ACCUPLACER and Writeplacer Information

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension / Sentence Skills tests use a multiple-choice format. There’s no time limit on the tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills.

ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology. Questions are presented based on your individual skill level. Your response to each question drives the difficulty level of the next question. It’s important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.

The Reading Comprehension portion of the test measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences. You need to distinguish between direct statements and supporting ideas. 

The Sentence Skills portion of the test measures your understanding of what makes a sentence complete and clear. Some questions deal with the logic of the sentence, and others with the relationships between two sentences.

  • These assessments are done on a computer.
  • Practice questions are available.
  • There is no time limit for this assessment; most people take 1-2 hours to complete it.
  • The fee of $15 for the assessments can be paid at Admissions.

How can I prepare for the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension / Sentence Skills test?

There are many sites that offer practice material and tips for how to do well on the ACCUPLACER tests. If you like, you can "google" 'ACCUPLACER practice tests'.

Also, see these practice samples: English ACCUPLACER, and ESL ACCUPLACER.

A free ACCUPLACER Study App is available on ITunes.

How can I prepare for a Writeplacer assessment?

This test measures your ability to write effectively. You will be given an introduction to an important issue. You will then write an essay (minimum 300 words) expressing your point of view on that issue, supporting your opinion with reasons and examples. The score will be based on your focus, organization, development and support, sentence structure and mechanical conventions.

  • This test is done on a computer.
  • Sample essays are available.
  • There is a 70 minute time limit for this assessment.

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How can I schedule an ACCUPLACER or Writeplacer assessment?

You can book an appointment to write the ACCUPLACER or Writeplacer through:

For the testing session, you must bring photo ID.

Unable to attend one of our scheduled times? Please call and we will try to accommodate you.
Not in Whitehorse? Please call us to make arrangements.

When will I get the results?

You will receive your results within a week (often sooner) of completing the ACCUPLACER.  Results will also be forwarded to the Admissions Office and entered into your student file. 

The Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills test scores are reported on a 120-point scale. These score are listed in the column titled Total Right Score on your score report sheet. Example: If your Total Right Score is 78, that equates to 78/120.

Your ACCUPLACER scores are valid for two years.
You may rewrite an assessment after six months have passed.

For further assistance, contact the Testing Centre Coordinator at 867.668.8832 or testing@yukoncollege.yk.ca.