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Welcome to the Academic Resource Center's placement testing information site. Once you decide to attend the Teaneck-Hackensack Campus of FDU; you will begin to receive information designed to guide you through the process.

During Family Advising & Student Testing Days (F.A.S T), newly admitted full-time undergraduates and transfer students who have not completed the first level math or English courses required by their major must present themselves for testing.

Our test, ACCUPLACER Online, is designed to determine your present level of mathematics, English and reading. In addition, depending on the requirements of your major, chemistry and/or foreign language may be administered.
If your test scores indicate you do not place in college-level courses, you will be required to take developmental courses. These courses do not carry credit towards graduation but are counted for purposes of residency, financial aid and athletics eligibility .Developmental courses prepare you to be successful in your college level work. It is important to do your best on these exams.


About the Test
Accuplacer Online uses the Internet as its platform. You will have three sections administered on the computer. Each of them is multiple choice in style. They include reading, sentence sense skills and elementary algebra. Those students who receive a high score on the elementary algebra section will be prompted to take the college math section. All of these tests are adaptive, which means that the computer automatically determines the next questions to be presented based upon responses to prior questions. This technique selects question which are neither too easy nor too difficult.
Test sections are untimed, so you have sufficient time to think about your desired answer. Once that answer has been selected and confirmed, you may not return to it.

Format
Questions are presented on screen one at a time with all possible answer choices. You may also find additional information, such as a reading passage, picture or table of information, which is needed to answer the question. The keyboard or a mouse may be used to select your choice. When an answer is chosen and the "NEXT" button has been clicked, a box will appear asking for confirmation of your choice. At this point, you may cancel, go back and choose a different answer, or confirm by clicking on the "OK" button. To cancel and choose another answer, click on the
"CANCEL " button.
Because this test is adaptive, every question must be answered in the order given. You may not return to a question once the "NEXT" button has been selected. If the answer is completely unknown, try to eliminate one or more choices and pick from those remaining.
At the end of the test, one of two pages will appear: A page indicating that your test is complete, or one which tells you which test you have completed and which test will be taken next.
Description of Test Sections*


READING COMPREHENSION TEST
This test is designed to measure your level of understanding of a piece of
reading material. Some questions are the sentence-relationship type, in which the correct answer best describes how two sentences are related.

Other reading comprehension questions refer to reading passages of various lengths.
Some questions will ask you to read the statement or passage and then choose the best answer to the question. Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage.

There are two types of pottery that I do. There is production pottery -- mugs, tableware, the kinds of things that sell easily. These pay for my time to do the other work, which is more creative and satisfies my needs as an artist.
The author of the passage implies that
A) artists have a tendency to waste valuable time
B) creativity and mass-production are incompatible
C) most people do not appreciate good art
D) pottery is not produced by creative artists

The correct answer is: creativity and mass-production are incompatible. The author of the passage implies that creativity and mass-production are incompatible.

In other questions, two underlined sentences are followed by a question or statement. Read the sentences, then choose the best answer to the question or the best completion of the statement.

The Midwest is experiencing its worst drought in fifteen years.
 Corn and soybean prices are expected to be very high this year.

What does the second sentence do?
A) It restates the idea found in the first.
B) It states an effect.
C) It gives an example.
D) It analyzes the statement made in the first.

The correct answer is It states an effect. The second sentence states an effect.

SENTENCE SKILLS TEST
This test measures understanding of sentence structure; that is, how sentences are put together and what makes a sentence complete and clear . There are two kinds of questions. Sentence-correction questions require the selection of a word or phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. Construction-shift questions ask that a sentence be rewritten in a specific way without changing the meaning.

Before you begin there will be two sample questions with the correct
answers indicated.
In some questions you will be asked to select the best version of the underlined part of the sentence. The first choice is the same as the original. If you think the original sentence is best, choose the first one.

Ms. Rose planning to teach a course in biology next summer .
A) planning
B) are planning
C) with a plan
D) plans
The correct answer is: plans.
The sentence should be: Ms Rose plans to teach a course in biology next summer.

In other questions you will be asked to rewrite a sentence in your head. You will be told how to begin your new sentence. Your new sentence should be well written and should have essentially the same meaning as the sentence given you.

Being a female jockey, she was often interviewed.
Rewrite, beginning with: She was often interviewed. ..
The next words will be:
A) on account of she was
B) by her being
C) because she was D) being as she was

The correct answer is: because she was.
The sentence should be: She was often interviewed
because she was a female jockey.

ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA TEST

This test includes operations with integers, rational numbers and algebraic expressions. Questions include problems in solving systems of linear equations, solving quadratic equations by factoring, solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, translating written phrases into algebraic expressions and graphing.

Before you begin there will be a sample question with the correct answer indicated.

Here is a sample question. Solve the following problem. You may use the paper you have been given for scratchwork.
2x + 3x + y =

A)6xy
B) 5x + y
C) 5(x + y)
D) 6x+y

The correct answer is 5x + y.

If a number is divided by 4 and the 3 is subtracted, the result is 0. What is the number?
a) 12
b) 4
c) 3
d) 2

The correct answer is: a) 12

16x -8 =

a) 8x
b) 8(2x-x) c) 8(2x-1) d) 8(2x-8)

The correct answer is: c) 8 (2x-l)

COLLEGE LEVEL MATHEMATICS TEST

This test assesses proficiency from intermediate algebra through pre- calculus. Six categories are covered: Algebraic operations; solutions of equations and equalities; coordinating geometry; applications; functions; and trigonometry.
All figures in this test are drawn as accurately as possible, given the limits of the equipment being used.
Before you begin there will be a sample question with the correct answer indicated.
Here are some sample questions. Solve the following problems. You may use the paper you have been given for scratchwork.

If the 1st and 3rd terms of a geometric sequence are 3 and 27, respectively, then the 2ndterm could be
A) 6
B) 9
C) 12
D) 15
E) 18

The correct answer is: B) 9

Remember to read the information which comes with your F.A.S.T Day Reservation Card and proceed as directed.
If you have specific questions about the test itself, please call the Academic Resource Center at (201) 692-2076.
The Accuplacer is also administered in written form for individuals who are not familiar with a computer .

* Sample questions adapted from The ColIe2e Board's Student Guide for Computerized Placement Tests.