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Review by Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2014

The Official ACCUPLACER Study App

Solid test prep features representative questions, detailed feedback

Subjects & skills
  • English Language Arts
  • Math

  • Critical Thinking
  • College & Career Prep
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Pros: Detailed feedback, representative content, and a variety of questions offer good value for the price.

Cons: With just 250 questions for five tests, users will quickly exhaust the app's resources.

Bottom Line: A good tool for quick study, but look elsewhere for detailed info about test strategy and scoring.

Teachers might encourage students prepping for ACCUPLACER tests to download the app and use it as an on-the-go study tool. This works best for the Sentence Skills and Reading Comprehension apps. Teachers should also help students plan strategies for taking the computer-based test, including how to set up scratch paper, navigate the computer terminal, and pace themselves through the testing.

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Editor's Note: The ACCUPLACER Study App is no longer available.

This test-prep app prepares kids and adults for ACCUPLACER school-placement exams. Five of the 10 ACCUPLACER exams are represented in the app's Home section: arithmetic, elementary algebra, college-level math, reading comprehension, and Sentences Skills. (The other five exams -- one writing test and four ESL exams -- are not included.) For each test, users can choose to take a sample test or choose Learn As You Go, in which they get an overview of the test's question format and read detailed feedback after each question. Sample tests and Learn As You Go sessions always contain 15 questions, and both sections draw from a test bank of about 50 questions per test. (The developer claims 250 questions are included in the app.) In the real test, questions are based on the last question's difficulty and the user's response; in the app, questions seem to be random. The History section lets users track their overall progress on sample tests.

This test-prep app was created by the tests' developer, so users can feel confident that the content will accurately reflect questions they'll see on the real thing. Some key details are missing, however, such as the number of questions on each test and some basic info about how computer-based testing works. For these five exams, the total number of questions on the real tests ranges from 12 to 20; it's surprising the app offers users only 15-question tests and doesn't mention the distinction. It's also disappointing that more information isn't provided about computer-adaptive testing or strategies test-takers might use.

One of the most appealing aspects of ACCUPLACER exams is that they're untimed, making them a good fit for learners with a wide variety of backgrounds and ability levels. Overall, this app provides students with useful access to material that could appear on the tests, and offers a convenient option for exploring and reviewing information at their own pace.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Serious test-preppers will appreciate the simple interface, instant feedback, and easy result tracking.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Detailed feedback for correct and incorrect responses often includes multiple pathways for solving problems.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Interface is simple; it's clear how to get feedback instantly and revisit it later. 

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Patricia Monticello Kievlan Foundation/nonprofit member

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