Testing Services

Accuplacer - Reading Comprehension

GENERAL INFORMATION

The ACCUPLACER System is computer-adaptive, multiple-choice tests. Test scores are provided immediately after testing.

The length of time varies from one to three hours depending on each student. However, once you have selected and confirmed your answer, you cannot return to that question.

TEXAS SUCCESS INITIATIVE
Section 51.3062 of the Texas Education Code establishes the Success Initiative (SI) program as a requirement at all Texas institutions of higher education. The effective date of the program is September 1, 2003.

The Texas Success Initiatives include Elementary Algebra, Reading Comprehension, TXWritePlacer Plus(Essay), and Sentence Skills. Calculators are permitted only when taking the Math section of the exam and it is provided on the computer screen.

The College Board™ developed the ACCUPLACER™ Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs), with the help of committees of college faculty, to provide information about your level of skill and accomplishment in reading, writing, English and mathematics. All entering undergraduate students (unless exempt) are required to take an assessment test prior to enrolling in classeses. The approved assessment tests are: THEA (formerly named TASP), ASSET, COMPASS, and ACCUPLACER.

The minimum passing scores for each of these tests are set by the state; each institution may establish its own score requirements at or above these minimums. The minimum passing scores are:

THEA: reading = 230; mathematics = 230; writing = 220

ACCUPLACER: reading comprehension = 78; elementary algebra = 63; sentence skills (objective) = 80; essay = 6

ASSET: reading skills = 41; elementary algebra = 38; writing skills (objective) = 40; essay = 6

COMPASS: reading skills = 81; algebra = 39; writing skills (objective) = 59; essay = 6

(The minimum passing standard for the written essay portion of these tests is a score of 6. However, an essay with a score of 5 will pass if the student meets the objective writing test standard.)

DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION
Students who score below the minimum passing level on one or more sections of the initial assessment test are required to enroll in appropriate developmental education course(s) as assigned  by an advisor in the University Studies Division.

PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS
Students who pass the assessment test may still be required to enroll in a developmental education course if their test scores do not meet the placement requirements established by the University of Houston academic departments. See your academic advisor for detailed information about UH placement requirements.

FEES

You may register online for the ACCUPLACER test at http://testing.las.uh.edu or come by the University Testing Services located in room 204 of the Student Service Center 1. You must register at least 48 hours before the schedule test time and day. All registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fees for the ACCUPLACER tests :

  • $10.00 for Essay (TXWrite Placer)
  • $5.00 each for Elementary Algebra, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Skills
  • $7.00 each for College Level Math, Arithmetic, and LOEP tests.

The registration fee is non-refundable and payable to University of Houston at the time of registration by credit card, cash, check or money order (currently enrolled UH students will be billed).

You will receive your scores immediately after testing.
If you have questions about a test item, you may write to:

The College Board™
ACCUPLACER™ Test Development
45 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY 10023

If you have questions about your score after receiving the results, please contact Academic Advising.

Reading Comprehension Test
Each student taking this test will be presented with a series of 20 questions of two primary types. The first type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long narratives are provided. The reading passages can also be classesified according to the kind of information processing required, including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.

The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences. The question may ask, for example, if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information.

Both reading passages and sentence relationship questions are varied according to content categories to help prevent bias because of a student`s particular knowledge. These categories include social sciences, natural and physical sciences, human relations and practical affairs, and the arts. In the Reading Comprehension test, for example, each student will receive four long reading passages, eight to nine questions based on short passages, and four to five questions involving sentence relationships.

SAMPLE TESTS
Please click here for the Sample Test.

For more information on Accuplacer, please visit college board website

You may sign up online @ https://testing.las.uh.edu