
​Next Generation Reading
​Sentence Skills
​Next Generation Writing
​Elementary Algebra
​Next Generation Qualitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
*Pending state approval and adoption to state rule 6A-10.0315 on or about October 1, 2019. 

ACCUPLACER (CPT) Test Fast Facts
​How Long is the Test?
ACCUPLACER (CPT) is untimed but usually takes an average of 2 hours to complete.​ ​
​How much does the test cost?

Visit the Testing Fees webpage for more information!

All fees must be paid prior to testing. 
​Broward College Students:
  • ​First attempt is free
  • All retests are $18.50 per attempt 

Non-Broward College Students:
  • Must complete Request Form
  • All attempts are $18.50 per attempt

​How long are scores valid?
2 years​ ​
​Can I retest?
​Yes. Students can retest according to the following policy:
  • First retest after 24 hours
  • All other retests must wait 30 days between each retest attempt
A retest fee applies for all retest attempts regardless of the age of previous scores. 

Testing Times
Testing times differ from Center Opening and Closing Times.
Student Testing Times as shown below:  Students must be seated in the Testing Center no earlier/later than the time reflected below if they are taking all 3 sections of the ACCUPLACER (CPT) test!

​Location
​Days of the Week
​Testing Times

Central Campus

M,T,W,R
F
S
8:15am - 5:00pm
8:15am - 12:00pm
9:15pm - 12:30pm
North Campus
​M,T,W,R
F
​8:15am - 3:45pm
8:15am - 12:00pm
South Campus
​M,T,W,R
F
​​8:15am - 3:45pm
8:15am - 12:00pm
Miramar West Center
​M,W
T,R,F
​​8:15am - 3:45pm
8:15am - 12:00pm
Willis Holcombe Center
R
F
8:30am - 12:30pm
8:30am - 12:30pm

M=Monday, T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, R=Thursday, F=Friday, and S=Saturday
  • Times assume student is taking the full test. 
  • Check with Testing Center for test start and end times for partial test.
Testing Fees
Visit the Testing Fees webpage for more information!

Common Placement Test Retesting Policy*

Test sections* covered by this policy:

  • Classic - Reading Comprehension
  • Classic - Sentence Skills
  • Classic - Elementary Algebra
  • **Next Generation - Reading
  • **Next Generation - Writing
  • **Next Generation - Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
*Any state specific ACCUPLACER subtest sections are not accepted by BC.
**Interim scores approved by FLDOE Board of Education and effective September 24, 2019. 
  • Non-Broward College students wishing to take the ACCUPLACER for another institution must complete a Remote Testing request. Requests must be approved by Broward College AND the students home institution. 
  • Broward College students cannot request to take the ACCUPLACER (CPT). The primary placement test at Broward College is the PERT. The ACCUPLACER is administered as the primmary Remote Testing option for approved BC students testing at a distance. Remote Testing requests are approved on a case-by-case basis.
Students may retake the ACCUPLACER (CPT) an unlimited number of times. However, they must adhere to the following retesting timeline:
  • First retest attempt may be taken after 24 hours.
  • All other retests attempts must wait 30 days between each retest attempt. 
This timeline applies to postsecondary students testing remotely.

Remediation prior to each test attempt is strongly encouraged
  • Visit your campus ASC or use the ACCUPLACER (CPT) test preparation section below for remediation information. 

Fees

  • There is a $18.50 retest fee for each retest attempt regardless of the score age.
  • Fee must be paid prior to testing. 

ACCUPLACER (CPT) attempts from another institution do not count towards attempts at Broward College.

Retesting is required after scores expire.

Secondary school students testing for Broward College:
  • More information for secondary students available HERE
  • Must take the PERT test. 
Per state rule 6A-10.0315, PERT test scores are valid for two (2) years. 
*Retesting updated and effective August 1, 2019. 

Testing Accommodations
Students with documented testing accommodations must present them to the Office of Accessibility Resources prior to the desired test date. The Testing Center will work with the Office of Accessibility Resources to provide approved testing accommodations. 

Instructions for requesting testing accommodations:

  1. Student presents documentation to Accessibility Resources department.
  2. Accessibility Resources department intakes documentation.
  3. Accommodations are determined.
  4. Accessibility Resources department informs Testing Center about candidate's accommodations.
  5. Candidate contacts Testing Center to schedule the test with accommodations.
  6. Testing Center plans for accommodated testing needs.
  7. Candidate tests.
Test Preparation Resources

Remote Placement Testing

Students needing to take a common placement test, who live outside of the South Florida area, have the option to request remote placement testing accommodations. Students must follow these steps:

  • Students must have a BC ID # prior to making the requesting.
  • All requests must be approved by the Institutional Test Administrator (ITA) (mwebb@broward.edu) or designee prior to taking the test.
  • Requests must be received at least 10 business days prior to the preferred test date.
  • Student must locate a proctor in your geographic area at a postsecondary test center or for those serving in the military or foreign services, a military /government educational facility.
  • If no proctor is available, virtual proctoring may be an option. 
  • Students are responsible for all remote related proctoring fees as well as any BC testing fees which include virtual proctoring fees.
remote testing options

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