The Accuplacer, developed by The College Board, is the assessment tool used by New River Community and Technical College. This placement test consists of three parts: reading comprehension, sentence skills, and mathematics (arithmetic and elementary algebra).
The Accuplacer is required if
- a student cannot submit ACT or SAT placement scores or has not taken either test
- has not taken and passed a college level English and math course verified by unofficial or official transcript.
ACT, SAT or Accuplacer test scores must be from within five years (5) from the date of application for admission.
New River CTC strongly encourages students that score below the following cutoff scores on the Accuplacer to enroll in Adult Basic Education courses to better prepare them for foundation courses. The cutoff scores for Adult Basic Education recommendation are:
- Less than 31 in the arithmetic domain
- Less than 47 on the reading comprehension test
- Less than 46 on the sentence skills test
Guidelines for Accuplacer Testing
1. The student must have applied for admission to the college and have a valid student ID number before testing.
2. The student must make an appointment to test with the Educational Counselor or Test Proctor in the Student Success Center on his/her campus.
3. The student must provide a photo ID and their student ID number before testing.
4. If the student does not make passing scores on the Accuplacer, a retest may not be rescheduled before 48 hours have passed. A re-test fee of $10 will be paid before the student is allowed to re-test.
5. ACT, SAT or Accuplacer test scores must from within five years (5) from the date of application for admission.
To schedule the Accuplacer placement test or to request a study guide link, contact the Student Success Center representative on your local campus.
Advanced Technology Center: 304-929-5016 Greenbrier Valley Campus: 304-647-6591
Mercer County Campus: 304-818-2014 Nicholas County Campus: 304-883-2465
Raleigh County Campus: 304-929-5016
Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level. Scores are normally available immediately after testing is completed. The Accuplacer test can be taken in lieu of the ACT or SAT. A composite score cannot be obtained by taking this test. Anyone needing a composite score for Nursing, Radiological Technology, Medical Assisting, or NCAA purposes MUST take the National ACT or SAT. A minimum of 60 days must have elapsed before retesting is allowed with Accuplacer.